CLIFTON—With the season opener set for next week, Hico Head Football Coach Wade Williams was waiting for a sign from his offensive line that they were ready. He got it here Thursday night during a three team scrimmage against Clifton and Salado.

“I’ve been worried about our offensive line, but they did a great job,” Williams said.

He was especially pleased with the play from four members of the group, citing Tony Turrubiartes, Tyson Kash, Travis Stone and Jack Sheperd for their efforts up front.

Quarterback Westin Williams is continuing to come of age. The sophomore was 8-14 passing for 148 yards Thursday. Coach Williams said the receivers helped with those numbers, making several impressive grabs.

Defensively, the Tigers struggled. Williams noted difficulty preparing for two offensive units in the same week.

“As coaches, we didn’t do a good job of getting the defense ready,” Williams said. “I know we can play good defense when we’re better prepared.”

Williams is not in favor of participating in three-team scrimmages again in the future.

“About the time we would figure one team out, another one would be on the field,” he said.

Williams and the Tigers open the 2007 season against arch-rival Hamilton in what has become known annually as the Hamilton County Championship. At the beginning of pre-season workouts, Coach Williams told his players that in addition to making the playoffs, defeating Hamilton was one of his top priorities this fall.