It's just a scrimmage, but for Lingleville, Friday's 6 p.m. three-way bout with Panther Creek and Cherokee at Sidney is more of a precursor of what is to come.
Entering their third season back on the gridiron, the Cardinals are no longer playing an outlaw schedule. That means no late-season contests against Texas Christian Athletic League schools such as Mineral Wells Community Christian and Granbury Cornerstone Christian.
Teams like Panther Creek and Cherokee are more along the lines of who Lingleville must compete with in order to survive in Six-Man Division I District 10 against Gordon, Gustine and Evant.
"It will be a lot different going full speed against (Panther Creek and Cherokee)," said Lingleville head coach Justin Del Bosque, a Dublin native who has led the Cardinals since their return to the gridiron in 2010. "But we did well and held our own against Cherokee last year."
The Cardinals went 6-4 last year, sending out their seniors with a 10-9 career mark after two full seasons.
They are led by Robert VanKranenburg - a two sport (basketball) All-Big Country honoree by the Abilene Reporter-News - and Addison Hunter. At quarterback, safety and kick returner, VanKranenburg accounted for an astounding 11 touchdowns in an 86-39 victory over Mineral Wells Community Christian last fall.
"Our younger kids can't tackle (VanKranenburg and Hunter) in practice. They're big and fast," Del Bosque said. "We'll see how they look (Friday)."
The Cardinals' second scrimmage next week is a tough four-way bout at Kopperl that also includes Milford and Jonesboro. They open at home against Rising Star at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
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