The learning process continues next week for the Stephenville High School football squad, preparing for its second scrimmage — with an eye on the regular-season opener.
Head coach Greg Winder’s Yellow Jackets had their first inter-squad scrimmage on Friday in Glen Rose. It was a three-way event featuring the Jackets mixing it up with Gatesville, as well as alternating against host school Glen Rose.
This Friday the Jackets will be at home taking on Granbury in the second and final scrimmage. The freshmen and junior varsity players will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at about 6:30 p.m.
The first practices of the season were early-morning outings, but that changed on Wednesday when school started — early this year, on Wednesday, Aug. 16. That shifted the Jackets’ practice time to the afternoon, after school.
Winder said the coaches will be adding some additional plays for the Jackets to learn in the coming week, which is almost always the pattern entering a new season.
“We’ll be installing more offense and defense, and some other stuff to get ready for the Granbury scrimmage,” Winder said Thursday night. “Offensively we’ll add a couple more running plays. We need time to tune up and execute those plays. The defense will be installing some blitzes.”
Despite the heat and humidity, Winder said the players are maintaining their positive attitude, eager to start the games that count.
“Their attitude has been great,” Winder said, noting that the players are starting to get in the annual routine. “It’s been good.”
The first game of the regular season, against Cleburne, is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday, Sept. 8, at Memorial Stadium in Stephenville. The first District 3-4A, Division I contest will be Oct. 20 at Brownwood.