Stephenville High School’s annual blue/gold intrasquad football scrimmage on Saturday morning featured aggressive play and even a few big hits.
It was the kind of first day in full pads that coaches love to see.
Head coach Greg Winder said he mentioned earlier in the week to the players that he liked the high energy level from the first day of practice, which was the previous Monday.
“They maintained that,” Winder said. “It’s been like that all week. We have good leaders, and we needed to find a few more. They’re ready to do that.”
And even the underclassmen showed the elevated spirit levels.
“The energy was not just on the varsity,” Winder said. “It was the freshmen and JV. They came out and got after it.”
The other factor from Saturday’s high-impact scrimmage was that everyone went home healthy — although just a little sore.
“You want to come out of it healthy, and I believe we did,” Winder said.
The Yellow Jackets not only worked on running and passing plays, but also their punting, place-kicking and their kickoff and punt return teams.
“A couple of years ago we started implementing special teams in this thing,” Winder said.
This week the teachers are involved in in-service classroom duties, so the football practices will be at 3:30 p.m. each day.
Winder said that, offensively, he would like to see the Jackets eliminate mistakes in practice.
“We need to execute a little better,” he said. “And we’ll add some stuff. Defensively, we need to work on tackling more.”
The Jackets, coming off of a 12-3 season in which they reached the Class 4A Division I state semifinals led by Winder, will have their first intersquad scrimmage on Friday at home, against Glen Rose (6:30 p.m.).
The regular-season opener will be Aug. 31, at Argyle (7 p.m.)