HICO-Two long pass plays were the only blemish on a great defensive effort by Hico here Saturday, as the Tigers hosted class 3A Glen Rose in scrimmage play to prepare for the start of the 2007 football campaign.

"They played really well," Hico Head Coach Wade Williams said of his defense. "They were aggressive to the football, with guys flying all around."

The scrimmage began with each team running 15 plays with starters on both sides of the ball. Neither team scored on the first possession. The second time the starters took the field, Hico found its way across the goal line for their only score of the day.

The Hico defense refused to surrender a sustained drive, but mental errors in the secondary allowed Glen Rose to strike twice through the air during the first-team’s third session.

Offensively, sophomore QB Westin Williams, who started as a freshman in 2006, got off to a slow start, but was quick to rebound. He completed all five pass attempts the second time he took the field, leading the Tigers to their only score.

One of Coach Williams’ primary concerns entering the pre-season was the inexperience of the Tigers’ offensive line.

"We’re trying to get (the offensive line) to come along," he said. "Their youth showed early (in the scrimmage), but they played better as we went on."

Williams believes Glen Rose was a good test for his squad early on.

"They have a good quarterback, and a really good scheme," he said.

Hico is shooting for a return trip to the playoffs, after making it to the bi-district round last fall.

"We’re way ahead of where we were last year," Williams said. "Our skill positions, our timing in our passing routes and our running plays are all getting better. There’s some things we’re confident in doing, but, like everybody else, we still have a lot of work to do."

The Tigers hit the road next week for a three-team scrimmage in Clifton that will also include Salado. The event is tentatively set for Thursday.