Jackets set for Thursday’s Glen Rose scrimmage

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Defensive players try to track down a ball carrier during Stephenville High School's annual Blue/Gold Scrimmage Saturday.

After seeing his players go through two weeks of preseason workouts, Stephenville High School head football coach Sterling Doty likes most of what he has seen as they prepare for Thursday’s preseason scrimmage versus Glen Rose.

Following Saturday morning’s annual intersquad Blue/Gold scrimmage at the high school practice field, Doty talked with the E-T about the cohesiveness and bonding in evidence so far with the 2020 squad.

“We saw it on display today,” Doty said. “I thought, defensively, we flew around. We played at a high level, and that’s exciting to see how fast and physical we were playing. Offensively, we did a good job of blocking up front and being physical there and making plays at our skill positions.”

The circumstances of COVID-19 forced the postponement of one of Stephenville’s scrimmages, against Class 5A Granbury. The lone scrimmage against an outside foe this year will be Thursday, Aug. 20, at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium, taking on Class 4A Division II Glen Rose at 7 p.m.

The SHS and GRHS first- and second-team units will each face off alternating through six 10-minute segments in a controlled scrimmage format to start off the evening. Then the Jackets and the Tigers will compete in two live 12-minute quarters, which will include “mock” special teams work.

This is Doty’s second year as the SHS head coach, having led the Jackets to a 6-5 record in 2019 and the second round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs.

The 20 returning varsity players are ahead of where they were this time last year — when he and several new coaches he brought in were implementing his offensive and defensive philosophy and terminology.

“We’re definitely … so much further along scheme-wise and just understanding and knowledge with our … techniques … we’re just further along because we’ve had more time doing it. That stuff just takes time, so in order to master anything, you have to really put the work in it.”

Also among his thoughts coming out of the scrimmage, Doty said he wants to see more focus on taking care of the ball on offense, and improving on their ability to communicate with each other.

“I thought the guys did a really good job of playing within their schemes, and being physical,” Doty said. “We’ve always got to work on ball security. Defensively, we’ve got to work on our communication.”

The first regular-season game for the Yellow Jackets will be against the Class 4A Division II Sweetwater Mustangs. That contest is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater.

Running back Kason Philips (15) tries to get past a couple of defenders Saturday during Stephenville High School's annual Blue/Gold Scrimmage.