The first look at the Brusly High football team in a game-like atmosphere will be Friday when they travel to take on the Dunham Tigers in scrimmage action.
Friday’s scrimmage serves a purpose in many ways for the Panthers, but the preparation isn’t different, according to Brusly head coach Hoff Schooler.
“The best thing is that we get to go against somebody else,” he said. “We still got guys who are competing for spots. It’s a good chance to evaluate positions.”
The game will be a tuneup before the Panthers head to Plaquemine for the jamboree Aug. 24. Schooler said there are some things he wants to see against a live defense and Friday’s scrimmage gives his team an opportunity to do just that.
“There are some things we still need to look at live,” he said. “You can say you want to go vanilla, but there’s still things you want to see.”
Schooler’s squad has completed nearly two weeks of padded practices, but the coach said he wants to see if what has transpired in practice can translate onto the field on Friday nights.
“The number one thing is we want to see if what we’re doing in practice, are we going to be able to translate that into a game setting,” Schooler explained. “You also get to see if the effort and style of play will translate as well.
“We had a good week of pads,” he continued. “We’ve had some guys do what we expected and we’ve had a couple of surprises come along.”
The exhibition matchup also gives a way to evaluate the growth of the returning starters from the 2017 season.
“You get to see if they are going to be better than they were last year,” the coach said. “I think the guys have done well.”
Start time for Friday’s scrimmage is set for 6 p.m.