Dickson’s Mitchell Crittenden and Tishomingo’s Mark Patterson are aware their teams are just nine days away from the start of the regular football season.


Dickson’s Mitchell Crittenden and Tishomingo’s Mark Patterson are aware their teams are just nine days away from the start of the regular football season.


In fact, Patterson said his Indians are anxious get it started. But they have one more scrimmage before that happens.


“At this point, you try to balance out looking good in the scrimmage with preparing for the first game,” he said. “The first game is definitely most important, but we don’t want to come out and look bad for Ringling.”


A good scrimmage is just what Dickson needs, Crittenden said.


“We got stuff we need to work on,” he said. “Anything to get more snaps is good for you.”


The Indians and Blue Devils wrap up their preseason with the nightcap of Thursday’s Super Scrimmage at Ardmore’s Noble Stadium. For many teams, the eighth annual event marks the first time they get to put on their actual game uniforms.


Ridley said the Longhorns know they’re not ready for the season, so they’re “eagerly” looking forward to the event.


“It’s a game-like situation,” said Tracy Gandy, whose Ringling team hosted Lone Grove last Friday in a scrimmage. “Coaches not standing over (players’) shoulders barking at them, they’re getting to play like it’s an actual game, … the kids should like that.”


As Lone Grove coach Kenny Ridley said: “We’re using it as a glorified scrimmage.”


The intensity in preparation for the season has turned up for Ringling. On Monday, Gandy filled up his open Sept. 5 date with a home game against Norman’s Community Christian School.


“Before we filled that date, we were looking at this Super Scrimmage (in practice),” Gandy said. “If need be, we could have two weeks to revamp. Now what we need to do is correct everything we did wrong last week. We need to do it now.”


Some coaches like the fact that it’s a big high school stadium they’re visiting before the regular season.


“The kids are excited about going into Noble Stadium,” Ridley said. “When I was a basketball coach, we would schedule games in a big arena so if we did make the state tournament, we wouldn’t be taken by surprise when we got there.”


The atmosphere Thursday night is expected to add to the game-like experience.


“Not all the people are rooting for Ringling, but a lot them are up there,” Gandy said. “The emotions of a ballgame are a big part of a football game.”


The jamboree leads off with Sulphur taking on former District 3A-2 partner Dickson at 5:30 p.m.


“I’ve known coach (Jim) Dixon for 25 years,” first-year Comets coach Crittenden said. “I was a young coach when I started. It’ll be good to coach up against him. It’s a privilege for me.”