With a week of coaching and the experience of fall camp under their belts, the young men of Dickson and Plainview took to the field Saturday night for a chance to put their skills on the line in a game situation.
The two programs held intersquad scrimmages, with every member of the team getting an opportunity to show off their competitive desire and athletic ability for the coaches who will decide their roles on Friday nights this fall.
And according to Dickson coach Jeremy Reed, he liked what he saw in the 60-play simulation.
“I thought we stuck out as a group with our overall effort and desire to go compete,” Reed said. “They wanted to get out and hit somebody and that’s what our kids did.”
The Comets are entering their second year under Reed’s tutelage, and the program that has struggled to make an impact in recent years could have a good opportunity to make noise this year. The team returns a bevy of starters from last year’s squad and Reed sees a chance, with good health, for the team to make some noise this season.
“If we stay healthy, it will be a fun year at Dickson,” Reed said.
At Plainview, the situations are almost reversed. Head coach Chris Berus is seeking to replace a strong group of seniors that helped lead the Indians to a 9-4 record in 2011.
“It’s a good opportunity to evaluate,” Berus said. “We know there are going to be a lot of mistakes, but we want to see if the effort is there.”
The personnel replacements for Plainview are extensive, and in running 48 plays for both the members of the junior varsity and varsity squads, Berus took the opportunity to try players at several different positions, especially along the offensive line.
“We’ve got an idea of what we have, but maybe there are some guys who can fit better at different positions,” Berus said. “Especially up front, because sometimes there are guys that have skill sets to play guard, but could be better at center.
“We want to see where they best fit.”