Eclectic, St. James tangle in Burt-Haynie jamboreePublished 12:30pm Friday, August 23, 2013
After three weeks of banging heads with teammates, the Elmore County High Panthers will have the opportunity tear into a different team Friday night in front of the hometown crowd as St. James descends upon Burt-Haynie for the final battle of the 2013 offseason.
“We told them Friday night that we expect them to play wide open (against St. James),” said Norman Dean, coach of the Panthers. “It’s a controlled scrimmage. But we want to see them play hard, give good effort and execute.”
Kickoff is set for Friday night at 6:30.
“I want to see them go out and line up in the right spots and play with maximum effort,” said Dean. “Defensively, this is their first opportunity to tackle somebody to the ground.”
Friday’s scrimmage will also be the first test of Dean’s newly constructed offensive and defensive fronts and his newly christened linebacking corp.
“None of these guys (OL) have ever played together,” said Dean. “Three of them are getting their first chance to start. We need to see improvement there. And this is really, the best way to see where they are.”
Dean said his skill guys have played for at least two years at those positions.
Friday’s scrimmage will be scripted with teams swapping the ball at 10, eight and four play intervals with the ball moving progressively closer to the goal line.
“I don’t want us scoreboard watching, I may not even turn it on,” said Dean. “I want us to play each play to the best of our ability.”
Dean, who has been preaching to his Panthers the tenants of being a leader sent the message home earlier in the week by saying he doesn’t want this to be the start of a wish list.
“I’ve coached guys that are in their 30s now and when we talk about football, they never say they wish anything. But they were on teams that were successful,” said Dean.