It’s not exactly the Blue versus the Grey. But the Red versus the Grey isn’t civil either.
No, it’s time for Raider football players to smash pads in an annual scrimmage, where coaches and fans can assess their home team before regular season gridiron battle begins.
Madison County’s Red and Grey scrimmage Thursday (today, Aug. 18) will feature both young and older players, with the middle school and ninth grade squads facing off at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity team hitting the field at 7:30 p.m. It’s the final tuneup before Madison County opens the 2011 season next Friday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Flowery Branch.
Owens said getting all field transitions ironed out will be a major focus Thursday. For instance, he says when substitutions need to be made on the punt team, then players and coaches need to be thinking ahead and prepared to get the right people on the field at the right time.
“We don’t have time for personal invitations and RSVPs,” said Owens.
Of course, Madison County also got to work on such issues this past Friday when Hart County rolled into town for an exhibition game. But the game was called short due to inclement weather.
Nevertheless, Raider head coach Randell Owens got to see how his guys fared against outside foes.
“There were some bright spots and there were some concerns,” he said, adding that there was some typical sloppy pre-season play by both teams.
The brief Hart scrimmage was a defensive affair, with Hart managing a late touchdown, the lone score of the night. But Owens said such a game is to be expected.
“The defense is always ahead this early in the game,” said Owens. “You’ve got one group (the offense) trying to build a bridge. You’ve got the other (the defense) trying to blow up a bridge. It’s easier to blow up the bridge than to build it.”
Owens praised the play of Trey Carruth, Trae Burton and Tyler Colquitt on offense and Hayes Hill and Caleb McCain on defense Friday.
Owens said he and coaches are already reviewing tape on Flowery Branch, preparing the Raiders to face a team that went 10-2 in 2010 and features C.J. Curry, a wide receiver who recently dropped his commitment to Georgia and switched to Oklahoma State.