For the first time since last fall, the Commerce High School football team will get the chance to hit someone in a different color jersey.
The Tigers will head to Carnesville on Friday for a scrimmage game with Franklin County at 7:30 p.m.
“I think that the kids are ready to set a pad on someone other than themselves,” said Commerce head coach Michael Brown. “It is always exciting to line up and compete against someone else, especially after two weeks of being in full pads.”
Brown said the Tigers have several goals heading into the GHSA sanctioned scrimmage game. On offense, the Tigers have several players locked in positional battles. Their performance in the scrimmage will give the coaching staff a better sense of production on the field.
The Tigers will run a simplified game plan and stick to their base run and pass schemes.
“Obviously, we want to line up and execute our offense effectively,” said Brown. “But at the same time, we will be looking for any and all areas where we are not doing so and develop a plan to get better at those areas.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Brown is more confident in who the starters will be come opening day. But even so, defensive coordinator Will Peters will get a shot to not only assess individual players, but also to critique his unit as a whole.
Franklin County will line up in a spread option offense, giving the Tiger defense a look that they will likely see in many variations throughout the regular season.
The Lions run a base 4-3 defense, which will be a change of pace for the Tigers, as most of their opponents run a 3-4.
Regardless of the game plans and schemes of their opponents, the Tigers are enthusiastic about the opportunity to get some in-game experience before being thrown into the fire on opening day – Aug. 30 at Banks County.
“As far as the coaches are concerned, I think that we are interested to see how some of the kids handle themselves and their assignments in a live situation,” said Brown. “More than anything, we see this as an opportunity to assess where we are as a team, and to identify areas that we will need to improve upon before week one of the season.”