Friday night will be a true test run for the Winder-Barrow High School football team.
The Bulldoggs will host South Forsyth High School in a scrimmage which will be played under actual game conditions. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at W. Clair Harris Stadium.
“It will be just like a Friday night football game,” WBHS coach David Wagner said. “Everything will be live. They are no junior varsity quarters scheduled. We will simply substitute whenever we like.”
The Bulldoggs will use the scrimmage to gauge where they are in terms of preparation for the 2013 regular season opener against Jackson County Aug. 30.
“Obviously we want to get better,” Wagner said. “With us doing some new things on both sides of the football, we definitely want to see where we are. We will look at some players who will be key backups. We want to throw them out there in the fire and see what happens. Putting them under the lights will help us gauge whether they are ready for varsity reps.”
At this point in preseason work, a scrimmage against another school is just what the doctored ordered for WBHS.
“All of us mentally want us to go out and see where we’re at,” Wagner said. “You never know where you are progression wise until you do it. You hit those lulls when you have a stretch of practices with no opposition other than yourself and it gets tough.”
While some coaches play it close to the vest in scrimmages, Wagner said there isn’t a big need to keep anything secret this week.
“There is not anything we are trying to hide,” said Wagner, who is entering his fourth season in charge of the Bulldoggs. “We want to go out and win. It’s one of those circumstances where we want to try to do well whenever we’re on the field. It’s the same for a scrimmage or region game. We have to continue to get better as we are a program that is trying to compete week in and week out. We need confidence as much as we need anything.”