After months of offseason work, the Winder-Barrow High School football team will have the chance to take part in game-like conditions when the Bulldoggs venture to South Forsyth High School Friday.
While the contest is technically a preseason scrimmage, first-year WBHS coach Heath Webb was still busy making preparations Sunday, just as if the event was a game that counted.
“The plan is to play the first three quarters live, just like a real game,” Webb said. “In the fourth quarter, it will be used for a JV contest where we can get our younger players some work.”
There will be no live play on special teams (kickoffs, punts, etc.)
“Our plan is to line up against someone in different colored jerseys and try to win,” Webb said. “We will still be limited in what we do. We will be very basic, but we will try to outscore them.”
The scrimmage will present a tough challenge for the Bulldoggs. South Forsyth won seven games last season and have several returning players, Webb said.
“They figure to be a pretty good team in their region,” Webb said. “They compete in the state’s highest classification so it will be a step up for us. We want to see how we compete against good competition. We know it’s important for us to have a good showing from a confidence standpoint and to validate all the hard work we’ve put in this summer.”
The scrimmage will begin at 7:30 p.m. South Forsyth has one of the top facilities for any high school program in the state playing on field turf.
“This will be a good trial run for us,” Webb said. “A big part of this week will be for us to show our players how our normal game week routine is supposed to operate. Our scout teams will be running a different offense and defense. The key is we want to be a better football team for having playing this game and to get out of it with no injuries. We are going in expecting to do well.”