Football team to take field tonight in Red vs. Blue game

Tonight, the football team will conclude its four-week-long spring practices with the annual “Red vs. Blue Game.” The scrimmage is at 6:30 p.m. in the stadium and will be preceded by the sub-varsity scrimmage at 5 p.m.

For the team, it will be the final padded practice before August two-a-days, as well as serving as a reward of sorts for the players who get to showcase their skills in front of the community.

“It’s important for our team because it gives us [a time] to adjust to the speed of the game,” linebacker sophomore Hudson Hall said. “You get a chance to compete against each other and come together as a team.”

Coaches will be paying close attention to the game and studying the film all summer, trying to see how their players have absorbed the information that’s been taught during spring practice and gauging how well their players react in a high stress, game-like situation.

“We get to evaluate the players, the systems and our performance as coaches,” coach Alex Owen said. “It gets put on film that we can learn from and study.”

Fans will also get a glimpse of the talent level following last year’s State Semi-Final appearance and get to know some of the new faces that will be featured next season, as many players who spent last season on various sub-varsity teams that will be playing in the varsity scrimmage.

“The fans will get a preview of what’s to come,” Owen said. “It’s a great thing to build momentum for the program and get everyone excited for the fall.”

Admission is free, and booths selling concessions and merchandise will be open. Special t-shirts specifically designed for the game will be on sale in the Chap Court all week.