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Scrimmages give coaches a time to evaluate

Montralius Mosley, right, and Jordan Griffin will see time on both offense and defense for the Jonesboro Cardinals in their scrimmage at Clarke Central. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Montralius Mosley, right, and Jordan Griffin will see time on both offense and defense for the Jonesboro Cardinals in their scrimmage at Clarke Central. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULES

Today

Riverdale at Dutchtown, 7:30 p.m.

Tri-Cities vs. Mundy’s Mill, Twelve Oaks Stadim, 7:30 p.m.

Jonesboro at Clarke Central, 7 p.m.

Morrow at Fayette County, 7 p.m.

North Clayton vs. Mount Zion, Tara Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

Drew vs. Lovejoy, Twelve Oaks Stadium, 6 p.m.

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Riverdale coach Terry Herrod says today’s scrimmage at Dutchtown, where he was previously a defensive coordinator, will be used to gauge his team’s progress. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

For the most part, the scoreboard during scrimmage games will not matter.

But then again, they are keeping score, and coaches and players have that competitive natural about themselves.

“Any time you line up to play, you want to win,” said Riverdale coach Terry Herrod, whose team takes on Dutchtown this evening. “Our main goal at our scrimmage to see what type of progress we have made.”

There is a good chance both teams will be pretty pumped when they meet at Dutchtown. Before taking over as head coach at Riverdale last season, Herrod was previous defensive coordinator at Dutchtown.

Herrod’s defenses helped turn the program into a playoff contender.

And revenge could be another driving factor for Riverdale, which is coming off a 4-6 record, which includes an embarrassing 49-28 loss to the Bulldogs on Sept. 20 at Southern Crescent Stadium.

The teams will not meet in the regular season this year as they are in different classifications.

At Lovejoy, new coach Edgar Carson says he hopes to use Saturday’s scrimmage against Drew to gauge his team’s progress since taking over as coach.

Carson was named coach in December after longtime coach Al Hughes was forced out. In the past four seasons, the Wildcats have made deep runs in the state playoffs while compiling a 47-6 record.

“We are hoping to build chemistry, and see where we are at,” said Carson, who served as the team’s defensive coordinator last season.

Mundy’s Mill scrimmage against Tri-Cities at Twelve Oaks Stadium today will also have a different approach. The coaches have elected to make special teams live.

“Going into our first game last season, we had some problems with our special teams,” Tigers coach Greg Manior said. “We wanted to use this scrimmage to work out any bugs, and see how we look against somebody else’s special teams.”

Regardless of what the scrimmage format, players are anxious to get on the field against someone wearing a different uniform.

“You are just ready to hit someone else at this point,” Mundy’s Mill offensive lineman Darius Anderson said. “We know this will not count against our record, but you still go into the game wanting to win.”

Lovejoy defensive back Montrell Custis agreed.

“You are pretty excited about the scrimmage because you playing a different opponent,” said Custis, who has committed to play at Alabama.

Following this weekend’s scrimmages, teams will have another week of practice before regular season games begin on Aug. 29 for the majority of the county teams.

“We will go back and look at film and evaluate our team,” Manior said. “After that, we start preparing for our first game against Lovejoy.”

Fans shouldn’t expect to see too much game-planning in this weekend’s scrimmage as the coaches will save that for the regular season.

“We will keep it very basic,” Herrod said. “On offense, we want to see if we can run the football. We have emphasis our run game since spring practice.”