They’ll get a taste of what’s to come.
The Callaway Cavaliers will be on the field this afternoon for a scrimmage, and they’ll be dealing with game-like situations.
To add to the realism of the scrimmage, the coaches will bring in referees to officiate the game.
“They actually referee a little bit of the scrimmage just to make sure our kids are aware of the things they’re looking to emphasize,” Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said. “They do that free of charge. That’s good for them, and good for us.”
Hubbard said the Cavaliers have been doing this for the past few years the week before the preseason game.
Callaway will face Greenville in its preseason game on Aug. 15 in Hogansville.
“We’ve been doing that for the last three or four years, and we feel like it really helps our kids,” Hubbard said. “When you get officials out there, it kind of seems a little more real. That’s kind of our plan going into the weekend.”
Today’s scrimmage will wrap up Callaway’s second full week of practice, and this was the first week of full-contact practices.
The practices this week were also longer than they were the previous week, and offensive coordinator Matt Napier said the veterans on the team did a great job of leading the way.
“The temperature jumped up a few degrees (Wednesday), and it kind of hit some of them in the face as far as having all that equipment on, and you still have the grind of a 2-½ hour, three-hour practice,” Napier said. “You lean on those guys from their veteran experience, and count on their leadership to get us through that. And I think they did a good job.”
After today’s scrimmage, the players will get a few days off, and they’ll return to practice on Monday afternoon.
“We’ll give them Saturday and Sunday off, and come back next week and approach it like a game week,” Hubbard said.
Napier said the coaches have pushed the players extremely hard since practice began on July 25.
“You have to take advantage of (every practice) you get, and we feel like we’ve done that over the last few days,” Napier said. “And we’ll give them a couple of days off this weekend to recoup, and get back in game week mode next week with the scrimmage.”
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