Jacksonville Daily Progress
With most of the area's school teachers already back to work, parents in full-on school supply purchasing mode and kids squeezing in the last little bit or rest and relaxation, the final days of summer are rapidly ticking down, indeed.
And so are the amount of days that high school football teams have to prepare for their respective season openers which are scheduled to take place during the last weekend of the month.
With the exception of Rusk, all of the Cherokee County and Southern Smith County teams have had Media Day, and aside from Jacksonville, which held spring practice, all of the local teams have also taken part in their first scrimmage game, so, ready or not, the start of the regular season is right around the corner.
Tribe football fans will get their only preseason look at their team on Thursday evening when Jacksonville and Bullard scrimmage at Panther Stadium.
Games featuring the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams from both schools will get under way in the early evening (exact times are to be announced).
Bullard previously hosted Brownsboro in a dress rehearsal late last week.
Both Jacksonville and Bullard suffered massive losses due to graduation, making this scrimmage even more critical for both outfits as coaches make their final personnel decisions.
The big news at Rusk is the team's new 4-2-5 “Black Wall” defense, which performed well on Friday when the Eagles blanked Diboll 1-0 in a friendly.
Rusk should be better tested Thursday when Tatum comes calling in what will be the final practice game for both squads..
The Troup Tigers, coming off of a 9-2 season in 2012, will host San Augustine at 5 p.m. Thursday in the last tune up before the Tigers' opener the following week.
Brook Hill, under the direction of new head coach Bobby Brasher, scrimmaged Malakoff last week and are not scheduled to take the field again until the Guard lift the curtain on the regular season (Thur. , Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.).
Frankston will provide the opposition for Brook Hill in that game, which will be the opener in the Brook Hill Football Classic at Herrington Stadium.
Alto, ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Class 1-A Preseason Football Poll, also has a new leader this season.
Jacksonville High graduate Paul Gould was promoted to head coach in the off season, replacing Keith Gardner, who retired.
The Mean Sting will take part in a jamboree in Corrigan Thursday night.
Corrigan-Camden and Palestine Westwood will be Alto's opposing foes.