The 2013 Midlothian Panther football team got its first taste of game action Saturday morning with about a two-hour long scrimmage.
This was the team’s first chance to show off what its been practicing the last two weeks of fall practice.
Midlothian head football coach Lee Wiginton thought the team played well in its first bit of game action.
“The scrimmage went well. The big thing is that we wanted to get out of it injury free and we did that,” Wiginton said. “The kids got a chance to go fly around and just have some fun with it.”
The Panthers didn’t have much time to practice in pads before the scrimmage, so getting out injury free is a big part of these first looks. But after going easy on each other for a few days, the players did enjoy getting to play 100 percent full speed.
There will be plenty of new faces on the team this year after several key players from the 2012 season graduated. Players like defensive back Victor Williams, linebacker Mason Walker, offensive lineman Brandon North, quarterback Jimmy Fouse and wide receiver Brendon Cornell will be asked to step up.
The coach thought all of those players played well and even some of the younger players.
“I don’t know anybody that really caught my eye right off the bat, but there were a lot of guys that had good scrimmages,”Wiginton said. “The biggest thing we could tell was that they are getting used to really playing together.”
While the seniors are gelling, lots of new varsity players like sophomores Connor Malone, Zach Humphreys and Keion Sutton are getting adjusted to new roles on the varisty team.
“Some of the guys are getting used to new positions and they are transitioning well,” Wiginton said. “Of course a lot of them weren’t on varsity at all last year, so getting them used to that level of competition will be key.”
The coach and his team will have a few more days of drills and review before getting another taste of game action at 9 a.m. Friday at Coppell. The two teams met last season in Midlothian before both teams reached the postseason.
The Cowboys went 11-1 last season and are poised to have another strong season thanks to senior defensive end Solomon Thomas, who is ranked the No. 24 best high school player in the country, according to Rivals.com. He has offers form almost 30 NCAA Division 1 teams.