The Waxahachie Indians take the field Friday night for their final dress rehearsal of the preseason against Rowlett.
The sub-varsity teams begin at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m. on the newly installed turf at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium.
According to head football coach Todd Alexander, the varsity scrimmage will consist of a controlled portion, one overtime possession for each team and then one live quarter.
Admission to the scrimmage will be $1 with all proceeds benefiting the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation's benevolence fund, Our Day to Shine.
According to a WISD press release, the fund was established by the Texas High School Coaches Association Board of Directors to "assist athletes and coaches with special needs or hardships."
"To date, over 900 schools have participated in Our Day to Shine and have raised over $383,000.00," the release notes. "The THSCA has paid over $382,000.00 to athletes and coaches with special needs."
LAST TIME OUT
The Waxahachie Indians began the football season last Friday evening with a controlled scrimmage on the road against Frisco Heritage.
Neither the score or official statistics were officially kept. And, frankly, the two did not matter. Friday was all about identifying areas to address before this week's final dress rehearsal.
"We saw a lot of bright spots and saw a lot of different guys in a lot of different positions," explained first-year head coach Todd Alexander to the Waxahachie Indian Quarterback Club on Facebook after the scrimmage. "You have to go back on Saturday, or Friday night, and look at that film and that is going to tell us a lot. We pretty much know what we have to work on. I think, offensively, I was impressed with our offensive line. They got after it all night. That is not a worry of ours whatsoever. Those guys love playing football and they love to get after it."
Before the first practice and during an interview with the Daily Light, Alexander identified the offensive and defensive lines as strengths for the Indians.
Zac Bryant, formerly of Southlake Carroll, leads the offensive unit, while Waxahachie graduates and returning coaches, Rocky Robinson and Gary Mason Jr., head the defensive line.
“The success of our football team is going to revolve around the offensive and defensive lines, and we have got to win those battles up front and we know that going in," Alexander said. "We have a lot of returning starters both on the offensive and defensive line, and that is something that I feel good about in those spots.”
During the interview with the quarterback club, Alexander noted that the timing of the offense was "off a little bit" but was expected, as the Indians have yet to name a starting quarterback for week one against the Ennis Lions. DJ Hollywood, Campbell Sullivan and Jordan Fay have all taken snaps under center with the first team and all bring a different element to the position.
"We are going to have a good week of work this week and work on those types of things and keep progressing offensively," Alexander said in the interview. "[...] The defense kind of went out there with cobwebs in their head and got them shook out in the live scrimmage and pretty much stopped those guys with the exception of the big play. That's going to be the focal point for our defense — not giving up the big play, obviously. "
Alexander added the sub-varsity teams excited the coaching staff by showing "a lot of energy."
"Those guys love playing football and you can tell it," he said. "They had a good time tonight and that is the most important thing for those guys is to get playing time, have fun and get after it. That is definitely what they did."