The games now count after Waxahachie played its second of two scrimmages Friday night against Rowlett at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium.
Much like last week, the score of the controlled portion, single overtime possession or full quarter do not necessarily matter. At least, not near as much as the $263 raised at the gate for the Texas High School Coaches Education Foundation’s benevolence fund, Our Day to Shine.
After the scrimmage, head football coach Todd Alexander said he was pleased with the overall play and effort by the young defensive unit. He also noted there were several times when multiple sophomores took snaps with the first unit.
As for the offense, Alexander said there were more than a few bright spots on an afternoon when the Indians rotated DJ Hollywood and Jordan Fay at quarterback and ran a watered-down version of Zac Harrell's offense.
By now the secret is out: Demani Richardson has transitioned from safety to linebacker for the Indians.
Richardson, who is verbally committed to Texas A&M University, is listed as a four-star safety recruit by 247Sports and ESPN. He is also No. 140 on the ESPN 300 for the 2019 graduating class.
It took exactly one play for Richardson to show the several hundred fans in attendance what could be in store for the upcoming season, too.
The senior was lined up on the right side of the Indain defense when he read the opening Rowlett snap — a dive to the right — and quickly worked across the offensive line to stop the ball carrier for no gain. He later blitzed from the left side and met the quarterback and ball carrier at the mesh point, causing a Rowlett fumble (that he recovered).
Fellow Indian linebacker, Jordan Chavez, also made his presence known early during the scrimmage, intercepting a Rowlett pass across the middle.
The Eagles did manage to score first during the controlled portion when the Rowlett quarterback found a wide-open receiver along the Indian sideline for a 40-yard score. The touchdown came on the Eagles second possession.
Waxahachie answered on its third possession. Quarterback Jordan Fay opened the drive with a 25-yard scamper on a zone read to his left. He then completed a beautiful 30-yard, over-the-shoulder strike to Keyshawn Anderson in the front corner of the end zone.
Each team simulated one overtime possession after three rounds of the controlled scrimmage.
Waxahachie took the football first, and quarterback DJ Hollywood capped the drive when he scrambled to his right and found a wide-open Campbell Sullivan in the back corner of the end zone.
The Indian defense then bowed its neck for a three-down goal-line stand to force the Eagles into a 31-yard field goal attempt. The kick was wide left.
The Indians and Eagles ended the scrimmage with one-timed quarter of play.
Waxahachie scored the lone touchdown when Hollywood connected with Jabo Sargent on a dig route across the middle for a 59-yard pitch-and-catch touchdown.
The score was aided by a 15-yard personal foul against the Eagles with the Indians facing 3rd-and-1.
Rowlett was held scoreless by the Indian defense.
The next time the Waxahachie Indians step back onto a football field on a Friday, it'll be to begin the Tribe's 114th season. It will also be against the Ennis Lions in the 97th rendition of the Battle of 287.
Waxahachie opens its season at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against Ennis. Tickets can be purchased at Waxahachie High School or the Waxahachie Daily Light office.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith