Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

August 16, 2013

Rams host Decatur today in scrimmage


Mineral Wells Index

— By TONY EIERDAM

For the Mineral Wells Rams, it is finally time to get to hit someone else.

After two weeks of early-morning practices and an intrasquad scrimmage, the Rams will take on the Decatur Eagles today in a scrimmage at Ram Stadium.

The freshman scrimmage will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the junior varsity scrimmage at 7 p.m. and the varsity scrimmage at 8 p.m.

The format for the freshman/JV scrimmage will be for the teams to scrimmage for an hour, alternating possessions after every 10 plays.

The varsity format will be different. The first team offenses and defenses will scrimmage for 20 plays each followed by the second units which will run 15 plays each.

A 12-minute timed quarter will end the practice game.

The scrimmage will be called by officials who also hope to use the the practice game as a warm-up.

The timed portion of the varsity scrimmage is designed to be like a game with coaches on the sidelines and referees calling penalties.

“Our main goal for the scrimmage is of course to improve individually and as a team, but another goal is to not get anybody hurt,” Rams head coach Chuck Lawrence said. “This is just a glorified practice, but it also a chance for our fans to catch a glimpse of the team.”

Rams’ fans will get to see a polished Caleb Acosta at quarterback as the junior enters his second year as starting varsity signal caller.

But the curious fans will also keep an eye on junior running back Josh Hardee, who was moved to running back despite leading the team in tackles last year as a sophomore inside linebacker.

“We need Josh to tote the mail,” Lawrence said. “We feel we have more depth at linebacker compared to running back, so we decided to make the move.

“Josh will help take pressure of Caleb and the passing game. We are excited to have Josh on offense.”

Lawrence said Hardee will see some action on defense in certain situations. But at least in non-district play expect Hardee to play full time on offense and in spot duty on defense.

Lawrence said positions will not be won or lost with today’s scrimmage.

“This scrimmage is just one day of the process to find starters before our first regular season game in two weeks,” he said. “Now in saying that, the scrimmage is still important for our position battles.

“But again, it is just one step in our evaluation process.”