Football season seems to be getting here faster every day.
Friday, things ramp up another notch when Richmond Hill High School plays host to South Effingham in a preseason scrimmage at Wildcat Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., admission is $5 and the game will be played under normal rules, RHHS football coach Lyman Guy said.
"We’ll have the band, cheerleaders and everything," he said. "It’ll be just like a regular game."
The scrimmage is a chance for coaches to see how players fare in game situations. It’s also a chance to work on the "game management" aspect of a high school football Friday night.
That includes everything from sideline management to "all the things that go on around the game itself," Guy said, from radio and video feeds for GHSA TV to running concession stands.
"You hope the scrimmage goes well in all aspects, from taking up the gate to the right guard executing the way he’s supposed to on the offensive line," he said.
The Wildcats are one of a number of teams holding a scrimmage two weeks before the season kicks off for real. It leaves both schools wiggle room if there’s a need to reschedule for some reason – like lightning.
"Our scrimmage against Beach got canceled one time and we had to play it on a Monday with a game that Friday night," Guy said. "That’s just not a good situation."
The Wildcats are looking to improve on last season’s 6-4 campaign.
Notes: Senior quarterback Dominique Allen recently earned Honorable Mention All IMG Madden honors for his performance at the invitation only All-Madden Mini-Camp, held July 27–29 on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla..
"The team was selected from more than 120 players representing 20 states and Canada, Switzerland, Mexico and Japan. Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke and his staff of experienced coaches led the camp, which simulated the intensity and atmosphere of an NFL training camp," a press release said.
Allen has already verbally committed to Air Force.