Yes, Friday Night Lights is back tonight folks, so we should all be excited.
But let’s not get too crazy. Just how much can we learn from watching controlled scrimmages throughout the area this evening?
Let’s be honest – not much.
Don’t fret, Blitz still has some things he wants to get straight tonight at various locales. What will he be keeping an eye on tonight?
1. QUARTERBACK CLARITY AT CHAMBERS FIELD
Two teams with storylines at quarterback meet at North Side between the Legends and Bishop Luers.
Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay is still attempting to decide who he will go with to start Week 1’s game at Carroll. Senior Christian Fly and sophomore Carson Clark continue to battle it out. Tonight’s on-field performance against the Legends will sway Lindsay one way or the other.
Meanwhile, Ronald Collins III is prepped to start his third season as QB of North Side. Might he be on the cusp of a breakout campaign?
2. WHO IS GOING BOTH WAYS?
There has been growing concern at a number of area programs about the limited numbers of big bodies on their rosters – namely offensive linemen.
Some teams commit their best big men to the offensive line, others cater more towards defense. Other squads have no choice but to play guys both ways due to lack of depth in the trenches.
Guys like Will Derrick of Bishop Luers will start predominantly on defense, but may be needed this season on offense in a pinch. Even Bishop Dwenger will rotate in some of its stout O-line beef on defense to keep guys fresh.
Who has the both the size AND the numbers up front?
3. FINALLY, SOME HITTING OF SOMEONE ELSE
Foremost in the minds of coaches tonight will be seeing how some of their younger players react to actual competition. No matter how many reps you get in practice, nothing can simulate facing off across from a guy in another uniform in anger on a Friday night.
Every squad is relying on some new faces with limited or no varsity experience to fill big roles. How do they react to their first taste of varsity action?
4. AVOIDING THE INJURY BUG
Lower-class teams will guard against putting their top players in the line of fire too much tonight for fear of losing them to an injury before the season truly begins.
Blitz has already heard from a few coaches who plan on keeping some varsity standouts who are nursing various smaller ailments out of uniform tonight to avoid bigger problems.
If you don’t see a particular player on the field tonight, do not freak out, it is probably purely precautionary.
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