EAST BEND —Forty fans watched and about as many football players participated in last Thursday’s seven-on-seven scrimmage between Wilkes Central and host Forbush.
On a warm and humid evening, the teams went through plays designed to focus on skill-position play and not the scoreboard.
“We want to see kids compete,” Forbush Coach Chris Johnson said. “We want to see them get after it. You find out who’s competing.
“They could be doing a lot of different things. They could be at the beach. They could be working a job. But they’re here.”
Johnson said he finds the scrimmages a lot more productive than the team playing against itself; the starters playing against the backups.
And Johnson appeared to have a sense of humor as he addressed issues that came up. “I try,” he said. “We can’t take ourselves too seriously right now. There is going to be stuff much more serious down the road.”
The scrimmage was the fourth of six scheduled seven-on-seven workouts. The fifth workout comes today at home with Reynolds at 6.
The Falcons will take a state-mandated break the week of July 21. Following the sixth workout at Mount Airy July 31, the team will return to East Bend and prepare for Midnight Madness which will begin that night as the clock strikes 12.
They’ll open their regular season at home August 22 with Elkin.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or Twitter @elkinareasports.