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081122 Bulldogs practiceThe Crockett Bulldogs had their first day of practice in full pads on Monday and will see their first action against opposing athletes during a scrimmage at Elysian Fields on Friday. Photo by Larry Lamb

Crockett at Elysian Fields

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Head coach Alton Dixon takes the Crockett Bulldogs to Elysian Fields on Friday for their first taste of competition against an opposing team.

The junior varsities will start it off at 5 p.m. in Jacket Stadium and varsity scrimmage is expected to begin around 6 p.m.

Following a controlled format, the varsity scrimmage consists of each offense running 12 plays starting at the 30 yard line. The varsity-2 offenses will then run a set of 10 plays each.

After a short break, the scrimmage will resume with emphasis on red zone offense for a total of 10 plays by each varsity-1 from the 25 yard line and eight plays by each varsity-2.

The final segment will be devoted to goal line offense. The varsity-1 offense will run eight plays and the varsity-2's will get six plays each,
"This is truly a controlled scrimmage format," said Dixon. "Elysian Fields is in the same situation as we are number-wise, so we'll probably just go about an hour-and-a-half."

Dixon estimates the varsities will get in roughly 80 plays during the scrimmage. "To have that many plays this time of the year is a good conditioning test. It'll give us a chance to see where we stand going into our second scrimmage," he said.

"For the most part, things we're going to be looking for are grasp by our offense and defense and those guys that are on that bubble between being on the varsity or sub-varsity. We're going to give some of those kids an opportunity to play in both scrimmages just so we can see them perform versus a higher level of competition," said Dixon. "Everybody gets excited around this time because it's the first time you get to attack another color of uniform.

"Our biggest priority is coming out of this scrimmage healthy, feeling good about what we do and orchestrating our coaching staff and our process of transporting 100 men. That's vital practice as well, so the whole thing is a basic run-through," added Dixon.
The 120-mile trip to Elysian Fields, located near Marshall, will prepare the Bulldogs for a 130-mile bus ride to Buna on Sept. 9.

Crockett wraps up the pre-season schedule at home against Malakoff on Thursday, Aug. 18 and kicks off its 2022 campaign at home with Marlin on Aug. 26.


Head coach Will Kirchhoff and his squad will make the short trip to Trinity on Thursday for their first preseason outing.
The junior varsities will start things off at 6 p.m. with an hour-long scrimmage.

The varsities will get rolling around 7:15. Kirchhoff said the scrimmage format will consist of 15 plays on offense and 15 plays on defense with the 1-huddles and 12 plays with the 2-huddles on offense and defense.

A live quarter will close out the scrimmage. "We'll go a little less on the controlled portion and put them in that live setting right out of the gate for one quarter and let them get their feet wet," said Kirchhoff, adding that special teams are not included.


Grapeland High School will hold "Meet the Sandies" in conjunction with the scrimmage Friday night in Sandie Stadium.

The varsity football players and cheerleaders will be introduced at 5 p.m. while the junior varsity scrimmage is in progress.

The varsity scrimmage will start around 6-6:30 p.m.

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