Local Football Teams in Pre-Season Scrimmages
After hitting one another in practice for several days, the Rector Cougars will get the chance to test their mettle against another team.
The Cougars travel to Corning for a scrimmage game 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Rector head coach David Hendrix said the live action will give his team the chance to hone in on pre-play synchronization on both sides of the ball in a real-game atmosphere.
"This will give us a chance to go out in a full line and make sure we're where we're supposed to be when we're supposed to be," he said.
The scrimmage will also provide extra practice for a team working in the rain as of late.
"Last week, it rained all five days for the junior high and senior high practices," said Hendrix.
The Cougars open the regular season Sept. 2 at Temerian Field against Palestine-Wheatley. Rector then has an off week before playing at Piggott. Road games at Salem and Earle mean the Cougars' second home game will not be played until Oct. 14.
Rector had been scheduled to host Kipp of Blytheville but the charter school failed to field a football team this year.
The Rector Junior High School football team was scheduled for a scrimmage game Tuesday evening and will open its regular season a day before the varsity Cougars - hosting Piggott on Sept. 1.