Bossier Parish teams will get a chance to see how far they’ve progressed and how far they have to go with scrimmages set for this week.
There are two scrimmages Thursday. Haughton visits North DeSoto and Plain Dealing is at Ringgold.
Friday, Airline is at Ouachita Parish, Parkway hosts Pineville, Benton hosts North Webster and Bossier visits Red River.
Scrimmages vary in format, but they usually consist of a series of plays involving the first and second teams followed by a regulation quarter. Some teams also work on goalline situations.
Haughton and North DeSoto are traditional scrimmage partners. The Griffins, who went 8-4 last season, have one of the area’s top running backs in Aubrey Scott.
Airline and Ouachita also scrimmaged in the spring. The Vikings are coming off a 9-4 season. Ouachita Parish went 7-5 in 2017.
Pineville’s head coach is Dennis Dunn, a former head coach at Evangel Christian and Woodlawn.
Dunn took the Pineville job last season after a long stint as head coach at Louisiana College.
The Rebels went 2-8 in his first year.
Parkway is coming off a 5-6 season. The Panthers lost two of the nation’s top players in quarterback Justin Rogers and receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. to leg injuries in the first two weeks of the season.
Coach Neil May said the Panthers have put that behind them.
“We closed the book on the devastating season of injuries that we had last season in December,” he said.
Benton had to replace several key players off last year’s 10-0 season and coach Reynolds Moore will get a chance to evaluate the newcomers. North Webster is coming off a 3-7 season.
Plain Dealing was 3-8 last season. Ringgold finished 1-9.
Haughton at North DeSoto, 6
Plain Dealing at Ringgold, 6
Airline at Ouachita Parish, 5:30
Pineville at Parkway, 5
North Webster at Benton, 6
Bossier at Red River, 6
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com