Bobcats ready to play under lights

Monday, August 28, 2017
Berryville's Devon Smith attempts to make a catch at the Harrison team camp earlier this summer.
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Friday's scrimmage at Harrison will be the first time that the Bobcats have faced competition this fall. The regular season is only a week away and coach Doug Shott is confident the Bobcats will show up ready to play.

"It's not the end of the world if we don't, but we want to come out strong," Shott said. "We want to be physical and set the tone for the rest of the year. We want to execute, so obviously we want to have a good showing. But it's not the end of the world. This doesn't show up in the record book. For our mentality, it would be good for us."

If nothing else, Shott hopes to see consistency Friday night.

"It doesn't matter if you are in practice or playing in a game," Shott said. "The only two things you control in life are your attitude and your effort. That's what we have been preaching, no matter if it's practice, a scrimmage or a game."

Berryville will keep things pretty simple Friday night and Shott expects the Goblins to do the same. With that being said, Shott hopes the Bobcats are able to learn a few things from the Harrison offense that will help them once conference play starts.

"Harrison is going to line up and throw the ball," Shott said. "The quarterback is outstanding. He might be as good of a passer as I have seen in a long time. He is a good runner. They like to line up, run a little power scheme. Pull the backside guard and tackle. They are a Spread team, but they like to run the ball, too. They are very similar to a couple of teams in our conference so that should be very good for us."

Shott said the practices heading into the Harrison scrimmage have been good.

"We have been working with them on how to get mentally ready during the week," Shott said. "Not getting too high on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Just kind of talking to them each day about what our mindset needs to be leading into Friday."

The junior high scrimmaged against Harrison on Thursday. Shott was looking forward to seeing what kind of progress they had made throughout fall camp.

"They didn't have the benefit of spring practice so this lets them put a culminating finish to learning some schemes that we have introduced to them," Shott said.

The action starts at 6:30 p.m.

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