Friday, May 17, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-05-17 12:50:06)
Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY—When the two intracounty schools meet on Friday night for the third annual “Ruler of the Roost” spring scrimmage, the Cosby High School Eagles are hoping to gain some valuable game experience Friday.

That experience will be so important for a team that will be young at several key positions.

Despite having some of their players at practice since they got rolling last week, the Eagles have only had members of the soccer and baseball teams for a day or two.

They hope to adjust rather quickly, despite having that limited work.

“Of course we’re not as prepared as we’d like to be,” Cosby head coach Kevin Hall said. “We knew going in that we were going to have a very short time to get the baseball and soccer guys ready and prepared for a contest like this.”

“I know it’s just a scrimmage, but a lot of people look at it as more of a game. We still internally are just trying to look at it as just a scrimmage and an opportunity to get better.”

But while the opportunity to get better is key for the coaches and players, this isn’t just another scrimmage to the fan base of both schools.

“This has been one of the better things that’s happened to this county in football I think,” Hall said.

“It’s something that can get both schools and communities excited about spring football. It puts a little more emphasis on spring football. It makes it a little more important.”

“In the past before we had this scrimmage, you came out and when through your two weeks of spring practice and then you went into summer (workouts). There wasn’t a whole lot of excitement outside the teams at all. Because of this, I feel like it makes spring football mean something to the kids and the community.”

Come Friday evening, the fanfare will be put aside for the Cosby football team. The focus will be on the scrimmage and learning what they need to do to improve throughout the next few months.

“It’s great for our young kids that maybe didn’t get to play as much last season but are going to have to step up this season,” Hall said. “It’s a great learning experience to kind of get them broke in to football. It’ll get them broke in to playing with the big boys.”

“It’s a great opportunity for them to get in those game type situations against solid competition.”

Overall though, Hall hopes his team establishes an identity. Whether it’s in this spring scrimmage or in the next week, Hall says that’s the main goal.

“We need to establish an identity this spring,” Hall said. “We’re going to look a little different this year, quite a bit different on both sides of the ball. I’ve been telling the team that we have to establish our identity this spring.”

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