Thursday night’s storm held off just long enough for Walker Valley to get in their last practice before they head up to Maryville to take on Heritage High School in a scrimmage tonight.
Tonight’s scrimmage will give Walker Valley another chance to get to work on ironing out the issues that come along with the territory of being a young team.
“It will be our last full scale scrimmage before the jamboree next week. We need to improve on what we did last week in the three-way we had here, and eliminate a lot of the mistakes we made,” Mustang head coach Glen Ryan commented.
The Mustangs have many hurdles to overcome this season, and have spent a good portion of their practices learning new positions. The main focus as of late has been working to become sharper and more physical on both offense and defense.
“We’ve been focusing on getting more aggressive on both sides of the ball,” Ryan said. “We thought our defense was kind of lackadaisical, our offense was very timid and didn’t come off and take charge up front. We are working on ball security with our backs, our receivers running better routes and our quarterbacks doing a better job of reading coverage.”
Next weekend’s jamboree at UTC will give Walker Valley its last opportunity to get the kinks worked out before the Mustangs start out their season at East Ridge on Aug. 23. Coach Ryan’s herd will take on Howard at 7 p.m. at Findley Stadium on Aug. 17 in the Chattanooga Jamboree.
Coach Ryan feels that the Pioneers, who have many players returning this year, will be a good first test for his team.
“Don’t panic, just sit back and keep the reads simple. We try not to get real complicated since we’re so young, but we want to follow the procedures that we have,” Ryan said. “We hope that we can get out there and be scrappy and have a chance to win some ball games this year.”
A couple of other local teams will be in scrimmage action this evening as Bradley Central heads to Knoxville Webb, while Polk County will host a three-way practice battle against Greenback and Knox Karns.