As the triple-digit temperatures reminded everyone that the August heat is still upon us, one of the staples of the fall was alive and well in Jones on Saturday afternoon. The middle school and high school teams previewed their upcoming season during the Green and White scrimmage at Tim Wallace Memorial Stadium.
Kids enjoyed refreshing snow cones, face painting, and burning off the last bit of summer energy on two inflatables donated by the Oklahoma National Guard on the south end of the football field.
However, the main attraction for the fans was on the gridiron. The Jones middle school team took the field at 5:30 pm, followed by the High School team at 7:30 pm. A good crowd of family, friends and fans gathered on the shaded west bleachers of the stadium.
Head Football Coach Dave Martin stressed the importance of the game-like atmosphere of the scrimmage.
“We’re trying to go out here and put some kids in different situations and work on our depth” Martin said. “Each day we want to go out there and be better.”
While there were big plays on both sides of the ball, one of the biggest crowd-pleasers was a 35-yard field goal. Kicker Zac Knox sailed the ball through the uprights with a few yards to spare as the entire team gathered around him.
“He’s going to be a weapon for us.” Coach Martin declared with a smile on his face.
The team will take the momentum from the Green and White night into a scrimmage at the Cushing Tigers next Friday evening. Coach Martin emphasized the need to capitalize on the things learned from the Saturday night scrimmage.
We want to be better next Friday night than we were tonight.Coach Martin