Smithhart looks for effort, competitiveness in Friday scrimmage

By Paul Keane
The Franklin Advocate
The Bulldogs of Franklin County High School started off the 2019 season last week with full-scale practices.
Now, at the end of Week 2, the team gets a chance to measure itself against someone else when FCHS travels to East Marion for a scrimmage. The junior varsity will begin at 6 p.m. and play a half, followed by the varsity squad playing a half.
Head Coach B.J. Smithhart said the first week of practice was about what he expected, and that the carry over from spring drills was good.
“It was a typical first week,” he said. “We’re coming along, and the spring really helped us get a lot of stuff installed.”
Now comes the scrimmage Friday, which should serve as a tune-up for the Aug. 23 season opener at home against Northeast Jones.
“We want to see our kids compete and play hard,” Smithhart said. “We know that we’ll make some mistakes, but we want to see the effort and see the kids compete and play hard.”
He said getting players ample playing time Friday night should not be a problem.
“They should all play because we’re playing varsity and JV,” he said. “With only 35 players, getting everyone some playing time shouldn’t be a problem.”
Smithhart said while effort and being competitive is the main focus, there is also an underlying benefit to playing the scrimmage on Friday.
“It gives us a chance to get some film and see what we do well and what we don’t do well at this point of the season,” he said. “That will allow us to adjust and get ready for the opener against Northeast Jones.”

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