By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Due to a scheduling mix-up the Greenville Lions called off their football scrimmage against Quinlan Ford.
They’ll instead play tonight at Gilmer, the No. 3 team in the Associated Press Class 3A state rankings. That scrimmage starts at 6 p.m. at Buckeye Stadium with the freshmen and junior varsity scrimmaging at opposite ends of the field at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 7:15.
Greenville Lions coach Marvin Sedberry called the mix-up “an oversight on my part.” The scrimmage was marked for Thursday on both teams’ schedules but 4A teams that went through spring training can’t play their first scrimmage until today according to University Interscholastic League rules.
“There was a scheduling error,” said Ford coach Todd Wallace. “At the late notice we couldn’t work out a time to schedule on Friday.”
Thus, Ford won’t play a scrimmage this week. The Panthers scrimmaged last week against Edgewood.
Sedberry said he hated the mix-up if it caused problems for the parents and fans “who’ve already scheduled their plans.”
The Lions, who needed a scrimmage to get ready for next week’s season opener, found another team whose scheduled opponent wasn’t able to scrimmage this week. Gilmer was to square off against New Boston, which called off the scrimmage due to a fatal shooting that reportedly involved a player.
Gilmer returns seven offensive and six defensive starters off a 14-2 team that reached the 3A Division II state finals last season before losing to Navasota. Several of the Buckeyes’ top skill position players are listed with 4.5 speed or better in the 40-yard dash.
“I know about the quality of the program,” said Sedberry. “They were runner-up last year.”
Gilmer outscored No. 6 ranked Whitehouse of Class 4A three touchdowns to none in a controlled scrimmage last week and then scored two more touchdowns and booted a field goal in two live quarters. Gilmer scored on two 70-yard pass plays in the controlled portion, plus on a 66-yard touchdown pass and an interception return in the live portion.
The two first offenses will run 15 plays, followed by 10 plays by the second offenses in the controlled portion. Then they’ll play a live half.
“Will the kids play and play hard,” Sedberry said when asked what the scrimmage goal was. “You’re always concerned about conditioning. For the most part we’ve identified our number ones. Hopefully there will be somebody who steps up that we haven’t noticed that’ll make us a better team.”
Gilmer was also ranked No. 3 in 3A by “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine” and No. 3 in a coaches poll also conducted by that magazine. Returning quarterback Tanner Barr rushed for 903 yards and threw for 2,946 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012.