By DAVID CLAYBOURN
It’ll be Red versus White when the Greenville Lions hold their intrasquad scrimmage tonight to cap off four weeks of spring football practice.
The contest starts at 6 p.m. at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium. There will be no admission charge for spectators.
Though head coach Marvin Sedberry and his assistants have tried to balance the two teams, the Red team will consist mostly of the top players on offense with most of the top defenders on the White team. Extra points and field goals will be part of the scrimmage but no punting.
“The thing we want to do is to see how some of them will play in a game-type situation,” said Sedberry.
Sedberry said this intrasquad scrimmage is very important for the Lions because they’ll only have one preseason scrimmage before starting the 2014 season on Aug. 29 at North Garland. Their only preseason scrimmage is at 9 a.m. on Aug. 22 at Ford Stadium against Seagoville.
The Lions have been practicing four days a week after school since April 28.
“This week we’re kind of at that point where we’re kind of like that second week of two-a-days,” said Sedberry.
In other words, the Lions are ready for a break in the routine, where they can take what they’ve learned in practice and apply it in a game-type situation.
Sedberry said there’s been some leaders in practice.
“Carandal Hale has been looking pretty good at running back,” he said. “Shaq Riley at defensive end.”
Sedberry said Rakwon Dennis has been a standout on the defensive line and that linebacker Devon Sharrier and end Jose Pena have also been making progress on defense.
“We’ve been having a very good competition at quarterback,” he said.
Treveon Heard, Spencer Gilbert II and Jacob Jarvis have been contending for the starting quarterback position. Heard and Gilbert both played that spot for the Lions last season. Heard was 12-of-42 passing for 153 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 66 yards and one score on 39 carries. Gilbert, who also played running back and wide receiver, was 15-of-43 for 145 yards and one score, plus rushed for 335 yards and six touchdowns on 69 carries. Jarvis did not play football last season.
Heard will start at quarterback for the Red team, with Jarvis on the White team.
Sedberry said he feels “good” about this group of players.
“We’re more aggressive,” he said. “We’re more physical. The attitude is pretty good. You’re a little concerned about how you’re going to look.”
The Lions, who are coming off their fourth straight 0-10 season, are preparing to tackle a new District 15-5A lineup that will include Hallsville, Longview, Longview Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs and Texas High of Texarkana.