SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldog annual Red and Black football scrimmage took place Friday night at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.
But the only difference was, due to wet conditions, the scrimmage was on the practice field instead of the actual game field inside the stadium.
Despite the change of venue, Sikeston head coach Charlie Vickery thought the scrimmage went according to plan.
"I think it went real good," said Vickery. "We were concerned about getting on the game field because of the water. But the practice field held up good. We started early because we wanted to get in as much as we could while it was still light. I thought we flew around. We had offense and defense divided pretty equally in two different groups."
Vickery admits the switch to the practice field disrupted the original schedule. Plus the scrimmage serves as a first glimpse for Bulldog fans.
While many fans lined the Ables Road parking area, since no seating was available, the crowd was nowhere near the number normally seen inside the stadium.
"It's a little disappointing because some of the parents didn't get to come out and see some stuff," said Vickery. "But we had to get a practice in and see how we looked. It rushed us around and threw us off schedule because we didn't get to do pregame and some other things we wanted to do. But we got a lot in tonight. Just how it looks, we'll have to look at the film. We made a lot of errors, but we have time to correct those."
With officiating crews and down markers being used, the two teams got about 30 plays each, with the jayvee team getting 17 plays in between.
There were no injuries reported, but there was plenty of hard hitting by a tenacious defense on both sides.
The coaching staff kept things pretty basic, but one noticeable change was the number of times the ball was put in the air.
"I think we're going to try to be balanced," said Vickery. "We've got to run the football. If you can't run the football I don't think you can win. But we probably will throw the football a little more. We've got good receivers and quarterbacks, so I feel pretty good about that."
Senior tailback Lavar Morgan looked tough early, scoring on runs of 40 and 37 yards.
"He did well -- he's big and he's got a lot of speed," said Vickery of Morgan.
Senior wide receiver Michael Colon also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Drew Lawrence.
Later in the scrimmage, Colon caught a pass from Blake DeWitt, made a couple of nice moves, and scored for a 30-yard reception.
DeWitt also found Lawrence Davis for an 18-yard touchdown.
Some other highlights saw Sam Owens score a touchdown from two yards out, and Josh Monroe displayed some nice moves on both receptions and runs. As far as the quarterback competition goes, Vickery says both Lawrence and DeWitt looked sharp.
"They both did some good things tonight," said Vickery. "They both threw the ball with some authority. We missed some balls but they're both pretty good. I'll have to chart it and see how they did."
But it wasn't just offense, the defense had its moments too. Linebacker Jacob Priday recorded several tackles for loss. And sophomore corner Felante Larry picked off a pass and probably would've had a touchdown return had the whistles not blown. Stephen Miller also had an interception.
"With just a general impression, we were pretty pleased," said Vickery. "We're not really concerned with who's scoring touchdowns or who's making sacks. We more concerned about getting it on film and seeing the individual effort."