SIKESTON - The Annual Red and Black Scrimmage will be held tonight at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium starting at 6:30.
The "soap game," as it is formerly called, gives fans a chance to see the team in their uniforms and under the lights for the first time.
"They can come out and watch their sons play and it gives the fans a first-
glimpse of the team -- it gives people a taste of football," said Sikeston coach Jerry Dement.
But it isn't just for the fans. Dement says the game is perfect for evaluating areas of strengths and weaknesses.
"It's a big evaluation time as much as anything," said Dement. "We've got quite a few news faces and people at new positions. We've got a lot of competition for jobs this year. It will give everybody a chance to show what they got and see how far along we've come under a fairly competitive situation. It's kind of fun for the kids and it's a good evaluation tool for the coaches.
"Plus we'll have referees there to keep an eye on us, so we can learn with that too. Kids get tired of drilling all the time and they want to be in game situations, so that's what this is for."
The Sikeston football team will host the jamboree scrimmage next Friday including teams from East Prairie, New Madrid County Central and Jennings.
The Bulldogs will open the regular season on Sept. 2 when they host Caruthersville at SPS Stadium.