Hays High and Thomas More Prep-Marian gave fans their first glimpses of their football teams under new coaches, with the Indians and Monarchs holding their respective scrimmages on Friday night.
Hays High capped off the Maroon and Gold Kickoff Classic with the football team’s scrimmage at Lewis Field Stadium.
“I thought our kids came out to compete,” Hays High coach Tony Crough said. “When you’re playing against each other, you just never know what’s going to happen. They came out and competed and got after each other a little bit. When you see each other every day in practice, it just kind of gets blah, and they just kept going after it and competing. I was really impressed with that."
Senior Palmer Hutchison led the Indians’ offense for the scrimmage, making the switch to quarterback this year after playing middle linebacker last season.
“It’s a little different, but I definitely like it,” Hutchison said. “New playbook this year, I’ve been getting used to it. But it’s been a good change.”
The Monarchs held their scrimmage at TMP’s Cripplegate Field. Coach David Bowen was pleased with the showing.
“Very impressed," Bowen said. “Great line play. We were running the ball well. As always we saw a lot of things we did good tonight and we saw a lot of things we need to work on next week before our first game.”
Bowen said highlights from the scrimmage included touchdowns by receiver Jack Johnson and wing back Hunter Jacobs.
“Neither one of them in their lives have ever played football,” Bowen said. “They came out this year and have been working real hard for me and both are going to be on the field Friday nights.”
Carson Jacobs connected on a couple deep passes at quarterback and fullback/linebacker Kaleb Hagans showed he can carry the ball in Bowen’s smashmouth offense, routinely shedding tackles.
“I think our fullbacks and wingbacks have really loved to run the ball more than passing the ball from last year,” Hagans said. “It just looks better for what we have.”
TMP will open the season against Smith Center on Friday at Lewis Field Stadium, while Hays High will start on the road at Junction City.