With two weeks to go until the start of the football season, the Waynesville High School football team put on a scrimmage for the home town crowd at Thursday night's “Meet the Tiger” event.
“We do this every year so that we can give the players a chance, after working for two weeks, to get out and play for the fans and their friends and family,” said Waynesville head coach Rick Vernon. “You have officials officiating so that you get that feel for a real game before you go out and play in one.”
The weather did prove to be a factor as the first game was stopped because of lighting but when the players returned to the field they did put on a show for those that came out to watch them.
“They look promising,” said Waynesville Tigers fan Joe Johnson. “We have some things to work on but they look ok. We have some work to do.”
The younger guys played first, with the offense substituting in as many players as they wanted but they did make sure that everybody got a chance to see some playing time.
Javon Davis had the big play breaking an 85 yard touchdown run on a botched snap and the defense was able to pick off several pass attempts.
“It wil be interesting this year because of all the new faces,” said Johnson “We had a lot of kids graduate and the sophomores and juniors are going to have to pick it up this year to get back to where we have been in the past.”
Today will be the jamboree and Waynesville will play Marshfield and Nixa. The Tigers open up their season, their last one at Slaughter Field, on August 24 against Ozark Conference foe West Plains.