By Melissa McCaghren
It may not have been the opponent they originally planned, but the Slaton Tiger Football team took to the field Friday evening (Aug. 14) for intraquad practice.
The team was originally set to scrimmage with Stanton High School; however, the University Interscholastic League restricted teams to just one scrimmage this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Lawrence Johnson said too there was a benefit for this decision. “We also had a handful of kids who didn’t have all of their UIL mandated acclimation days, so the extra week provided them the days to be in compliance,” he said.
That said, Johnson said he and the players were happy to have the team in full gear and practicing for actual games.
“We were excited to jump into full contact action and knock some of the dust off. Our kids were flying around and working at a higher intensity. Our athletes are adapting well,” he said. “Our motto for this year is RTA (respond to adversity), which is something our Tigers are buying into.”
This week, the team will be scrimmaging against the Roosevelt Eagles in Roosevelt.
Johnson said he has several goals for the team. “Injury free is the biggest take away for myself and Coach Landers,” he said. “We have a great scrimmage format in place and look forward to a great showing of effort to help us prepare for our week one opponents.”
He added that he was proud of the team for adapting to the world around them during this COVID-19 outbreak and the restrictions that go with it.
“I am extremely proud of our Tigers and coaches for adjusting to the constant changes that occur on a daily. We are getting used to change being the only thing that is consistent and controlling how we respond,” he said.
The Tigers’ first regular game of the season is currently scheduled to be against the Snyder Tigers Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in Snyder.
Should this game change or be canceled due to the current pandemic, The Slatonite will post it on the Facebook page, Slatonite, and on the website www.slatonitenews.com.