Wildcats and Falcons will hook up in a scrimmage Thursday.

After sixteen days of practice, the Taft varsity football team will get the opportunity to face an opponent Thursday evening when they take on the Independence Falcons in a scrimmage in Bakersfield.

“I think we’re right on schedule,” said Taft coach Steve Sprague. “The grunt work is done.”

It maybe their first game against an opponent but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats are going full force in terms of play calling.

“We’re going to keep it basic,” said Sprague. “We won’t be using it Thursday.”

Whether it is a scrimmage or a regular game Sprague says the team cannot be concerned about who they play.

“We can’t worry about Independence we got to worry about the Taft Wildcats,” he said.

There is one area that Thursday’s game will help the Wildcats going into their first regular season game.

“It will help us put together a depth chart,” said Sprague.

The varsity scrimmage will follow the freshmen and junior varsity scrimmage which will start at 5 p.m. There is no set amount of plays or time limit on how long the contest will go.

Following the scrimmage, the Wildcats will have eight days off before opening their season against Golden Valley in Bakersfield. The game that night will start at 7:30 p.m.