Wildcats get first taste of action in scrimmage against Independence

On a day more suited for a mid summer sport, the Taft freshmen, junior varsity and varsity football teams got to fine tune their skills Thursday evening when they scrimmaged against Independence at home.

“That was sure better than practicing,” Taft coach Steve Sprague said of the varsity scrimmage.

Overall 66 plays were run in the scrimmage with Taft running a series of 12 plays before Independence got to run their share of plays. The process was repeated throughout the scrimmage.

“I think our first defense was pretty stingy on them,” Sprague said of the defensive performance. “We got a chance to look at everyone.”

Everything was worked on during the scrimmage with the Wildcats kicking point after tries and field goals to start the evening. Taft also worked on some of their offensive plays from most of the field and defensive plays like the goal line stance.

Taft has a couple more days of practice before officially opening the season Friday when they take on Templeton in Templeton.

Junior varsity

Meanwhile, the Taft junior varsity team got a chance to improve on several aspects of their game in their contest against Independence.

“Defensively, I thought we played better than expected,” said Taft coach Mike Goodwin.

Overall the teams ran roughly 30 plays according to Goodwin.

“Offensively we moved the ball,” he said.

While the team did well on defense, Goodwin says there are several things the team needs to keep working on like blocking .


Like the varsity squad, the freshmen team got to look at different players in their scrimmage against Independence.

“Our kids took some hits and gave some also,” said Taft coach Mark Hutson.

Overall, the first team got the majority of the plays with 15 while the second and third teams each ran 12 plays.

“I was real happy with our team,” said Hutson. “We still have a way to go especially on offense. A few of the guys on the second team really stepped up.”

The Taft teams kick off their season this week starting with the freshmen’s game Thursday against North at home. The game begins at 5 p.m.

    A day later, the junior varsity and varsity teams travel to Templeton to take on the Eagles. The games Friday get underway at 5/7:30 p.m.