As the Mansfield football team gears up for Friday night's game with Flower Mound Marcus, coach Jeff Hulme is confident that his team will come ready to play.
Mansfield opens up the regular season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at Marcus, and Hulme said that he expects for his team to have its hands full with the Marauders.
“I think we are in for a tough game,” Hulme said. “We are up there, first and foremost, and it's their first game with a new coach (Gerry Stanford), so there is going to be a lot of energy surrounding that. They have a new system they have up there, which might work to our advantage. They might be too excited in trying to learn a new system, so I'm hoping they will make some mistakes that we can capitalize on.
“We just have to play our game. We have to minimize mistakes, play good defense and run out the clock. It's going to be a good, physical game.”
Hulme said that the team has looked good throughout spring football, two-a-days and its scrimmage with L.D. Bell this past weekend and said that his players are raring to go.
“Things are going great,” Hulme said. “We've had a good first few weeks, come in in great shape and had a good scrimmage against Bell. We looked pretty good, and I couldn't be happier with how things turned out.”
Hulme said that his team did look good in a number of areas in the scrimmage with Bell and said that there were only a couple of areas of concern for him and the coaching staff.
“I thought we threw the ball well, and I thought that our defense ran the ball well, in terms of making the right reads with out linebackers and being where they are supposed to be faster,” Hulme said. “Offensively, our lineman are staying on their block longer, but they can still stay on them a little longer. Those type of things are easily corrected by watching film, though.”
Hulme said that there were no real stand-out performances in the scrimmage, but added that was not really what he was looking for, either.
“We were playing a lot of people, and we only 30 or 40 plays in a scrimmage,” Hulme said. “We had 15 plays with our starters. The thing that I was probably the most pleased with in the scrimmage is that the effort was there. The energy level was where it needed to be, and those are important things for us.”
Hulme said the major objective of the scrimmage with L.D. Bell, which was to evaluate players, make some tweaks and make sure people are where they are supposed to be, was accomplished.
“We treat the scrimmage as a practice,” Hulme said. “We don't game plan for a player or the team we're scrimmaging. It is a practice that we used to get better, and a gauge to tell us where we are going into the first game of the season.
“We've been working on Marcus since the first day of two-a-days. We have been preparing for them, and now we put our official game plan in for them, and we'll go from there.”