This season, the Trojans enter the scrimmage with several new starters and some positions still up for grabs, and all that will be on display as Carrollton prepares for its Aug. 31 season-opener against Oxford, Ala.
"We want to see them under the lights and on game film. We film practice every day and they understand and we correct it, but to put them in a game situation where we're not out there and they have to execute, I think that will be important to see who can and can't do it in those situations," Trojan coach Rayvan Teague said.
The Trojans will already be short-handed with four starters out for the preseason game. While it's not ideal, it will give a chance for even more players to get on the field and gain experience.
"We're going to be playing with about four starters out, so that's going to have a little bit of an impact. We're missing two offensive linemen and those two DBs. That's going to make us a little less effective, execution-wise. We'd like to get more out of the scrimmage by having those guys in there, but again, we're building depth," Teague said.
For Teague and his staff, the focus will be on getting as many players on the field as possible. With as many unknowns this season, the key will be finding the people to replace the long list of players that graduated this past May.
"It's preseason, we're going to play a lot of kids on defense and we're going to have several people run the football and play receiver. We're going to get all that on film. Then the JV quarter will be just that," Teague said.
Overall, no matter what the scoreboard reads — if a score is even kept — as long as the Trojans come out healthier than they did going in, the scrimmage will be a success.
"Hopefully, we'll get healthier and add a bit to our numbers. We know we'll probably still be without three of those four starters, but we hope to get one of the starters back. We'll look and see out of the substitutes and people we have out there who played the best and they'll start to get more reps," Teague said.