Pierce County will get its final tuneup before kicking off the 2016 season Friday night when the Bears travel to Folkston to face Charlton County.
Kick off is set for 8 p.m.
The Bears have had two weeks to work out their mistakes since scrimmaging Irwin County. Charlton County has had just one week after playing Class AA favorite Fitzgerald.
“We’re preparing like this is game week,” said PCHS head coach Sean Pender. “We did special teams play Monday. We’ll put in the game plan on Tuesday and Wednesday and have a walk-thru Thursday.”
Pierce County will play for keeps next week when the season begins with a home game against Bacon County.
Pender says he will use the scrimmage to try and answer questions.
“We’re going to try to run the ball and be physical,” he said. “We didn’t run that much against Irwin County, so we need to go in with that mindset. We’ve also got to work on cutting down the penalty situation. We had way too many against Irwin County.
“We’ve just got to get better at running our stuff. Fitzgerald had some success running the ball so we need to see if we can establish the run. We threw the ball to much in our first scrimmage.”
Defensively, he wants to see how his unit defends a premier receiver that has committed to the University of Florida and a top-notch running back.
“We’re going to rotate players on their (Indians) receiver to see how well they can defend him,” Pender said. “They have a very good running back and I think they will try to establish the run with him. They’ll also rotate two quarterbacks in their spread offense.”
The Bears are still having to cope with the injury bug. There could be as many as five starting players missing the game.
“We’ve got some question marks with those guys,” said Pender. “We’ll just have to see how this week goes.”
Everything will be live Friday night, including special teams play. The varsity teams will play three quarters with the jayvee teams alternating three-minute possessions.