It was a sight to see Saturday evening when the Altus Bulldog football players — padded up and ready to go — filed onto the field with the coaching staff and began their warm-ups in the north end zone of Hightower Memorial Stadium.
The annual blue and white scrimmage took place in front of a large crowd, but for the Bulldogs it was business as usual.
For the community of Altus, it was a chance to see what these Bulldog players could create on the field and more importantly, what opposing defenses had to fear once they stepped onto the field.
That is the reason they put this scrimmage on. It is also why the players put the pads on for only the second time.
“We have three goals that we want to achieve through the blue and white scrimmage,” Head Coach Todd Vargas said. “Because of OSSAA (Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association) regulations, we have only been in pads one day. We also want to see players in action and see their physicality and we want the public to be able to see their Bulldogs in action. We accomplished all of these goals. The coaching staff is very pleased with what we saw. We have only had five practices and we looked very clean on offense. Defensively we saw exactly what we expected and that is kids that will go down hill and strike you.”
Now the Bulldogs prepare for a live scrimmage 6 p.m. Friday against Weatherford. After that, the season officially opens at Clinton and judging from the scrimmage, these Bulldogs are prepared for a battle on the turf.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.