Central Arkansas Christian’s football Mustangs completed the first full week of practice in pads last week without serious injury and moved to more of a regular routine with the commencement of classes at Mustang Mountain.
Tommy Shoemaker’s squad moved practice time to the afternoon.
“We had a good second week (of fall drills) and we’ve got one more week to work on a few things before we get to our scrimmage,” Shoemaker said.
The Mustangs will travel to Beebe on Tuesday, Aug. 26, for controlled scrimmages with the Badgers and Harding Academy. The junior high teams will start at 5 p.m. with the senior high to follow at 6:30. Admission is $5, which helps support the Arkansas Activities Association’s catastrophic insurance program.
“This week we’ll probably start putting in a few of our wrinkles, some gadget plays, some goal-line things we want to try to do,” Shoemaker said Sunday night. “It won’t be much, just some of the special things we want to run.
“We’ll do a little bit of prep for Beebe and the Academy, not much, because they run different types of offenses.”
He said both junior Kayleb Scallon and sophomore Noah Evans, battling to replace the graduated quarterback Jack Thomas, had had good fall camps thus far.
“Both quarterbacks had good weeks, threw the ball well and executed the offense well,” he said. “They’re definitely making it tough on me. It’s a good kind of tough, a good problem to have. Both are good football players. And I’ve been in that situation where I needed both of them.”
He will wait to name a starter until after the scrimmage, he said.
“I hope in the scrimmage somebody separates himself and makes it easy for me,” Shoemaker said. “We’ve got that case in a couple of different positions, like at cornerback and some of our inside receiver positions and on the defensive line.
“It’s always good to have competition, but somebody’s got to start. Those other guys will play; we’d just like to figure out who the starters will be.”
He also praised the recent work of slot back Keaton Raney, wide receiver Stephen Flanigan and tailback/linebacker Braylon Harris.
With the weather heating up this week, he said the Mustangs would aim toward the goal of working at as high a level and as good a pace as possible.
“But I don’t know if you can get in game shape until you play a game,” Shoemaker said. “The first one is always tough. Historically, the weather now is still not all that bad. It feels hotter just because it’s hotter than it’s been, but there have been times in the past we would’ve loved to have had weather this cool.”
He said the coaches and trainers would keep a closer watch on the team as the temperatures rise and stress acclimation and hydration.