LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots summer football schedule is approaching its home stretch — and for those anticipating the return of the three-time 4A southeastern champions to the field, it couldn’t come fast enough.
After the NCHSAA dead period ended last Thursday, Scotland set up shop at St. Andrews for a team camp on Friday and Saturday. Varsity players attended, as well as invited others looking to secure a roster position. Scotland High has several other key upcoming events that will culminate in the first regular season game at South View on Aug. 22.
This week, Scotland will resume practice and then have a BCS Championship on Wednesday at 6 p.m. This is a team competition, and head coach Richard Bailey said the players will be split up into groups of eight as they continue to battle one another for depth chart positioning and possibly a roster spot.
Friday will mark the first official day of practice for the entire team. Practice will run from 8-11 a.m, and junior varsity and varsity players are expected to participate. Grades 9-12 may attend, and this will be a mandatory practice for anyone already on the team or others looking to try out. Players who haven’t already passed a physical must do so and bring the paperwork.
“If they’re on the team, they better be at this practice,” Bailey said. “You’re not going to play football if you don’t come to this practice.”
Any player who cannot attend, Bailey said, should contact him immediately and let the coaching staff know.
Scotland will have about a weeks work of official practices under their belts before Bailey and his staff announce the final roster by Aug. 7 or 8. They travel to Douglas Byrd on Aug. 12 for a scrimmage between them, Douglas Byrd, and Northern Durham. On Aug. 15, perhaps one of the more anticipated scrimmages in North Carolina high school football will take place, as the Scots travel to Rocky River High in Charlotte to play Mallard Creek. Mallard Creek won the 4AA state championship last year, and are expected to compete for another title this year.
“It’s just a scrimmage, but we should have a good idea where we stand after we play Mallard Creek,” Bailey said.
Once those two scrimmages are completed, Scotland will have another week to practice and fine tune their gameplan before they open the season on the road against South View.
Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-3170. Follow him on Twitter @L_Martinez13.