MARSHALL — Enough of lining up against teammates; it’s time for Robert E. Lee to unveil what it hopes is a new and improved offense and defense against an opponent.
The Red Raiders will face Marshall in a controlled scrimmage at 6 p.m. today at Maverick Stadium.
The freshmen and JV scrimmages will take place simultaneously; beginning at 5 p.m. Freshmen will begin on one side of the field at the 49 yard line with the JV on the other 49.
It is also a debut of sorts for new Lee head coach Darrell Piske, who took over in February. Piske inherited a team that went 1-9 last year.
The Red Raiders took on a team from Mexico in this scrimmage a year ago with the years before that against San Marcos. Piske and REL are staying in East Texas this time as the Red Raiders prepare to open up against Sulphur Springs next Saturday, Sept. 1, at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Lee is picked to finish fifth in the new seven-team District 12-5A by Texas Football. Piske said the Red Raiders can change opinions by starting off strong and maintaining it all the way through.
“Until you’ve done something, you are not going to be (picked high), and until you do something, that is where you deserve to be picked,” Piske said. “I haven’t looked that far down the road because from where we are, we are concerned with Sulphur Springs right now and doing everything we can to prepare for the (Wildcats).”
The scrimmage will begin with 15 plays of Lee’s No.1 offense against Marshall’s No. 1 defense before switching with the Mavericks’ No. 1 offense battling the Red Raiders’ No. 1 defense for 15 plays.
The second session will feature 12 plays between Lee and Marshall’s No. 2 offense and defense. The No.1 units will come back for 10 plays before the second teams finish off the controlled portion with eight plays apiece.
Each drive will begin at the 25 with a turnover or turnover on downs moving the offense back to the 25.
The two teams will practice punting and extra-point attempts against a rush, but no contact on the kicker.
The final segment will feature two 12-minute quarters with a semi-running clock. Each team will have one timeout per quarter with penalties enforced.
Raider Rap: The JV and freshmen scrimmages will go an hour, with the No. 1 offense against No. 1 defense for 10 plays and then No. 2 offense against No. 2 defense for 10 plays. This will repeat until the hour is up. … Last year, the Red Raiders were shut out in a scrimmage against Monterrey Tech (Mexico). … Marshall competes in District 14-4A and is picked to finish fourth in district after going 2-8 last season.