Texas College gears up for its fast-approaching football opener with a controlled scrimmage today against Houston Southeast Prep.

The exhibition gets underway at noon at Mewbourne Field on the All Saints Episcopal School campus.

The tune-up will feature two offensive series each by the two teams before one live 15-minute quarter to conclude the exhibition.

TC opens the season on Saturday, Aug. 25 against fourth-ranked (NAIA) St. Francis (Ind.) at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. The game kicks off at 2 p.m.

The Steers spent the past week preparing to improve on the 0-11 record posted last season in George Cumby’s first year at the helm.

“We’ve been focusing on getting in shape and making sure everyone has the system down,” Cumby said. “We’re getting ready for St. Francis.”

Cumby counted 86 players in fall camp, including quarterback Vincent McNeil and wide receiver Johnny Thomas on offense, and linebackers Richard Lee and Dontay Livingston and defensive lineman Henry Tapps on defense.

McNeil, a former all-conference player at Tyler Junior College, missed last season for eligibility reasons. Thomas (6-4, 215, Sr., New Orleans) suffered a season-ending injury in the first game last year after catching 30 passes for five TDs the previous campaign.

Lee earned All-Central States Football League first-team all-conference honors last year on the offensive line, with Livingston and Tapps making the second team.

The Steers plan on playing the veterans sparingly today while gauging other talent.

“We pretty much know what they can do,” Cumby said. “We need to see our young guys perform.”

Steers’ Scoop: Southeast Prep is a one-year postgraduate preparatory school … The Steers’ coaching staff consists of Phillip Pratt (offensive coordinator), Stephen Tomlinson (defensive coordinator), Reggie Mathis (linebackers), and graduate assistants Lee McDowell (defensive line), Gerilius Moore (offensive, defensive assistant) and Travis Tate (offensive line).