They might be moving to a new classification in the fall, but that doesn’t mean Highland Park was changing up its routine during its annual spring football drills.
The Scots completed the spring with the annual Blue-Gold game on Tuesday at Highlander Stadium, when the final score takes a backseat to assuring that preparations for the fall season are on track.
“I was very happy. They showed they learned a lot,” said HP head coach Randy Allen.”It was a close game and a hard-fought game.”
Besides entertaining the crowd in attendance, the game served as a final opportunity for some players to position themselves on the depth chart entering the summer.
Establishing depth was one Allen’s primary goals for the spring, along with installing an offensive and defensive game plan and getting some varsity newcomers acclimated to their roles.
“We feel good about our depth chart,” Allen said. “We’ve got some guys who can play.”
The return of quarterback Brooks Burgin and other playmakers puts the offense ahead of the defense right now for the Scots, but Allen said his defensive unit played hard in the spring scrimmages and spring game.
“I was pleased with the progress the defense made this spring,” he said. “It’s been a pretty even match in the scrimmages.”
HP won the District 10-4A title last season and advanced to the state semifinals. But after more than two decades as a 4A state powerhouse, the Scots will be among the smallest schools in the state in the new Class 6A next season. They will start fall practice on Aug. 11 and will open the regular season on Aug. 30 against Frisco Centennial in the Tom Landry Classic at SMU.
Judging from what he saw during the past four weeks, Allen thinks his team will be ready for the challenge.
“We got a lot accomplished, if you look at the goals we set,” Allen said. “We need a good summer of conditioning, but we’ve got a chance to be a pretty good football team.”