When the Ganders hit the field tonight at Stallworth Stadium, they will attempt to make fans think of the fourth of July throughout the evening. Specifically when they have the ball.
Lee had a penchant for finding the end zone in its first two scrimmages and will look to continue to trend when it hosts Westbury at 7 p.m. The two teams last met two years ago when the Ganders pulled off a late win to end a losing streak. The two teams were scheduled to play last season only to have the game canceled because of Hurricane Harvey. Westbury went on to post a 3-5 record while Lee was 1-8.
The Ganders hope to use this game to get off to a solid start and add some numbers in the win column.
“They have some really good skill players similar to North Forest,” Lee head coach Tim Finn said. “They had spring football and they are trying to go fast. It is a concern. You don’t prepare for that in scrimmages and we have worked at it this week.”
The Ganders scrimmaged North Forest last week to get a solid look at a quicker team. In terms of X’s and O’s, Finn said the Westbury offense is similar to Lee and that makes preparation easier.
On the offensive line, Westbury has some size and a guard that is both big and aggressive to lead the unit. Leading the way in the Husky backfield is a quarterback who can run or pass the ball.
In terms of defense, Westbury has some size and runs well to the ball. Finn is hoping the Ganders will have an advantage because of the work put in during Fall Camp. Westbury has only practiced two weeks and had one scrimmage because of spring football. There is hope that translates into a conditioning advantage. Particularly when the fourth quarter comes around.
Lee will enter the scrimmage in better shape than it ended last season with more players only seeing time on one side of the ball. That does mean the Ganders will lean on young players who will have to mature quickly.
“The young kids will see some time,” Finn said. “We will start a couple of young kids with three or four sophomores who will see time on defense. A couple will start and others will back up.”
Finn said there is also more depth on special teams and it will need to make plays to help the team.