Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) freshman, junior varsity, and varsity football teams took part in their first scrimmage of the season against Ray High School Friday, August 16 at Pirate Stadium.

The varsity squad began play at 7:30 p.m. and introduced its new spread offense.

Overall, the Pirates ran into some expected difficulties in the execution of its new offense.

“All-in-all, I’m happy. I’m not very happy, but it’s better than what I thought it could have been,” said RFHS Head Football Coach Jay Seibert.

Seibert said he expected the offense would experience some difficulty in moving the ball.

“We knew we were going to have these growing pains, and they’re going to continue. They’re not going to just go away,” said Seibert. “There were some things we did well; but we’d have a good play, and then we’d have a bad play. We’re inconsistent right now.”

He added much of what the team was trying to do offensively was run difficult plays and run some of its tougher offensive concepts. Most of their mistakes, Seibert said, are correctable.

“These guys have grown up in the slot-T system where we run the football,” said Seibert. “So throwing the ball in the air and pass blocking is stuff we’ve got to learn.”

Seibert is confident the offense will look much better as they continue to gain more reps in practice.

“As we get consistent and we get comfortable with what we’re doing, I feel like we’re going to move the ball and score a bunch of points. It’s just right now, we’re learning,” said Seibert.

Whereas the offense has completely changed, the Pirate defense for the most part is the same. Under new Defensive Coordinator Robie Robbins, the Pirate defense was dominant throughout the night against Ray.

“We played excellent defense. I think they scored on their 80th play of the night,” said Seibert. “We did pretty well, defensively.”

It wasn’t until the end of the night when Ray scored the lone touchdown of the entire scrimmage by either team. The touchdown was scored in the final minute of the 15-minute timed quarter to end the scrimmage 7-0.

The Pirates will play its next and final scrimmage at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 against Laredo Nixon in Freer.

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