Evening before varsity has its "jamboree" scrimmages at Moberly, younger, less-experienced players will go against each other in 6:30-8:30 p.m. "competition" at Litton Stadium II. Old CHS helmets, jerseys to be sold before, during free event
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — A combination competition opportunity for younger and less-experienced 2019 Chillicothe High School football players and program fundraiser is set to take place this Thursday evening at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II.
An intrasquad “Red and Black Scrimmage” for projected junior-varsity and “C” team players will highlight the event. According to Hornets head coach Tim Rulo, the on-field action will last from 6:30 p.m. until about 8:30.
“We would love for parents and fans to come and enjoy watching some preseason football,” he invites.
Additionally, preceding and during the scrimmage (from 6-8 p.m), some “vintage” CHS football helmets and jerseys which no longer will be used will be available for purchase by the public. The “booth” will be set up in the concrete landing area behind the stadium grandstands. Proceeds will benefit the CHS football program.
Borrowing from the former long-time preseason tradition of an intrasquad scrimmage the week before the varsity team’s season opener – an event which quickly evaporated once the Missouri State High School Activities Association membership voted to approve interscholastic preseason controlled scrimmages (jamborees) about 20 years ago, this year’s “Red and Black Scrimmage” will provide an opportunity for players who might or might not get into Friday night’s varsity “jamboree” scrimmages at Moberly to get in some action in game-like conditions.
The intrasquad play will provide both an opportunity for those players to get a taste of competition before the JV and “C” teams have their first real games Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day evening). It also will be an evaluation opportunity for the coaching staff as it prepares for those openers.
While many of the 60-plus players out for this year’s Chillicothe teams will play in Thursday’s scrimmage, the projected varsity regulars will not, instead having a scaled-down after-school practice in final preparation for the next night’s scrimmages at Moberly.
As a result, Rulo notes, many players will go through the practice after school and then turn around, an hour or so later, and be involved in the intrasquad scrimmage.
“We do ask that the players bring a snack that day,” the head coach says. “We will knock out some meetings right after school before the players get dressed and ready for the scrimmage.”