Football team prepares for sixth annual spring game


Photo by Harper Lee

The Hawks offensive line attempts to fend off Plano West defenders in a game on Sept. 15, 2017.

The sixth annual spring game will be held on May 30; JV will play at 5:30 p.m. and varsity will play at 7 p.m.

“It’s an intersquad scrimmage, so we have just been playing against each other,” head coach Brian Brazil said. “We’ve been playing against our offense against defense and defense against offense. We’re basically just playing ourselves.”

To prepare for the game, the players have been attending practices at around 6:30 a.m. Junior Cody Burris said the team has been working hard to get tougher and to improve positions.

“It’s the same as full football because it’s full contact football, but its different [than a traditional game] because we are playing ourselves and there are two 30-minute halves,” Burris said. “My favorite part about the spring game is a display of work everyone has been putting in over the off season and spring practice.”

The spring game will be held independently of the family festival, different to previous years where the Spring Game has been held on the same night as the festival.

“This year’s a little different, but I just like seeing our kids have one last time to compete and watching the coaches having a fun time getting to coach their own team because we divide it up and let them coach it,” Brazil said. “I like having the community out there and it’s good to see everybody doing that and being excited about the upcoming year.”

Another aspect of the game is that it allows the team to prepare for the upcoming season in the fall, while also bringing back memories of the previous season.

“[We have been practicing] every morning and going through drills,” junior Cody Burris said. “[The game] hypes me up for the season in the fall. I hope my team will win.”

Burris said he hopes to showcase what the team has been working on and to give a sneak peek into next fall’s season.

“I’ve been doing what I can to help the coaches and the younger guys and those without varsity experience,” Burris said. “I hope at the end of spring game everyone feels like the hard work they’ve put in day after day has paid off. I also hope it will make everyone excited for what next season holds.”