The first test of the season for the Bridgeport Bulls’ potent offense will be trying to get past their teammates on defense.
The Bridgeport’s top offensive and defensive units will square off in the team’s annual Maroon/White game Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Bull Memorial Stadium.
Throughout his tenure, Bridgeport coach Danny Henson has featured the scrimmage as part of the team’s preparation for the season
“It’s a chance to get more reps and a closer look at some people in a game situation,” Henson said. “It’s a good chance to get a good film and get the competitive juices going in more of a game atmosphere.”
The coach added that the scrimmage under the lights gives him and his staff a good evaluation of players.
“When the lights come on it makes some players better or worse,” Henson said. “It’s a chance for a kid to catch our eye and gives use a realistic look of what they look like live.”
The scrimmage will be held after two practices in full pads.
“It’s a good part of two-a-days to have it,” Henson said. “They’ve been in four days of shorts and two with pads. By that time, they need something to break up that routine. At no other part of the season will you have six practices without a game.”
Bridgeport will have another three practices after the intersquad scrimmage before its first action against another opponent, Byron Nelson, Aug. 14.
“It give us a couple of days and a couple of practices before our first scrimmage if we need to make a personnel change,” Henson said.
The Bulls return a majority of their starters on both sides of the ball from last year’s team that made the third round of the playoffs. But some starters have yet to be chosen.
“There are still some spots we’re deciding on,” he said. “You’d hope to have kids in position before the first scrimmage.”
Just as important, Henson said they will be looking to develop depth at many positions.