It's hot out there

Kilgore High School football players take a moment out of practice for a water break. The Bulldogs were to have their first practice in pads on Friday, and then business really picks up: the watermelon fest is this coming Thursday outside the field house, and Kilgore hosts Gilmer for a scrimmage on Friday. The Bulldogs open the season Friday, Aug. 30, on the road at Nacogdoches. (Photo by MITCH LUCAS)

It’s not a 1-versus-2 matchup like we got in the 2013 season, but Kilgore does meet Gilmer this year on the football field.

The Ragin’ Red will host the Gilmer Buckeyes next Friday night here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in the first of two preseason scrimmages for coach Mike Wood’s Bulldogs. The freshmen and junior varsity teams will start at 6 p.m., and varsity to follow, around 7:30.

It’ll be that same format next week when Kilgore visits Kaufman for another scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 23.

At the scrimmage against Gilmer, there’s no admission, but Kilgore is once again taking donations at the gate to help fund the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Our Day to Shine, a benevolence fund to help players or coaches in the event of an emergency. KHS has participated in the program for the last few years, and there have been almost $400,000 in contributions, statewide.

A couple of other things of note about Kilgore football: season ticket packages are on sale at the school’s new athletic department office, in the transportation/ maintenance building. They’re $35 each for Kilgore’s five home games.

Also, the program will host the annual watermelon fest, along with player introductions and performances by the school’s band, cheerleaders and Hi-Steppers, on Thursday night outside the Mitchell Field House on campus.

Other programs in the News Herald’s coverage area also have scrimmages coming up.

Coach Rex Sharp’s Sabine Cardinals have two scrimmages, as well: they’ll both be at home. They host Troup next Friday in the first scrimmage, with JV starting at 6 p.m. and varsity afterward, and then on Friday, Aug. 23, they’ll host Tyler Grace, also a 6 p.m. JV start.

Overton visits Alto for a scrimmage next Friday, Aug. 16, although the time is still to be determined, and then the Mustangs visit T.K. Gorman’s Monsignor John V. McCallum Stadium for a second scrimmage on Aug. 23, starting at 5 p.m.

West Rusk starts the Nick Harrison coaching era next Friday at Winona, starting at 5, and then another on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Troup. Harrison replaces longtime coach John Frazier.

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