By DANNY P. SMITH
It was hot in Starkville at 11 a.m. Friday.
It's still going to be hot on Aug. 19 when the Starkville Academy Volunteers open the season at home against St. Andrews.
Starkville Academy head coach Jeff Terrill was getting his team ready for the weather the early portion of the schedule will present with a morning scrimmage against Lamar School that lasted past the noon hour at Volunteer Field.
"We really put them in a tough situation at 11 (a.m.) with the heat," Terrill said. "We're going to gain a lot from it and I think Lamar is too."
SA senior offensive and defensive lineman Angus Catchot welcomed the opportunity to get conditioned in similar temperatures the players will be feeling when the games begin to count.
Catchot didn't see the Vols as sharp on the offensive side of the football, but thought the defense remained strong.
"I feel like our front four defensive linemen are looking pretty good this year," Catchot said. "We were a little weak with the defensive backs, but it was the first scrimmage and haven't played a game yet. They're doing good."
Terrill also saw some good things, but is still waiting for some players to step up and make plays.
"It looks like definitely to me that we were a football team on a first date," Terrill said. "Nobody would really step up and really make a move.
"We're pleased with where we are, but still have a lot of work to do."
Starkville Academy gets another opportunity to improve in a game-type situation on Thursday at Jackson Academy's jamboree.
Terrill welcomes any work the Vols can get in that format.
"It will be with officials and a more game-type atmosphere so it's another big step," Terrill said. "It's so valuable especially with the numbers we've got. Going against somebody else, I think the kids have fun."