LOCUST GROVE — Andrew Rice wants to see some good things out of his Miami Wardogs when they travel to Locust Grove on Friday, Aug. 18.
But he’s also realistic: there will be mistakes too.
“We just need to hit other people,” Rice said. “We basically told them to go out there. We’re going to make mistakes; we just want them to go full speed and make mistakes. Really it’s like a pretest in school. We need something to evaluate what they know and what we are able to do.
“There is no consequence from mistakes out there. It is kind of a free pass and it gives us some film to go ‘OK, here is what we need to build.’”
Joining the Wardogs and the hosts will be Kellyville and Dewey.
The JV and freshmen start at 5 p.m. with the varsity at 6 p.m.
“Maybe there are some guys somewhere we didn’t really know about and ‘hey, this kid might be able to help us here,’” Rice said. “It’s a chance to go out there and play basically without consequence.”
Friday’s dry run is the first in preparation for the season opener on Friday, Sept. 1.
The Dogs travel to Stilwell next Thursday for the final tune-up.
“I am excited for the kids. I want them to be able to see some of this work pay off,” said Rice, who is in his first season as the Wardogs’ head coach.
Locust Grove finished 5-5 a year ago. That ended a run that saw the Pirates lose only three times over the previous three seasons, reaching the 3A quarterfinals (2015), semifinals (2014) and quarterfinals (2013).
Dewey was 5-5 and Kellyville 2-8 in 2016.
Jim Ellis is sports editor of the Miami News-Record. He can be reached by phone at 918-542-5508 or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mnrsportsguy.