AFTON – Afton played it close to the vest during Saturday morning's scrimmage against Oklahoma Union.

“We did pretty well, especially in our formatted plays early in the scrimmage,” Eagle head coach Zach Gardner said. “Late in the scrimmage, when we went live action, they stunted on us quite a bit. We didn't pick up a couple blitzes.”

Oklahoma Union, which was battered by the Eagles 40-0 here last season, scored twice while not allowing a touchdown defensively.

“We never had any momentum in the last quarter,” Gardner said. “We did some positive things, but defensively we were on our heels. Ideally, I thought we should have gotten beat 6-0, but ended up giving up 13 points.”

This was the first and only preseason tuneup for the Eagles. Oklahoma Union faced Fairland last Friday.

“Some of our young kids stepped up and made some plays,” Gardner said. “We got some good looks. Everything from here on out, we're trying to improve.

“It's nice to not have to come out and display your A game,” he said. “Sometimes, the kids don't think they need to work. Obviously we have a lot of room for improvement. We have to be willing to get there.”

Afton kicks off the season Friday night, traveling to Kiefer.

The Trojans, who beat Welch in a 21-20 thriller to win the District B-3 title in Week 9 of last season, are playing 11-man football for the first time since 2004.