After four consecutive days of solid contact, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen get a chance to hit someone else tonight.
Independence (Kan.) Community College comes to Miami tonight for a 5 p.m. game-like scrimmage on the NEO practice field.
“We would like for everyone to bring their lawn chairs and plenty to drink to watch how much we've progressed in the week we've been working,” Golden Norse head coach Rob Green said. “We'll probably go at each other until about 8 p.m.
“Right now we're very pleased with the progression of our freshmen,” Green said. “We felt going into preseason that we had a good nucleus of experienced sophomores and so far they've lived up to that expectation.
“Over the past four days in full pads, our evaluation (as a coaching staff) is on going,” Green said. “Against a team like Independence, we should get a good look at our front runners at each position.”
Last season, coach Dave Ward's Independence Pirates finished sixth in the Kansas Jayhawk JUCO Conference with a 2-5 record. The Pirates posted a 3-6 overall mark.
“We are so far ahead of last year that it's unbelievable,” Green said. “I'm so excited about where we appear to be, both condition-wise and in our knowledge of what we're trying to do as a football team.
“Last year we had so many freshmen starting that it was a learning process the entire season,” Green said. “That made it tough to get any continuity on either side of the football.
“But, with 45 sophomores back, there hasn't been a whole lot of teaching going on because they know and understand our system,” Green said. “Everything as far as installation both on offense and defense has gone smoothly.
“Now we'll get a chance to see how it works in a game-like situation.”