In Texas, you don’t need to wait until fall for football season. Just like their NFL counterparts, high school players can earn roster spots or climb the depth chart during offseason workouts.
Highland Park, along with most other schools in the Dallas area, will conduct spring drills in May, leading up to a spring game to showcase the team’s progress in front of fans.
The Scots will hold 12 after-school practices prior to the spring game, in accordance with UIL guidelines. The first one of those will be today. For the next three weeks, HP will practice on Monday through Wednesday, then will hold a scrimmage on Thursday.
That will lead up to the annual Blue-Gold game on May 20 at Highlander Stadium, which will include a pair of modified varsity scrimmages at 6 and 7 p.m. The events will begin with an eighth-grade 7-on-7 competition at 4 p.m., followed by a JV scrimmage at 5 p.m.
“It’s a great time for our guys to compete for positions. We hope to have a depth chart when we finish spring training,” said HP head coach Randy Allen. “We want to input our offense and defense, and work on our kicking game. It’s a fun time because there’s not the pressure of getting ready for next week’s game. Going against ourselves I think can make our team better.”
This spring might hold added importance for the Scots, who will jump to the new 6A classification next season after more than two decades as a Class 4A powerhouse.
The Scots will open fall practice on Aug. 11, and will scrimmage at Plano West on Aug. 22. HP is scheduled to start the regular season against Frisco Centennial on Aug. 30 in the Tom Landry Classic.