The William Byrd football team will take on Rockbridge County in their final tune-up for the regular season this Friday night. Game time is 7 pm at Patterson Stadium in Vinton.
This will be a “Benefit Game,” with an admission charge. The two teams and the VHSL will split the take and the game will be played just like a regular game, with the possible exception of some special teams.
The Terriers scrimmaged at Glenvar last Friday night. A thunderstorm delayed the action for about an hour and a half but the scrimmage finally got underway around 8 pm and both teams got in some good work.
“We only got through stretching before we went inside, so our players hadn’t got into a rhythm yet,” said Byrd coach Brad Lutz. “Our players and coaches were excited to compete against another team, so it was worth the weather delay to practice.”
Once the scrimmage started the weather cooperated and the Byrd coaches were able to get their first look at the Terriers lining up against players in different colored uniforms. Lutz was pleased with the result.
“Our players played hard and were physical,” he said. “Our team is very young and inexperienced, but they did a good job executing on both sides of the football. With that said, we have plenty to work on and made mistakes that we will work on this week. This season we are scrimmaging two teams that won district championships last season, so our players are going to get quality reps against good teams.”
Byrd will open the regular season on August 27 with a home game against Liberty.