The William Byrd football team will have their final tune-up before the regular season this Friday
night when they host Rockbridge County at Vinton’s Patterson Stadium. This will be a benefit game
beginning at 7 pm and played like a real game with the possible exception of kicking situations.
“We want to get everyone playing time, and work on cleaning up the mistakes we made last week,”
said Byrd coach Brad Lutz. “Hosting a benefit game for our second scrimmage also allows us to structure
our week like a game week. This includes our practice structure and our game day routine. That is valuable
going into our first game.”
Last Friday the Terriers hosted a controlled scrimmage for their first of two preseason events.
Glenvar was the opponent and the Terriers looked sharp for so early in the season.
“Our coaches were pleased with our first scrimmage,” said Lutz. “Our players were physical on both
sides of the ball, and we tackled well. We still have a lot to work on, but we were happy with how our
players performed. Our team has worked very hard during the off-season, and it was fun to see their hard
work starting to pay off.”
While the score will be kept on the board this week, the Byrd coaches are more concerned with
working on aspects of their game rather than putting more points on the board than the Wildcats.
“Offensively, we are still installing parts of our offense, so we want to use the benefit game to work
on a few of the new installments and get it on film so we can evaluate our progress,” said Lutz.
“Defensively, we want to continue to tackle well and play great team defense. Rockbridge County High
School has a great tradition of football, so we are looking forward to playing them in front of another great
The Terriers will open the regular season at home on August 25 against Liberty High of Bedford.