LAKE CHARLES - McNeese State’s football team will hold its final football scrimmage of August camp on Wednesday night in Cowboy Stadium during Cowboy Night.
But the Cowboys are banged up heading to the night.
Coach Matt Viator said freshman quarterback Will Briscoe, a former Central standout, is out indefinitely with an injury and wide receiver Reynaldo Young will take a redshirt season after he was injured last season.
Several other Cowboys will miss the scrimmage because of injuries.
Viator said the Cowboys will play a couple of 15-minute halves with warm-ups at 5:55 p.m. The scrimmage will begin at 6:25 p.m.
“We’ll be trying to refine some things,” Viator said, adding that plans were to play the first units the first half and then work other players in who are battling for positions on the team.
“We’re looking for guys who are going to be getting on the plane to go to Kansas,” Viator said.
Viator said there is still a lot of competition going on in various areas.
There will also be performances from McNeese cheerleaders, Cowgirl Kickers and McNeese’s marching band, the Pride of McNeese.
A “Back in the Saddle” party featuring country singer Jaclyn Graves will take place after the scrimmage.
Admission is free.
DEMONS TO HOLD SCRIMMAGE: In Natchitoches, Northwestern State will hold its “Season Ticket Pickup Party” Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., while the Demons hold a scrimmage at 6 p.m.
It’s the final of three preseason scrimmages for the Demons, who open the season in Turpin Stadium Sept. 1, against last season’s NCAA Division II runner-up, Delta State.
“We’ll have a Wild Demon tryout for our kickoff team with a bunch of our walk-ons and newcomers, guys who haven’t gotten a good look yet,” Demons coach Bradley Dale Peveto said in a university release. “We’ll tackle and see who shows up.”
Peveto said workout should include about 75 plays from scrimmage.
“We’ll get some good on good work, some long drives, and situational work. We’ll thud off, so it won’t be very physical. We play eight days from the end of the scrimmage. We need the tempo, the speed of the game, and we need the looks we’ll get,” he said.
The Demons will probably run 30 scrimmage plays each involving the first- and second- teams, and another 15 with the third-teamers, Peveto said.
There will be additional special teams work.