The Tigers held a Black and Orange scrimmage Saturday at Legacy Park. After a two-hour workout, head coach Aaron Rodney saw some positives.
"Well, I think we did some good things. I think one of the things we really need to work on with this team is mental and physical toughness.
"Early on, we were crisp, we were sharp.
"We're in a situation where a lot of guys are going to have to play both way," he noted. "We don't have the numbers of some of the schools we're playing, so one of the things we've been beating into these kids is they've got to be physically tough, they've got to be mentally tough and they've got to play hard for 48 minutes.
"We did some things good, but we've got a lot of things to clean up, and this program, we have the opportunity to be successful and I think we're on the right path for that right now.
"We've got a lot of good kids here. We don't have a lot of problems. We have a lot of good kids that are doing the right thing and want to get better and want to have some success, so as coaches, it's up to us to put them in the right positions to get them to have some success. But it's going to take a team effort, and like I said, we're going to have to play a lot of guys both ways, and we've got to work on getting mentally and physically tougher."
The Tigers have a jamboree this Friday evening at Columbia. Coach Rodney is looking forward to getting his guys ready to play.
"This will be a good jamboree for us. The last I looked at the schedule we've got three scrimmages against Burley, Fruitland and Parma, I believe, so that will be a real measuring stick of where we're at.
"Burley's a 4A team and the other two are pretty good 3A teams, so it'll be a good measuring stick of where we're at. Our goal is to get through the jamboree and have some success. If we can get some success and get these kids believing and come out of it relatively healthy, we'll do pretty good.
The jamboree is Friday evening at Columbia, with junior varsity teams starting at 4:30 p.m., and the varsity teams at 6 p.m. The Tigers will open their season at home on Aug. 24 at Tiger Field against Jerome.