Morgan Academy running back Trevor Bates looks for daylight as Caleb Autrey blocks ahead of him during a practice earlier this month. The Senators will face Wilcox Academy and Macon East Academy on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in a jamboree game. -- Robert Hudson

Senators welcoming two squads to Selma for Jamboree game

Published 8:35pm Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Morgan Academy Senators are inviting a pair of squads to Selma to get a different look at some varied offenses and defenses.

The Senators will host Wilcox Academy and Macon East Academy Friday at 6:30 p.m. for a jamboree game.

Teams will play each other for two quarters, starting with Morgan against Wilcox at 6:30 p.m. followed by Wilcox and Macon East, then Morgan and Macon East.

Morgan Academy head football coach Bob Taylor said the game gives the Senators a chance to get experience against teams they usually wouldn’t play, as well as let’s the coaches see how they can adjust to different offenses and defenses.

“The biggest thing we’re trying to accomplish with this is going against somebody different than what we’ve been going against,” Taylor said. “It all kind of boils down to what are we going to be able to do and not be able to do going against certain folks and how we match up against people.”

Taylor added the game will give him a chance to see which players perform best in various situations and how they respond when a team changes plays on the fly.

“It gives us an opportunity to kind of grade everybody out,” Taylor said. “We had a scrimmage against somebody and now we’ve got a jamboree against two different offenses and two different defenses and we can see how we’re going to respond in a game situation if somebody changes on us. We’ll see what players can handle a certain defense or certain offense.”

Taylor said he’s also looking to get experience for his junior varsity players in the game so he can find out who can make an impact right away.

“They’re going to get a quarter. We’re going to play second team against second team a quarter,” Taylor said. “We want everybody to get a look and also work hard and that gives us a chance to grade those kids out and see who’s going to be able to help us now or if they’ve got more work to put into it.”

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