The Perry Bluejays football team held their annual all-team, sports drink scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 17 to prepare for the 2017 season.

While not necessary, the Bluejays asked their fans to donate sports drinks as admission into the scrimmage. Throughout the season, sports drinks will be given to the athletes during away games. As always, donations are welcome as the season goes on.

The scrimmage showed the skills that the Bluejays have been working and focusing on, in their first couple weeks of practice, in a game-like setting.

“Our focus in practice has been competing with a high level of intensity,” said co-head coach Matt Hardy. “We have placed an emphasis on developing fundamentals; blocking, tackling, footwork and understanding each player’s responsibility within our offensive and defensive schemes.”

According to Hardy, this game also helps the boys get a feel of what the upcoming games and overall season will be like.

“We wanted to see the how the kids competed in a faster, more game-like situation and have some of the inexperienced and younger players prove they can compete at the varsity level,” Hardy said.

Hardy has high hopes for his squad for the first game of the season.

“We want to see the kids compete for all four quarters,” Hardy said. “We need to execute in all three phases of the game and keep mental errors to a minimum.”

The Bluejays have their first game on Friday, Aug. 25 at North Polk at 7:30 p.m.