Perhaps musical chairs isn't the proper analogy, but Friendship Christian football coach John McNeal kept his players hopping in Monday's scrimmage with Nashville Maplewood at Pirtle Field.
Wilson County's dean of coaches rotated both skill players and linemen on the offensive side of the ball nearly every first team snap.
"With most of our guys, I know what to expect," McNeal said. "But I've got to see some of the others on the field against another team. Getting those guys on film is a pretty big deal. Everything considered, I thought this was one of the better 'first scrimmages' we've had."
Part of the shuffle was due to injuries to a pair of returning starters -- senior slotback Ben Jamison and center Jackson Cherry.
Jamison has a knee injury that might keep him on the shelf until several weeks into the season.
Cherry has a foot issue, but is expected to be back in action in time for the Aug. 18 season-opener versus Lancaster Christian.
The Commanders and Maplewood went back and forth for better than an hour in a "modified" 10 play scrimmage.
FCS will host DeKalb County Friday for a 6:30 p.m. scrimmage.
Golden Bear tracks
Mt. Juliet High's football team will travel to Montgomery County Friday evening to take on Clarksville High in another preseason scrimmage.
Friday's event is scheduled for the newly renovated Fortera Stadium on the campus of Austin Peay State University.
Thursday of last week the Golden Bears mixed it up with Stewarts Creek High of Rutherford County and came away with a 36-14 decision.
"That score is a little misleading," said MJHS head coach Trey Perry. "Both teams substituted frequently from the second quarter on. Special teams were only partially live and were practiced mainly in the first half."
Mt. Juliet is breaking in both a new offensive coordinator in Zac White and a new quarterback in senior Cody Glass.
Glass is stepping into the role vacated by last season's Wilson County Offensive Player of the year -- Mason Earls.
WHS visits Lafayette
On Friday, Aug. 4 the Purple Tigers will travel to Lafayette to take on Macon County High in a scrimmage.