SEBRING - After thrashing Mulberry by a score of 55-7 in last Friday's Kickoff Classic, the Sebring football team opens the regular season against Lake Highland Prep tonight at Firemen's Field.
"We're looking forward to starting the season against a solid Lake Highland Prep squad," said Sebring football coach LaVaar Scott. "We played well last week against Mulberry, but that was the preseason and now the games count in the standings."
Class 5A Lake Highland Prep (Orlando) lost to Class 8A Colonial by a score of 28-20 last week, but the Highlanders have plenty of talent to work with in tonight's contest with Class 6A Sebring.
"Lake Highland Prep has a real good quarterback who can run or throw effectively," Scott said. "They can do a number of things well on offense."
The Highlanders use a spread offense and also utilize the I-formation to run the ball.
"Lake Highland Prep has some talented athletes," Scott said. "Our guys have to read their keys and follow their assignments defensively to slow down their offense. "They have to focus on doing their job and not try and do another players job."
Sebring showed it has quite an offense itself in last Friday's demolition of Mulberry with a number of talented running backs finding gaping holes in the Panther defense.
The Blue Streaks offensive line is quite formidable and the big boys up front will have their hands full trying to block a much better and bigger Highlander defensive line.
Lake Highland Prep uses a 3-4 alignment on defense and Sebring is hoping to get their backs into the secondary behind solid blocking.
"I think we can have success against any defense so long as we block the right man," Scott said. "Things happen fast up front and we have to know our assignments on every play.
"They like to walk guys up to the line of scrimmage and we'll have to make adjustments in our blocking scheme if we want to have some success running or throwing the ball."
The Blue Streaks are excited about opening the season at home in front of their fans.
"We want to come out and do our jobs," Scott said. "We made it through last week's game pretty healthy and we'll have everybody ready to go.
"We missed two practices this week because of rain, but our guys are prepared and focused on coming out and playing a complete game."
Lake Highland Prep at Sebring
Where: Firemen's Field
When: Tonight at 7 p.m.