Scrimmage: Beekman at Parker's Chapel, 5:30 p.m. (JV, V), at El Dorado, Arkansas
Beekman makes its 2018 debut Friday in El Dorado, Arkansas against Parker's Chapel. Starting time for the preseason scrimmage is 5:30 p.m. for the junior varsity with the varsity to follow.
Besides facing an opponent for the first time, first-year coach Joey Lee says the Tigers will be competing among themselves. At least four starting positions remain up for grabs.
"We have two kids competing at (offensive) tackle and two kids competing at tight end, and we have some reps open at cornerback and Dawg," Lee said. "Offensively and defensively, we're waiting for somebody to fill those spots."
Lee expects the secondary vacancies to be determined early on.
"We'll figure out pretty quick who's going to cover, playing against a spread team," Lee said.
Friday's scrimmage will mark the Tigers' first action against an opposing team under Lee.
"I want to see what we can do against a well-coached team," Lee said.
Inheriting a squad coming off of a winless 2017 campaign, Lee is working to instill a new mindset in the Tigers.
"We're getting the kids to adjust to a different environment," Lee said. "It's a lot different than anything they've ever done. So far, it's getting better. The kids have been getting after it."
Lee says the work the Tigers put in over the summer has made a difference in preseason camp.
"We installed so much in the summer over a short period of time. That's why we're so far ahead offensively," Lee said. "Defensively, it's the same way. We did 20 minutes of en-do every day. We've been over coverages so much they understand what's going on already."
Brock Jenkins and Brayden Spigner will direct the Tigers' veer attack. Jenkins has taken the majority of snaps with the first unit.
"Our quarterbacks have done some great things," Lee said. "Brock is being a leader in the huddle." Brayden is starting at free safety, and has been getting some reps (at quarterback) with the ones and a lot of reps with the twos."
Fullbacks Seth Meyers and Dalon Moore have stood out during preseason camp.
"The fullbacks have been awesome," Lee said.
Tailback Taron Traylor caught Lee's attention earlier this week.
"Taron had a great day at running back," Lee said following Tuesday's practice. "We're trying to keep him fresh because he starts at cornerback, too."
The Tigers' base defense is the 4-2-5.
Tackle Xavier Lewis has spearheaded the defense in preseason workouts.
"We've put Xavier on our scout defense and he's been hard for us to block," Lee said. "It's been a great thing for our offense to have to block him."
Crossing the state line again next Friday (Aug. 24), the Tigers will join D'Arbonne Woods Charter and host Crossett for a three-way scrimmage.
Beekman hosts LaSalle to start the regular season on Friday, Aug. 31.