Lonoke’s Jackrabbits ended their season against Maumelle in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs last year, falling to the Hornets, 34-13.
They won’t have to wait long to see how much difference a year makes.
Doug Bost’s team will travel to Maumelle on Monday for a scrimmage with the Hornets, as they did last year in the preseason. The 6 p.m. workout, with a $5 admission, will benefit the Arkansas Activities Association’s catastrophic insurance program.
"We won’t know the format until we get there," Bost said Sunday. "We may play 10-minute quarters instead of 12, but we’ll get a lot of good work."
The best part, he said, would be the opportunity to go up against someone besides other Jackrabbits.
"Just to get some different bodies to go against," Bost said Sunday. "The kids will be excited to go and play somebody else. We’re going to treat it like a game; get it on film and then work on the things we need to work on."
He deemed last week’s work, the first in full pads, a success.
"We got some things done," he said.
He praised the efforts of three-year starters Dylan Goforth and Chandler Elmore.
"They’ve done a great job in the off-season," he said. "They’re good leaders and are having a great camp."
With school starting at Lonoke on Monday, the Jackrabbits are transitioning this week into their usual afternoon practice schedule. Bost said Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday would feature full-blown work with a shorter schedule Friday in anticipation of Monday’s scrimmage.
"Once school starts, things settle down and the kids get into a routine," he said. "They like that."
The Jackrabbits will open the season against Star City on Sept. 5.