Photo by Rick Holtz<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Josh Thompson (right) is the new head coach at NM.
Photo by Rick Holtz

Josh Thompson (right) is the new head coach at NM.
LAFAYETTE -- Friday night was a chance for the North Montgomery Chargers to put a little polish on the team ahead of next week's opening game.

North Montgomery traveled north for a controlled scrimmage at McCutcheon. First year head coach Josh Thompson told The Paper after the scrimmage that his team has plenty to take away from Friday's live action.

"We weren't ready to compete in the beginning," he said. Thompson said that as the scrimmage progressed his team saw improvement.

"We will look at the film," he said. "We were rotating a lot of guys in."

Thompson said that as his teams prepares for Benton Central Friday night they will need to settle on the starters and "tweak techniques."

"It's a work in progress," he said. "It's always nice to get them out in a live situation."

Junior Baylee Adams was under center for the Chargers. One of his favorite receivers Friday night was junior Alex Parsons. The duo connected on multiple passes to move the chains in the scrimmage. Junior running back Jeremy Johnson carried the ball well for North Montgomery.

The Maverick offense gave the Charger defense a workout. Senior linebacker Kobi Wray said his unit needs to pick things up in practice this week before the season opens Friday.

"We were not physically there with McCutcheon tonight," Wray said. "We need to practice harder."

The defense provided a few sparks throughout the night as they were able to cut short a few Maverick drives with timely takeaways.

North Montgomery opens the season Friday night at home when Benton Central comes to town. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.