Area football teams began scrimmaging one another Friday, doing some last-minute fine tuning before the regular season begins next weekend.
Two of those scrimmages matched Dallas' Lake Highlands and South Garland at Wildcat-Ram Stadium and Allen against Arlington Martin in Arlington.
Lake Highlands was unable to gain any momentum on either side of the ball. The Wildcats could only muster a few first downs in their first three offensive sets, never threatening to break through to the end zone.
South Garland ran the ball effectively, scoring twice on the ground in its first few offensive sets. Lake Highlands could not wrap up South Garland's speedy backs, allowing one touchdown run from 70 yards out.
South Garland also connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass for its third score.
In Arlington, Allen and Arlington Martin traded blows throughout with both teams scoring a few times apiece. Martin won the timed quarter at the end of the scrimmage, connecting on one 10-yard field goal.
"I thought we came out with some good intensity in the beginning of it and then I thought we slacked off toward the end," Allen head coach Tom Westerberg said. "We've got a young team, so we've got to make sure those guys are intense the whole game."
The top plays of the scrimmage came from Allen wide receiver Blake Boyd, who pulled down two highlight-reel catches. The first was a diving catch on a ball thrown slightly too far past Boyd that gained over 20 yards. Boyd snatched another on a later drive over a Martin defensive back who had Boyd covered well. Boyd held on to the ball after taking a big hit while still in the air.
"Blake Boyd did a great job," Westerberg said. "He was a backup for us last year and is stepping into a starring role this year and came down with some good catches today."
Check back Friday night for recaps of evening scrimmage action.