Murphy runs passing drills to get ready for this week’s two scrimmages on the practice field under the hot August sun. Photo by KEVIN HENSLEY

Bulldogs set for scrimmages

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    Murphy – The Murphy High School Bulldogs will get a glimpse of the season to come this week, as they will participate in two scrimmages in three days this week.
    Picked by to win the Smoky Mountain Conference and ranked fourth in the state in the preseason polls, Murphy will be tested right off the bat.
    First up on the agenda is a trip to A.C. Reynolds tonight, to face Asheville High School in a 75-minute scrimmage. The contest will take place as part of a six-team jamboree and will start at 6:30 p.m.
    Asheville, a 3A school that often contends in the playoffs, has a new head coach in David Burdette. The Cougars will be switching this year to the spread offense from their familiar Multiple-I.
    According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville defensive end Andrew Leota has been offered a scholarship by Virginia Tech University despite being just a rising junior.
    The Cougars, who lost an opening-round playoff game in 3AA last season to Weddington, open the season with an opponent familiar to the Bulldogs, as they take on Franklin on Friday, Aug. 19.
    This Friday, the Bulldogs will once again load up to travel for a scrimmage. The journey will take Murphy to Chatsworth, Ga., to face the North Murray High School Mountaineers, who went 4-6 last year and are a 3A team in Georgia. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
    Directions to A.C. Reynolds: Take U.S. 74 East through the Nantahala Gorge toward Asheville. Get on Interstate 40 East in Waynesville and follow to Exit 53A and go right on U.S. 74 Alternate East. Follow about a half-mile to Rocket Drive and go right.
    Directions to North Murray: Follow U.S. 64/74 West into for about 48 miles past the Tennessee line. Turn left onto Old Federal Road. Go five miles, then turn left on U.S. 411 South. Travel for about 17 miles, then turn right onto Mount Carmel Church Road. North Murray High will be 2.5 miles on left.