The Minden Crimson Tide will take one step closer to opening their 2011 regular season on Saturday when they take part in the Jam at the Joe at Joe Aillet Stadium at Louisiana Tech in Ruston.
The Jam at the Joe schedule includes five games featuring 10 of North Louisiana's most exciting high school football teams. Admission is $10 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at Minden High and Minden Athletic in advance.
Jam schedule: Minden vs. Calvary Baptist @ Noon; Jonseboro-Hodge vs. Haynesville @ 2 p.m.; Cedar Creek vs. Homer @ 4 p.m.; Farmerville vs. Evangel @ 6 p.m. and Ruston vs. Loyola Prep @ 8 p.m.
Minden head coach Randy Peters has noticed a little increase in intensity from his players as the Jam approaches.
"The kids have picked it up a bit," he said. "Practices have been good this week. We've had an extra day this week, and that's allowed us to get more in. The kids are responding well."
The extra time has helped the coaches, as position battles are still up in the air.
"We're still looking for answers in some places," Peters said. "We're still looking at where everyone will be playing. We're looking at different personnel at different places, trying to find the right fit. That might take a while, hopefully we'll have it figured out by district."
Even though it's still just a jamboree, the Tide coaches will game plan for the Cavaliers.
"We'll game plan to an extent," Peters said. "You get to exchange game film with them, so you get an idea what they do offensively and defensively and you just go from there."
As far as what he wants to see from his own team, Peters said it comes down to the running game.
"We want to stop the run better on defense, and we want to run the better on offense," he said. "We need to do a better job defensive against the run than we did last week in the scrimmage at Neville."
Peters also hopes to see a big pro-Crimson Tide crowd turn up to support his team.
"I really think it's important for these youngsters to see people out there supporting them," he said. "These kids have been working hard and have big plans to have a great team for the community this year. I just know it would mean a lot to them to see the community there supporting them."