Pronunciation /ˈskrimij/ /ˈskrɪmɪdʒ/
A confused struggle or fight.
sometimes also scrummage, late 15c., alteration of skirmish (n.). Meaning in rugby and U.S. football dates from 1857, originally “a confused struggle between players.”
Though each scrimmage looked confused, the team’s offense knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish. The defense intended to derail their plans.