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Bulldogs make quick work of intra-squad scrimmage to close drills

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  • George Becnel
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  • May 24, 2017 - 9:16pm

Lutcher's first-team defense upends running back Daevon Adams at the goal line. Jacoby Williams scored one play later for the Bulldog offense in an intra-squad spring game.

It took longer to prepare to postgame jambalaya Wednesday than it did for Lutcher’s intra-squad scrimmage to close spring practice.

Some spring games can take longer than a regular-season game but the Bulldogs made quick work of things by finishing up their scrimmage in less than 90 minutes.

“I just thought we got enough possessions in and didn’t want to risk any injuries. Injuries happen when kids get tired. We just want to make sure we don’t lose anybody in May that will hurt us in September and October,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said.

Plans for the scrimmage included the first-team offense to take on the first-team defense, with the second units squaring off in alternate possessions in four, 10-minute quarters.

After the first two quarters and a short halftime, the teams participated in only one, 10-minute period in the second half. The first half produced six possessions each for the first and second units, so the second half was shortened to the one, 10-minute period.

“I thought we had some good situational-type things,” Jenkins said. “On that first touchdown drive, it was down in the red zone and we got a big completion from Kolby Bourgeois to Jacoby Williams to pick up a big first down. Those are plays you can see translating later on (in the regular season).”

“On the positive side on the offensive side of the ball, when you go seven total possessions and no turnovers, that’s always a positive. I guess the flipside of that is that we need to force some turnovers (on defense),” the Lutcher coach added.

In seven total possessions, the first-unit offense produced three touchdowns and a field goal. The first-unit defense came up with three spots, including a turnover on downs. The second-team offense scored one touchdown.

After the first-unit defense forced a three-and-out, the first-team offense came up with its first score off a 50-yard drive. The offense converted on fourth-and-six from the 11-yard line with a 9-yard toss from Bourgeois to Williams. Daevon Adams scampered in from 2 yards out on the next play for the touchdown.

Bourgeois is the team’s new starting quarterback, replacing Jontre Kirklin, who guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back state championships.

“He has good control of what we do offensively. He understands what we are trying to do,” Jenkins said of Bourgeois. “I think he kind of started off maybe a little shaky that first possessions and made a couple of mistakes we hadn’t seen all spring long but it’s different sometimes when you put a few more fans in the stands and you call it a game, you turn on the clock and you put referees out there. I thought he settled down and had some big completions for us. He has some things he needs to clean up but he’s trying to learn and he wants to be really good. He understands that for him to be successful he needs to distribute the ball to the guys around him.”

The first-team offense marched from its own 16-yard line before settling on a 31-yard Alec Bland field goal at the 8:58 mark of the second quarter.

The second-unit offense responded on its ensuing possession. A 36-yard tackle-breaking run by Da’Jon Brown to start the drive helped to eventually set up a 17-yard touchdown pass from Meki Patterson to Adrian Butler. Patterson, who will be a freshman in the fall, took all the snaps as the second-team quarterback due to injuries to several other potential backup quarterbacks.

“We had two older quarterbacks who were both out, junior-to-be Taitin Levet, who has missed time all spring with illness. We have Leighton Hall, who got a ton of reps for us last week and is sick this week and hadn’t practiced at all this week. He will be a sophomore. We have Sammy Piazza, another junior-to-be that was out all spring with an injury. We have some older quarterbacks and maybe could have done a few more things but the sky is limited for Meki Patterson. We think he has a chance to be real special,” Jenkins said.

The first-team offense followed with another score on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Bourgeois to Cameron Amato.

The first-unit offense got the ball back at midfield with 3:04 left in the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs when the defense forced an incomplete pass on fourth-and-8 from the 48-yard line.

Lutcher’s first-team offense used up 6:12 of its only drive in the second half, scoring on a 1-yard run by Williams to account for the final points of the game.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.