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Effective passing, jarring defense allows SCC to topple Terrebonne

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  • George Becnel
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  • May 18, 2017 - 10:36pm

St. Charles defensive lineman Gavin St. Pierre (35) brings down Terrebonne quarterback Keshawn James (2) to help force a fumble in the Comets' spring game win Thursday.

The goals for Thursday’s spring game against visiting Terrebonne seemed to work pretty well for Frank Monica and his St. Charles Comets.

“I went into the scrimmage thinking I really wanted to work on our passing game,” Monica said. “If you can’t protect it, though, it doesn’t matter if the routes are open or not. I think we protected pretty good, for the most part.”

Quarterback Lloyd Nash and receiver Darrin Blystad continually were able to take advantage of a young Terrebonne secondary. Blystad had five catches – all for at least 16 yards – for 107 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown. Nash tossed another touchdown pass to Trey Joseph and rushed for a 6-yard score as the Comets’ first until scored on four of eight possessions against Terrebonne.

“We threw the ball pretty good up the field. We think Lloyd can do that, if we have the time,” said Monica. “Normally, we probably would run (Nash) a little bit more but he has nothing to prove. We all know what he can do as far as running is concerned.”

“We are young in the secondary. We are looking around and not reading keys and not playing our zones well. Our (linebackers), we’re young there, too. We changed defenses to try and match personnel and made a lot of simple errors we need to fix,” Terrebonne coach Gary Hill said.

Meanwhile, St. Charles’ first-unit offense shut down the Tigers most of the night, allowing only a single touchdown on Terrebonne’s seventh series of the game.

Comets linebacker Dellary Oubre had an interception while defensive ends Jared Babesh and Gavin St. Pierre were constantly disruptive against Terrebonne’s offense.

“Our defensive ends are really, really sound. Our inside linebackers will be good. Dellary is a college prospect and he played like we expected him to play. He showed how physical he can be. He has the size is a big-time linebacker. Gavin St. Pierre and Jared Babesh both had excellent springs and tonight just showed their hard work paid off for them,” said Monica.

St. Charles scored on the opening possession of the game when Phillip Tran broke loose on a 48-yard run and a quick 7-0 lead for the Comets.

The Comets added a second touchdown on their third possession on a 6-yard run by Nash to lead 14-0.

The first-team units for each team each had three possessions, followed by two possessions each by the second teamers. After the pattern was repeated, the first-team units worked the final two possessions of the evening to give the starters eight possessions each.

Neither second-team units scored in the contest.

Nash hooked up with Blystad for 32 yards on second-and-long on SCC’s fifth possession among the starters to set up a 22-yard scoring connection by the duo two plays later for a 21-0 edge.

SCC’s final score came on a 14-yard touchdown strike from Nash to Trey Joseph to make it 28-0.

Terrebonne’s lone score came on its seventh possession. After a Nash fumble following a long run gave the Tigers the ball at midfield, Brennon Guidry hauled in a 24-yard desperation pass from quarterback Keshawn James down to the 1-yard line. It took three plays, but James eventually rolled to his left for the touchdown to make the final 28-7 among the starters.

A multi-sport athlete, Nash accounted for three touchdowns despite being limited to only two-and-a-half days of spring practice.

One concern Monica said he had about the spring game was not getting enough sustained drives on the ground, but that should come around after some summertime work, according to the SCC coach.

“Our philosophy in the spring was to install fast and we taught very little fundamentals,” Monica said. “Hopefully, the summertime work, we will come back and recapture the fundamentals. We tried to them the system and then come back and refine that system.  We will see if that pays off or not.

“They (the Comets) learned at least what our base stuff was as far as offense and defense and I think from now on, we will go back in the summertime and we will go back and refine that.”

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