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SCC’s Monica conducting practice sure sign of spring’s arrival

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  • George Becnel
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  • May 09, 2017 - 10:24am

Justin Dumas (1), who will be a sophomore in the fall, gets ready to deliver a pass in front of the watchful eye St. Charles coach Frank Monica at Monday's practice session.

April showers, May flowers and Frank Monica conducting practice as a high school football coach are sure signs that spring has arrived.

Monica and his St. Charles Catholic Comets were back at it Monday afternoon with the start of spring practice.

“We were sluggish but we threw a lot at them, so that was to be expected,” Monica assessed. “We need to correct that because we will only get eight or nine days. We are just trying to install everything. Some of the guys were here and there was some carryover but some of them weren’t.

“I think the most important thing we try to get out of spring is try to limit the amount of plays but try to see if we can execute a little bit better.”

Several key members of the football team missed the opening of drills due to their participation in the baseball playoffs. Among them are the team’s veteran quarterbacks. That left the quarterbacking chores to Justin Dumas, who will be a sophomore in the fall.

“He looked pretty decent,” Monica said of Dumas. “We were able to throw some balls out there that last year at this time we couldn’t do. When he can execute a little bit 22 guys can play. If you are sloppy in the backfield, the 11 on defense can’t get any reads and the offense is not learning anything. He will be a good hand for us in the future.”

As always with Monica, who first became a high school head coach in 1976 and spent 12 years as an assistant at Tulane, his team still has a long way to go.

“We are not ready for prime time. We are forcing the spring game and we will not be totally ready. With eight or nine practices, you can’t be a complete team,” the St. Charles coach said.

As spring practice proceeds, the veteran coach said he expects the focus of his team to increase.

“I told them complacency is your enemy. Every day we need to get a little bit better than we are,” Monica said.

Practice for this week continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The baseball players are expected to return for football drills next week. The Comets host Terrebonne in a spring game May 18.

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