Unlike most River Parish football teams, the Lutcher Bulldogs opted to end spring practice with an intra-squad scrimmage Thursday rather than face an opponent.
“What it did is it gave us time to teach,” Lutcher coach Dwain Jenkins said of no spring game. “What we were able to do on Monday and Tuesday was really slow down and not have to prepare for somebody. We were able to go in and make corrections that you made and really just kind of focus on ourselves.”
What the Bulldogs were able to do on Thursday was work on situations they hadn’t experienced much during spring drills.
“We wanted to get things on film and what we did was we counted the snaps we had coming into our last day and the situational scrimmage was based on those situations we hadn’t been in yet in any of our live looks,” Jenkins explained. “We did that first and then we just did some work to just finish up the spring with some live looks in different situations on the field – just ball placement, starting a series backed up, the defense coming to have to defend a short field and some of those things to kind of make sure we covered everything.
“Our goal at the beginning of spring was to try to get 120 plays with our ones on ones (first-team units) competing against each other on film. I think before we started our live scrimmage, I think we were at about 104 or 105 already.”
In the live portion of the situational scrimmage, one of the big defensive highlights came on the first play of the offense’s second series of downs on an end zone interception and long return by Jamal Thomas.
“A couple of guys on defensive side really played with a high motor like Jamal Thomas and Chris Burkhalter really did a good job all spring long. Those guys really did a good job today,” said Jenkins.
Of course, the big play for the defense meant a not-so-go outcome for the offense.
“We were kind of careless with the football at quarterback and that’s something we definitely have to clean up. We made some ill-advised throws at times,” Jenkins said.
A positive for the offense came on a long drive capped on a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kolby Bourgeois to Jacoby Williams.
“The promising thing offensively is we converted a bunch of third-and-long situations kind of throughout the scrimmage in different spots,” Jenkins said.
So, it was mission accomplished this spring for the Bulldogs.
“Overall, you hope to get out of the spring with a lot of stuff on film to look at and not have any serious injuries and we were able to avoid that today,” Jenkins said.
St. Charles versus Terrebonne: The Comets were dominated by Terrebonne in spring game action Thursday in Houma.
In a format that featured the first and second teams from each school alternating possessions, St. Charles allowed Terrebonne’s first teamers to score four times while the Comets were shut out on offense.
Terrebonne scored on three of its first four possessions. Quarterback Jakhi Douglas tossed a touchdown passes to KeShawn James and Treveon Johnson while James also scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Tigers other score came late in the scrimmage, this time with James playing quarterback and tossing to Douglas.
St. Charles managed to advance into Terrebonne territory on several occasions but was unable to find the end zone.