There was an early run on defenders in the St. Charles Catholic football draft.
The Comets concluded spring practice on Tuesday afternoon with an intra-squad scrimmage in which teams were divided up via a player draft.
Drafting for the Gold team were defenders Mason Narcisse and Eli Ory. Picking for the Blue team were quarterback Justin Dumas and lineman Evan Brady.
The defensive duo of Narcisse and Ory opted to go with fellow defenders.
“It was fun to divide the team because you have talent on both sides and you have a few weak spots. We chose defense first,” Ory said.
“We are a defensive team. You know we had to get the defense ready and had to pick the good people up,” said Narcisse.
Meanwhile, Brady and Dumas had a game plan of their own.
“We went of the weak spots because Eli and Mason weren’t on defense (for the Blue), so we went and got a defensive lineman first in Moses (Clark). Other than that, we got some offensive players,” Brady explained.
“We had to take the best player that best suits to go against Mason and Eli because they are good players,” said Dumas. “We wanted to get quick guys because we know we could beat them with speed to the boundary and go deep on them a little bit. That was our strategy.”
The talent evaluators seemed to pick evenly as the scrimmage ended in a 0-0 tie.
“It had some creativity to it,” Comets coach Frank Monica said. “I think they got into it pretty good about the draft. They took it seriously about what they were going to do and there was a lot of teasing in the locker room and stuff like that.
“It was pretty even. When I first looked at the teams, I said there were good guys on this side and good guys on that side and some average guys, just a little bit of everything.”
SCC was originally slated to host Terrebonne last week in a Spring Game but with the baseball team going all the way in winning the Division II state championship, the football team had little time to practice as a full unit, thus the change to the draft.
“It wasn’t exactly what we wanted with the Spring Game but I don’t know if we would have been ready for that anyway with our baseball team going to late. I was pleased with what I saw out there,” said Monica.
An area of concern for the Hall of Fame coach was conditioning.
“I was pleased with the contact and the way they few around because we haven’t practiced with a lot of tackling,” Monica said. “It was just some one-on-one stuff.
“I wasn’t pleased with our conditioning. We don’t condition in the spring and you could tell the difference and we got real tired quickly.”
Aided by a few penalties against the Gold, the Blue squad marched the length of the field on the opening possession of the game.
On third-and-goal from the 10-yard line Dumas hit Askea Armont, who was ruled down just short of the goal line. Dumas was stopped short on a quarterback keeper on fourth down.
“The play before that, we scored. I know definitely he scored. He was in there. The second play, Mason he was right there. I give credit to them, but the play before that, we scored on that,” Dumas said.
Both squads had a pair of possessions in two halves. Before the start of the scrimmage and while the regulars took a halftime break, younger players ran a few series of plays.
On the Gold’s first possession of the second half, the Blue’s Bryce Bertucci intercepted a pass by Gold quarterback Zach Vicknair, giving the Blue the ball at the Gold’s 45-yard line.
The Gold team’s defense continued its bend-but-don’t-break philosophy when the Blue team missed a field goal.
Dumas said don’t expect to see that sort of missed opportunity from the complete Comets in the fall.
“We were divided but once we get the true offense, we will be able to score on those type of possessions,” the quarterback said.
The Gold’s squad deepest penetration seemed to come on a throw from Vicknair to Kendall Harris from the Gold’s 39 to inside the Blue’s 20. Quarterbacks were not live in the game and Vicknair was ruled dead on the play when he was touched before getting his pass away, negating the gain.
Because of the baseball team’s deep run, spring drills were a bit disjointed for the Comets.
“It was not a good spring for us,” Monica said. “We have a lot of things that we have to correct. It was not as productive as I would like to see it be. In fairness to the kids, I threw everything at them. We threw a lot of offense and a lot of defense at them.
“Hopefully, in the summertime when we do our drill work to try and correct some of the techniques. We did very little technique work and all we did was install the offense and defense. Hopefully, we can correct the techniques and we have to be better in the fall.”