Local high school scrimmages began Thursday as Central Catholic, Patterson and Morgan City all participated in action.
While CCHS hosted Class 4A Ellender Memorial at home, Patterson traveled to Plaquemine where they faced Plaquemine High School and West Feliciana and Morgan City hit the road to White Castle where they faced White Castle and Donaldsonville.
Berwick will conclude the local football scrimmages today when it travels to face Jeanerette at 5:30 p.m. today.
All four teams will compete in the Morgan City Jamboree next week.
Below is a recap of Thursday’s action.
Sloppy field conditions following downpours earlier Thursday make it hard for CCHS coach David Fuhrer to see how his squad truly could perform.
Because of the poor conditions, some of quarterback Josh Singleton’s throws were off, the Eagles had trouble holding onto the ball at times, and some of the Eagles’ wide receiver’s routes were off, the CCHS coach said.
On defense, Fuhrer said he thought his squad played well, though.
Fuhrer recognized that the squad still is in preseason, and his squad is not supposed to be peaking right now.
Thursday’s scrimmage featured the Eagles’ first- and second-team offensive units against those from Ellender. The squads also worked in goal line situations.
As the squad prepares for the jamboree, Fuhrer said his squad would be working on all phases of football, including blocking schemes and route running.
Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said his squad showed positive signs but need more consistency. He said his squad didn’t do a good job during Thursday’s action of finishing drives and on defense of finishing plays.
While Patterson scored 34 points against Pope John Paul II during the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s Officials’ Clinic last week, the squad, along with Plaquemine, was scoreless in their matchup, while against West Feliciana, both teams scored three touchdowns.
Going forward, Minton said he would like to see his young team improve in all areas, including the teams’ physicality, intensity and toughness. Those three things are the basis of football and will give his squad a chance to win, Minton said.
Morgan City High School coach Brandon Nowlin saw some good things from his squad but also saw areas where the squad needed to improve.
Nowlin said on defense his squad gave up one or two plays that got them in trouble, but they had a solid goal line stand from the 3-yard line.
On offense, Nowlin said his squad had some positive signs running the ball but penalties called back some good plays.
He said his squad scored three or four touchdowns in a scrimmage, including one on about a 40-yard pass.
In addition to action across the field, the squad featured a goal line period and 7-on-7 work.
As far as he knows, Nowlin said his squad came out of the scrimmage injury-free.
Looking toward the jamboree, Nowlin said he is looking for his squad to improve its consistency on offense.
“I can’t really point to one thing on offense,” he said. “I think we got to get more physical up front.”
On defense, he said his squad needs to improve on tackling, something he said comes with game experience.
Overall, he said his squad has to develop more depth.