Cook's Pios making strides

CROWLEY – Notre Dame may be just three days into the official LHSAA prep football practice period, but the Pios are already making huge strides.

Coach Lewis Cook’s squad made use of the first week of practice by getting in two seven-on-seven passing drills, taking on Acadiana in Lafayette Tuesday and cross-town rival Crowley High yesterday.

“It’s always nice to have the opportunity to do that,” said Cook of the pass drills. “We’re already out there and we’d be going against ourselves. This way, we went against Acadiana and they’re always a quality club and then to come against some good athletes right here (Crowley High). And the nice thing about today is, we drive just five minutes and get together.”

The Pios’ pass scale against Crowley was fairly evenly matched with each team scoring a few touchdowns while each squad’s defense shined with a couple of interceptions.

“Both teams handled themselves so well and it was fun,” said Cook. “Nobody was out here trying to be a world beater or a hero. All we want as staffs is to get better each day and it’s nice to have the opportunity to do that.”

Notre Dame, the defending Class AAA state champions, wrapped up summer workouts a week ago before starting August camp on Monday.

“It was a good summer,” said Cook. “The turnout was real good and everyone showed up in pretty good shape. These first three days have gone well, but it’s time to get to the pads now. We have one more day in shorts, we’ll take off Friday and we’ll come back Monday in the afternoon and we get to start wearing the shoulder pads. That will tell more.”

Cook is pleased with his team’s progress up to this point, but he stresses there is still much to accomplish before his squad’s season opener at home on Sept. 2 against Teurlings.

“We like where we are right now,” said Cook. “Last year we were a senior-junior team and now, we just don’t have quite as much experience as we’ve had in the past. But they’re trying awful hard and they’re making some strides. We’re not in a bad position right now but we do have a ways to go.”

Notre Dame will have their annual scrimmage with St. Thomas More in Lafayette on Aug. 19 before they participate in the Kiwanis Jamboree at Cajun Field on Thursday, Aug. 26 against Acadiana.

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