Crowley High spring game: Gold slips past Green in overtime
CROWLEY – It may have just been a spring-ending scrimmage, but Crowley High’s Green-Gold game at Gardiner Memorial Stadium had the look and feel of a mid-season contest.
From trick plays to overtime, the matchup had it all.
“This was a great way to end spring practice,” said CHS first-year head coach Josh Fontenot. “I hope the kids enjoyed it and I hope that they saw we changed some things, especially the attitudes. That was the whole goal - to get them back playing again and get them excited again; get them back with a positive attitude and I think you saw that today.”
The excitement and the positive attitudes were definitely on display throughout the scrimmage that consisted of four 20-minute running-time quarters in which the Gold team slipped away with a 21-20 victory in overtime.
“We put them in some bad situations today,” said Fontenot. “We had some penalties, we had guys blitzing off the edge, quarterbacks getting sacked. And we weren’t getting frustrated where as we used to get in the past.
“We had some big plays called back and nobody got frustrated so I was happy with those things more than I was with anything else.”
Fontenot was also pleased with his squad’s toughness, especially late when the Green team rallied with less than a minute to go to tie the game to send it to overtime.
In the overtime period, the Gold got on the board first when Chirs Lewis slipped past defenders for an 8-yard touchdown run. Mackay Mouton’s PAT put the Gold up 21-14.
The Green team answered right back with a 4-yard touchdown run by sophomore Mike Agustus.
However, Fontenot elected to go for the two-point conversion to end the game and Andre Mills’ pass to Damon Malbrough was batted down by Chanz Moore, giving the Gold its victory.
“As far as the result of the game, obviously its fun when you go into overtime,” said Fontenot. “You had three seniors in on that play. You had a senior quarterback (Mills), a senior receiver (Malbrough) and a senior DB (Moore) and he just jumped up and made a good play.”
Malbrough and Moore, both returning starters, switched rolls on that last play. Malbrough was a starting defensive back last season while Moore was a starting receiver.
“Damon and Chanz kind of switched rolls right there and that was good,” said Fontenot. “We had to call the play in the huddle, which we don’t do anymore, because Chanz was looking at the signals. So we hit him with a little route that we haven’t used before, but he played it great.
“That’s exciting because we found another spot for Chanz so now he can help us in the secondary and Damon caught two touchdown passes today so we know he can play wideout.”
Early in the game, the Green team dominated the battle of field position, but came away at the half trailing 7-0.
The Gold team got on the board in the second quarter when Lewis broke loose for a 13-yard touchdown run. Mouton, a first year place kicker, hit his first of five PATs on the day to push the lead to 7-0.
The Green team answered late in the third quarter when Mills hit Malbrough on an 18-yard scoring strike. Mouton added the PAT to tie the game at 7-7.
Later in the third quarter, the Gold team responded with a bit of trickery.
With their backs against the wall on a third-and-long situation, Lewis took a handoff from quarterback Grant Trahan. Lewis then pitched the ball back to Trahan, who in turn fired the ball down the field and hit Moore for a 65-yard touchdown strike. Mouton, kicking for both teams, booted the PAT to give the Gold a 14-7 lead.
Despite turning the ball over late in the fourth quarter, the Green team got one more chance with under a minute to go and made the best of the opportunity.
On third-and-long, Mills broke loose for 13-yard scamper for a first down. Then with 14 seconds remaining, the veteran quarterback hooked up with Malbrough again, this time for a 70-yard scoring strike. Mouton’s PAT tied the game and sent it to overtime.
Overall, the Green team posted 289 total yards of offense (137 rushing, 152 passing) and racked up 15 first downs. The Gold team had 177 yards (74 rushing, 103 passing) and 10 first downs.
Malbrough led all receivers on the day with two catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Teyvard Moore and Kirk Poullard had two catches for 24 yards each for the Green team while Jerry Dreggion had one reception for 16 yards.
Thomas Cavell hauled in three passes for 28 yards for the Gold team. Moore had two catches for 20 yards and Lewis had one for five.
The leading rushers on the day were Lewis (9-68) for the Gold and sophomore Mike Agustus (13-79) for the Green.
“Both Chris (Lewis) and Mike (Agustus) were impressive today,” said Fontenot, whose starting running back Danny Malbrough was out with a broken collarbone. “Chris is a lot stronger than he looks and he has great speed and vision. We’re really excited about him.
“We also excited about Mike. He just needs to put on some weight. Ability wise and knowledge wise, he’s right there with Chris.”
Both quarterbacks also had their moments. Mills ran 11 times for 58 yards and completed nine passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns while Trahan picked up five yards on the ground and completed six passes for 103 yards and a score.
“Andre did great,” said Fontenot. “Naturally we took away some of his ability because we had a quick whistle on the quarterback so some of those runs, he might have broken a tackle and scored. And he threw the ball well and made some great throws with people in his face. I think when I watch the film I will be excited because it looks like he sits in there a little bit more than he did last year. And that comes with experience. He made a couple blind throws today, knowing that the route was going to be there and that was exciting to see.
“Grant also had a good day and he’s going to be a great quarterback. He is a great little athlete, he’s just missing experience. He just needs some time and needs to learn the offense a little bit better.”