Dogs defense shines in three-way scrimmage

EUNICE – If the fans and coaches were the only indicators, the three-way scrimmage between Iota High, Eunice High and Kaplan High Friday night could have very easily been seen as a regular season game.

A group of Iota and Eunice fans were on hand to cheer on their teams and take in the scrimmage at Eunice High.

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, but according to Head Coach Marcus LeJeune, they played as expected for first game action.

“We sputtered, but that’s like that offensively in the beginning,” he said. “When you’re limited to so many plays, you want to put stuff on film to try and work on.

“You want to play good teams. You get better by playing good teams. That’s why we are in this scrimmage.”

Iota gained a total of 21 yards between their two sets of scrimmages between the three schools’ first teams. They gained 20 total yards against Eunice’s first team defense. The Dogs rushed for 22 yards, but lost 2 yards receiving.

Against Kaplan’s first team defense, the Bulldogs only gained one yard on offense. The Dogs also fumbled the ball and lost the fumble while on offense versus the Pirates.

“We had guys that were in positions for the first time,” said LeJeune. “Guys are still fighting for spots, and that’s what we’re looking to see.”

Iota’s first team defense kept both Eunice’s and Kaplan’s first team offenses off the scoreboard. The Bulldogs gave up 69 total yards to the Kaplan offense. The Pirates rushed for 50 yards on 13 carries and had one completion for 19 yards. The Bobcats gained 51 yards against Iota, all rushing yards.

“I thought we played well, once we settled in; with us holding Eunice and Kaplan out of the end zone when the first teams were out there.” said LeJeune. “I thought we had a good day defensively overall.”

When the Bulldogs’ second teams were in they scored a touchdown and allowed one. Iota’s Connor Meyer caught a 25-yard pass from Thomas Murrell. Murrell also took snaps with the first team, splitting time with starter Gavin Guidry at quarterback throughout the first team’s series. Guidry also plays as a free safety.

“Gavin’s first quarterback,” he said, “but Murrell, he didn’t play much in the spring but he did pretty good here. We’re just trying to get them both a little better.”

Guidry was one of several players seeing action on both sides of the ball. LeJeune hopes to limit the double playing over the year, but the injury bug bit the Bulldogs early this season. The injured players’ status remains uncertain going into the jamboree game next week.

“We had a few injuries today and we had a few of them that were in there so we had to go with players playing two ways,” said LeJeune. “I don’t know where it stands for next week. We’ll have to see if we get some back. That’s all we can do.”

The Bulldogs will face Kaplan again Friday, August 27 in the Acadia/Vermilion Jamboree held at Kaplan High. Their game is set for the late kickoff at 8:30 p.m. They will follow Gueydan versus Kaplan’s junior varsity team at 5:30 p.m. and Crowley versus Erath at 7 p.m.

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