Fontenot pleased with Gents performance in scrimmage
CROWLEY – The way Josh Fontenot saw it, the good wasn’t as good as he had hoped, but it certainly outweighed the bad Friday in his Crowley Gents’ scrimmage against the St. Louis Saints.
“I think we can take a lot of positives out of tonight,” said Fontenot after watching his team go through a traditional scrimmage before wrapping up with a 12-minute live quarter.
“Overall, I am pleased: we competed for sure and that (St. Louis) is a team that is well coached and they execute some things well. We played together, we played physical and we played intense - all the things we were looking for.”
Fontenot had plenty of reasons to be pleased.
One occurred early when his first team offense scored on its second drive of its first series.
The Gents’ first drive was halted largely to back-to-back illegal procedure penalties.
But the second drive was near perfect with the Gents doing exactly what Fontenot had preached — being efficient.
The Gents ran the ball five times and completed three passes during the 70-yard drive that was capped by an 8-yard touchdown scamper by Ty’Von Griffin. Both Griffin and Bryston Domino had 15-yard receptions during the drive.
“The first drive, we get a first down and then we kind of shoot ourselves in the foot,” said Fontenot. “And then the next drive, we go eight plays and score. That’s what we were looking for.
“We had some good completions and our backs really ran well tonight. And our offensive line was a lot more aggressive tonight.”
The Gents’ defense followed up the offensive performance with a stellar effort of its own.
The unit limited St. Louis to just nine yards in 14 plays on the Saints’ first offensive series. Ja’Juan Delco logged a sack during the series and Curtis Broxton forced a fumble that was recovered by Tiron Foreman.
The Saints managed to break off a 36-yard run on a bootleg two plays before fumbling at the CHS 46.
“Our defense came out and played the way we have been wanting them to play,” said Fontenot of the first series. “They just really played shutout ball. We gave up a big play, we’ve got to work on that, but, all in all, I thought the defense was pretty good.”
Unfortunately, the tempo slowed on the next series for both the Gents’ offensive and defensive units.
Offensively, the Gents’ second series saw them muster just 50 yards and two first downs on 16 plays.
“We kind of stuck it to them on that first series and I think their intensity level picked up the second time around,” said Fontenot of St. Louis’ defense. “The bad thing is that I don’t think we matched it (intensity level) as much as we needed to. We did not match their intensity in the second set and that’s something that we have to work on.”
On the other side of the ball, Fontenot’s squad gave up an 11-play, 70-yard drive that resulted in a 40-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and- 23.
“I’m just glad that the big play happened tonight,” said Fontenot of the 40-yard touchdown pass. “You’re fourth and 20-something, everybody knows what’s coming.
“But I can live with that mistake in a scrimmage and I guarantee that kid who got beat will never let that happen again.”
There were a few positives for the Gents in St. Louis’ second offensive series, however.
Ryan Girard had a sack for minus eight yards on third down the play before the home run ball and Delco picked up a fumble in the first drive of the series.
Jacq’Co Price also had a highlight reel play while running quarterback with the second team. Price, a starting wide receiver with the first unit, ran a keep around the end and outran St. Louis’ entire defense 68 yards for a touchdown.
“Jacq’Co is the fastest guy on this team,” said Fontenot of Price. “It’s good to know we take him and put him in there and he can do some things. You’re going to also see him get the ball more in the screen game. We have to get him the ball more in space and we’re going to.”
In the live quarter, the Gents started out on a high note when sophomore safety Alex Ashby picked off a pass on the first play to give the Gents good field position at their own 48. Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalize and turned the ball over on downs.
After a St. Louis punt pinned the Gents at their own 10-yard line, the Saints came up with a big play and forced a fumble at the 9.
It took just one play to get the Saints on the board when they ran a quarterback keeper from nine yards out.
St. Louis returned the favor on their next series when Crowley’s Kaj LeMaire recovered a fumble at the Saints’ 14 yard line with 3:36 remaining. Five plays later, Griffen scored from two yards out for his second touchdown of the evening.
“I was pleased with what I saw tonight,” said Fontenot. “We gave up a few big plays here and there, but we responded well. It wasn’t perfect, but we’ll look at the film and go from there.”
The Gents return to action Thursday when they travel to Rayne for the Acadia Parish Jamboree at Rayne High School. CHS takes on Church Point at 6:30 p.m. while the host Wolves face Iota in the nightcap.