Gents blank Beau Chene
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – After nearly three weeks of practice, Crowley High coach Tommy Tate was anxious to see where his Gents were and how much they have progressed.
He got a good indication of that Friday when his squad played host to Beau Chene at the CHS practice field.
The contest was moved to the school after heavy rains soaked Gardiner Memorial Stadium for most of the day.
“The weather cooperated later in the day,” said Tate. “We thought we were going to have some problems and that’s why we moved it over to the practice field. Our game field was saturated and we didn’t want to tear it up so we moved it over here.
“But we got some good work in today. We got right at 100 snaps, 124 if you count the freshmen. It was the good, the bad and the ugly. We saw a lot of good things, but we also saw a lot of things that we can definitely improve on.”
Offensively, the positives outweighed the negatives.
Crowley scored twice during its first series of 15 plays with the first unit on the field.
The Gents mixed it up on the first series, rushing for 26 yards and passing for 44 to cap the 9-play drive.
Quarterback D’Myrus Daniels was 3-for-5 on pass attempts with one being a 20-plus yard strike to Tonori Boutte to start the drive. Troy Wilridge, Nick Hoffpauir and Daniels each provided nice runs to get down to the Beau Chene four-yard line before Daniels hit Wilridge on a touchdown strike in the corner of the end zone.
With six plays remaining, Crowley lined up on the 30-yard line and started another drive that resulted in a 13-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Kaleb Cormier.
“We had the drives and that was good to see,” said Tate. “We sustained some drives and the execution was pretty good. The offensive front did a good job, the backfield action was good and we caught the ball fairly well.”
Daniels was perfect on the second drive, completing all six of his pass attempts for 52 yards.
“D’Myrus did a good job of running the offense both running and throwing the football,” said Tate.
Crowley’s second drive with the first team offense was also productive with the Gents driving deep into Beau Chene territory. However, four incomplete passes from inside the five-yard line thwarted a potential scoring drive and then an interception inside the 30 on the following series ended a15-play drive.
“We didn’t finish a couple of drives and that is something that we can improve on,” said Tate.
Defensively, the Gents bent but didn’t break.
Beau Chene was also able to sustain a few drives but the Gators were unable to put points on the scoreboard.
“We did a good job of getting some three-and-outs,” said Tate. “They had a couple of big plays and got the ball down the field. But we kept them out of the end zone and that was big. That’s something to build on. We had some miscommunication at times and had some busted assignments at times, but for the most part, it was a good physical scrimmage.”
One thing that Tate wasn’t pleased with was the number of penalties collected by his squad. On Beau Chene’s final offensive series, the Gents were flagged three times for 30 yards.
“That’s some of the things that we can improve on,” said Tate of the penalties. “Some of them were unnecessary penalties and those are the ones we can correct.
“If we keep a good attitude and a good work ethic, we’ll get better,” said Tate. “ We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re not close to being where we need to be as a football team but we’re working on it.”
The Gents will travel to Maurice this Friday to take on North Vermilion in the third and final game of the Acadia/Vermilion Jamboree at North Vermilion High School.
North Vermilion’s jayvee will take on Gueydan at 5:30 p.m. followed by Iota and Abbeville at 7 o’clock. Crowley will take on host North Vermilion at 8:30