Gents, Dogs set for Jamboree action
CROWLEY – The final dress rehearsal prior to the kickoff of the 2010 prep football regular season for the Crowley Gents and the Iota Bulldogs will take place this evening when both teams participate in the second day of the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree in Kaplan.
The Gents will be in action first, taking on the Erath Bobcats at 7 o’clock. Iota squares off with Kaplan at 8:30.
“The jamboree gives us a chance to see game conditions, which we haven’t seen since last year,” said Crowley High coach Tommy Tate, who led the Gents to a District 4-AAA runnerup finish and a second- round playoff appearance in 2009. “We need this. It gives us an opportunity to play with a game clock, which we don’t get to do in the scrimmage; a chance to work on communication on the sidelines, and a chance to get used to the speed of the game. With this, you start to get the feel of a real game.”
Unlike last week’s scrimmages, the jamboree will be played just like a regular-season game with the exception being there will be two 15-minute halves instead of four 12-minute quarters. What will also differ from the scrimmages will be the fact that the special teams will come into to play.
“We’ll get a chance to work on getting our personnel off and on the field, especially the special teams which is always a concern,” said Tate. “And this week, turnovers and the special teams will create field position which you don’t get to see in scrimmages.
“We are looking at building on positives from last week and correcting what we need to correct to become a better football team each week. This gives us an opportunity to see where we are at as a football team before we open up week one.”
Tate’s squad will be up against an Erath team that posted a 3-7 record last year and returns a number of starters on both sides of the ball. The Bobcats run a triple option offensive attack, similar to the one Crowley saw in their playoff loss to Parkview last season.
“We have seen the triple option before and teams that run that usually execute pretty well,” said Tate. “Things are going to happen a lot faster for our defense out there.
“They (Erath) return a lot of players. They have two pretty good wing backs and their defense plays really good, sound team defense.”
For Marcus LeJeune and his Iota Bulldogs, Kaplan will be a familiar foe.
The Bulldogs and the Pirates hooked up last Friday in Eunice during a 15-play three-way scrimmage. Neither team was able to score during the practice when their first teams were on the field.
“We were pleased with our play last week,” said LeJeune of their scrimmage in which his first team defense didn’t allow a touchdown in two 15-play series with Eunice and Kaplan.
“Going against Eunice and Kaplan, they show you your weak spots. You can’t get away with anything, you have to work hard on offense and on defense, you have to play hard to stop them. We played hard, which is what we were looking for. We’re just looking to improve from there.
“This is the last test to get some live work in, special teams included so it’s a good way to kickoff football season.”