Gents impressive in scrimmage

CROWLEY – Crowley High’s football scrimmage against Beau Chene Friday was like most scrimmages - it had its high points and it had its low points .

“We came out with a lot of intensity early on, playing fast and playing physical, but we were playing a lot of bodies out there today and I think as the scrimmage went on we kind of lost that intensity,” said CHS coach Tommy Tate, whose scrimmage was moved from Prairie Basse to Crowley because of field conditions at Beau Chene.

“But we played a lot of plays and everybody got on the field so that’s a good thing.”

Tate’s first team defense took the field to start the workout and stymied the Gators offense in the first few series.

Beau Chene loss one yard on its first play before an incompletion set the Gators back at third and long. The Gators went to the air again on third down only to have Crowley’s Damon Malbrough come up with a diving interception to end the drive.

The Gents’ defense stepped up again on the ensuing series, holding the Gators to minus nine yards and forcing a three and out. The next series ended in a fumble recovery by Crowley’s Troy Johnson.

Beau Chene was able to mount a drive on it’s last possession, breaking a long run down to the CHS 25-yard line. The Gators scored on the next play on a play action pass.

“We created some turnovers on defense during the course of the scrimmage,” said Tate. “But we did give up a big play on their 12th play that got them into scoring territory and extended the series.”

Crowley’s offense took the field following the touchdown and was able to answer back with a 10-play 70-yard drive that was capped by a 30-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tuskani Figaro.

“Our offense came out and really had a good sustained drive,” said Tate, whose Gents were led by Figaro due to starting quarterback D’Myrus Daniels being sidelined with a minor injury. “We did some good things at the quarterback position, we did some good things running the football and I thought our kids were playing at a good tempo when the scrimmage started.”

The second team took the field next with neither squad being able to score.

Crowley’s defense did however, hold the Gators to just one first down while forcing two turnovers - an interception by Andre Mills that would have went for a touchdown had the officials not blown the play dead after the interception and a fumble recovery Ben Murphy.

The freshmen also went through a 10-play series before the first units took the field for the final time.

Crowley did manage a few first downs during their session but the Gents were unable to find the end zone.

Beau Chene capped the scrimmage with a long touchdown run.

“We needed this scrimmage,” said Tate. “Beau Chene has some big boys and they gave us some trouble up front. They have a little speed at the running back position and they did some good things. But I think we did too.

“It’s a starting point. It’s where we’ll look at the film as a staff and try to build on the positives and correct the things that need to get corrected. We’ll take where we’re at right now and, hopefully, we’ll improve next week.”

The Gents return to action on Friday evening when they take on Erath at Kaplan High School in the second of three games in the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree.

“This week we get a little dress rehearsal with the jamboree,” said Tate. “You get a lot more game type conditions with the play clock running and I think that’s something that we need.”

Kaplan’s junior varsity squad will play Gueydan in the opener at 5:30 p.m. Crowley and Erath follow at 7 before Iota squares off with Kaplan in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.

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