Scrimmages on tap for parish teams
While the weekend’s torrential rainfall seriously disrupted practice schedules, St. Martin Parish high school football teams are still working towards scrimmage action later this week.
Coach Terry Martin says that at the height of Saturday’s storm flood waters covered most of the Breaux Bridge High campus, with only the center part of the football stadium’s turtle backed playing surface still visible.
But most of the water had drained away by Monday and the Tigers were able to conduct a modified practice.
“We had some kids missing due to the flood, but we did what we could,” he said around noon on Monday.
The Tigers have managed to avoid injuries so far and Martin says his team has lots of ground to cover before the regular season opens on Sept. 2.
“We had some success in several 7-on-7 tournaments earlier this summer, but it’s a completely new game when you put on the pads and people are actually banging into your receivers and quarterback,” he adds.
As of Monday the Tigers were scheduled to host Acadiana High for a scrimmage set for 5:30 p.m. Friday. There will be an admission charge of $5 per person to help cover the cost of officials.
Martin also reminds Tiger fans that a new school board policy limits sideline personnel to team and school officials and news media. Persons not involved in the conduct of the game will not be allowed on the sidelines.
The storm shut down Cecilia’s practices through Monday and coach Dennis Skains was concerned that classes had also been cancelled for Tuesday.
“But we got through the bad weather in good shape,” he reports. “There was no standing water on either our practice field or at the stadium.”
With only one or two days of actual contact work so far, the Bulldogs remain injury free as they prepare to host Erath for a scrimmage set for 6 p.m. Friday.
“We’ll go through some situational work and finish up with a live quarter of action,” he says.
There were no flood related issues at St. Martinville Sr. High but many players living in rural areas were not able to make it in to town on Monday and coach Vincent Derouen said activities were limited to a brief meeting with the players in attendance.
The ’Ville has scheduled a scrimmage against Lafayette High at home on Friday at 6 p.m. but Derouen said LHS officials were unable to confirm the date when he spoke with them Monday.
“It looks like they’ll be out of school all week,”
he said, “so they couldn’t give us a firm answer today (Monday). If we can’t play on Friday, I’m hoping that maybe they’ll agree to come here on Saturday.
Next up after this week’s scrimmages will be the big Lafayette Kiwanis Jamboree to be held at UL’s Cajun Field on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25-26.
St. Martinville will open the action at 6 p.m. on Thursday with the Tigers clashing with the Northside Vikings.
Cecilia is scheduled to go against the Carencro Bears in Thursday’s second game.
Breaux Bridge is set for a slightly different scenario on Friday evening. The Tigers start the night off by playing one half against the St. Thomas More and a second half against Comeaux.
Watch next week’s Teche News for ticket information.