BB, SM wrap up spring football
Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville concluded their spring football drills last week while Cecilia wrapped up its work last night (Tuesday) with a scrimmage in Crowley.
The BB Tigers scrimmaged against the Acadiana Rams last Thursday and head coach Paul Broussard was “pretty pleased with the overall effort” from his squad, that numbered 82 youngsters.
Battling for the starting quarterback role left vacant by three-year starter Lane Landry are Drake Guidry and Kalil Burkhalter. “They both showed improvement over the start of spring practice,” says Broussard, “but they still have a way to go.”
The Bridge’s trio of returning running backs – Marquis Domonter, Edward Batiste and Joseph Williams – all ran well, according to the Tiger coach, who was also pleased with the performance of his offensive line.
The Tigers, who finished the 2013 season with a 7-4 record and a share of the District 5-4A championship, face a busy summer before gearing up for the Kiwanis Jamboree in late August.
St. Martinville opted for an intersquad Purple and Gold scrimmage last week that featured a unique scoring system that awarded a variety of points for exceptional plays.
“The final score ended up at 62-56,” said second year head coach Danny Carroll.
Jordan Papillion and Jerry Davis shared quarterbacking duties, with Davis accounting for two touchdowns. “We saw a lot of great things,” says Carroll. “We were really pleased with our young offensive line although there’s still a lot of things we need to do.”
“I think we’ve laid a great foundation to take into our summer work,” he added. “We’re looking for a much better defensive effort and we’re way ahead of where we were at this time last year.
The Tigers counted 52 players taking part in spring drills and Carroll expects to add 25 or so freshmen in the Fall. He was busy this week making visits to St. Martinville Jr. High, Parks Middle and Catahoula to talk up the Tiger program with 8th graders at those schools.
“We’re going to start our summer work on June 2,” he says, “and we’re going to be real busy.”
Carroll is confident that his team will improve on its 2013 season record of 3-7 in 2014.
Reports from Tuesday’s Cecilia-Crowley scrimmage were too late to include in this week’s issue.