A thunderstorm delayed Central Lafourche’s intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday evening by an hour.
But it didn’t dampen the Trojans football team’s eagerness when they took Nicholls State University's Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.
During the 12-minute live quarter, Central Lafourche’s first-team offense methodically moved the ball and scored three touchdowns in four drives. The Trojans first-team defense forced and recovered a fumble on the other possession.
“Overall, I thought the execution was good offensively. We got a lot of work in,” said Trojans head coach Keith Menard. “The thing is we had to see coming was how physical we could be on both sides of the ball. Offensively, we knew our strong point coming in would be our O-line and our running backs. Our defense ran to the ball well and caused turnovers.”
Returning starting quarterback Jacob Barker and running back Deon Jenkins powered the offense during the live quarter. Barker completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards, while Jenkins had 11 carries for 56 yards and three scores.
On the initial drive, the Trojans drove 70 yards in 10 plays, capped by Jenkins four-yard touchdown run.
The next possession ended swiftly when the Trojan defense forced a fumble from running back Zachary Kraemer and recovered the ball.
“We feel good with what we got defensively,” Menard said. “We had seven, eight sophomores starting last year. Now they’re all juniors, and it showed. They’re really starting to play well.”
Barker made impressive throws on the following two drives that led to touchdowns. First, he hit Janson Folse in the flat and dashed 43 yards to the one-yard line. Jenkins ran in the touchdown on the next play.
On the final possession, Barker found Peyton Loredo on a crossing route for a 54-yard completion. Three plays later, Jenkins plowed five yards for the last score.
“Jacob’s had a really nice spring. (Wednesday) he missed a couple of guys wide open, but he kept his head in the live quarter,” Menard said. “He made some nice reads all day long. Overall, he’s still learning the position.”
With the center and both guards returning, the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage throughout.
“Deon is the bell cow, but Zach is a good football player,” Menard said. “We had both of them in the backfield sometimes running the football. We excited with both of them. Running behind that O-line, they’re pretty happy too. Those two new tackles are pretty good football players, and they showed it.”
The Trojans have to replace big-play wide receivers David Robinson Jr. and Kenneth Poindexter. Menard said he believes he has some talented guys to fill those roles.
“Peyton started every game last year. Aaron Barrios is a senior who hadn’t played the last couple of years. He caught the football well, made some nice moves,” Menard said. “Janson is going to play some quarterback and wide out. Courtney Mitchel, the other receiver, he’s been a basketball kid. I think he’s going to be a pretty good football player as well. We’ve got some skilled kids. Maybe not as explosive as Robinson and Poindexter, but we got to move on.”
With 95 players participating in the scrimmage, Menard said he hopes the summer workout program will get Central Lafourche on the right track when they return for fall practices.
“Everybody had a pretty good spring. Hopefully, all of them make the summer, and we’ll be in great shape,” he said. “Any coach will tell after the spring we need to get stronger; we need to get faster. For us, we really did. Playing the teams we play, we definitely got to get some speed. We’re going to show them this film and see what we have to do to improve.”