Lumberjacks battle Central Lafourche in spring scrimmage
By CORWIN MURRAY
PATTERSON — Only in Patterson can a spring football scrimmage nearly fill the home side of the stadium.
The Patterson Lumberjacks sparred with the Central Lafourche Trojans for more than an hour and a half Thursday.
Patterson (7-4) played a host of young players last season as 49 of 79 players on the roster were either freshmen or sophomores.
“We are starting a bunch of sophomores and juniors this year, but they’re experienced kids because they played a lot last season,” Patterson head coach Tommy Minton said. “We started 11 sophomores and three freshmen a year ago. They’re a year stronger mentally and physically. ”
The Lumberjacks’ experience showed in the scrimmage. The first team offense had big plays even after losing starting quarterback Spencer Landry to an injury on scrimmage’s third play.
“I (am) proud of the kids because they barely blinked when we lost our starting quarterback,” Minton said. “They stayed focused on what we had to do as a team.”
Junior running back Larry Turner picked up where he left off last season, ripping the Trojans’ defense for long runs, including a touchdown.
Second-team quarterback Jake LaGrange didn’t miss a beat, connecting with Deontay Jones out of the backfield for another long gainer.
The ’Jacks’ first team defense also overpowered Central Lafourche. Patterson surrendered some yardage but didn’t allow a score. Turner had an interception to end an early drive.
Patterson’s first offense scored twice while the second team scored several times. Tristen Ausama had a long, winding run for a score, while Quindon Cox caught a long pass for another.
“We showed we can make the explosive play,” Minton said. “We also had some of our younger kids step up and make big plays too, which will give us some depth.”
The scrimmage marks the end of spring practice but that’s only the beginning for the 2013 ’Jacks.
“I thought it was a good spring,” Minton said. “I think we accomplished a lot of the things we wanted to accomplish. I think we are a more physical team, and we were able to develop some depth in some areas.”
Patterson will compete in 7-on-7 drills all summer as well as the team’s weight and conditioning program.