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Tarpons set tone against Chalmette


South Lafourche's Dominic Pitre finds some running room in Friday's scrimmage against Chalmette. (Photo by Addie Gibbons/Correspondent)


GALLIANO — South Lafourche's performance in Friday's spring scrimmage wasn't perfect, but that didn't stop the Tarpons from dominating the Chalmette Owls.

The Tarpons' first offensive play from scrimmage went for negative yardage, which set the early tone of the scrimmage as penalties and negative plays held South Lafourche in check, but it didn't take long for the Tarpons to start making plays and getting in the end zone.

While no score was officially kept, the Tarpons got into the end zone eight times, while Chalmette scored twice in the scrimmage that was held on Ralph Pere Field at Tarpons Memorial Stadium.

South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said he saw mistakes that can be corrected, and he liked the aggressive nature his team had throughout the scrimmage.

"First of all, it is always good to see someone else. The kids have hit on each other all spring, so it is always good to hit someone else," Skains said. "This group gets excited to play football. That is what these kids are all about and it has been that way since I got here. They are always ready to play someone else, but we had a billion mistakes. We got to get a lot better if we plan on competing with the schedule we got. Just a ton of mistakes, but they are correctable, and it is things we need to get on with the kids over the summer. We are still making more mistakes than what we want, but the kids are working hard and I did see some good things also."

The controlled scrimmage consisted of 74 plays with the first- and second-string units competing against each other, and offensive drives starting at different yard marks.

South Lafourche's first score came on a screen pass from quarterback Dominic Fillinich to running back Laquindin Randle, who got behind his blocks then found a seam and exploited it on a 90-yard scoring play.

The teams kicked extra points after each score, but there was no defense on the field for each attempt.

The Tarpons defense got into the scoring act when linebacker Peyton Guidry intercepted a pass and ran it back 80 yards for a touchdown.

The Tarpons first-unit defense, led by Guidry, Mason Boudreaux and Marvel Bourgeois, constantly penetrated the Owl's offensive line coming up with several sacks and tackles for lost yardage.

"We gave (the defense) some stuff, but we still jumped offside a couple of times. I wasn't thrilled with that, but they responded under some tough situations," Skains said. "We have some guys coming back, and it is always easier for them to pick things up in the second year. We got some good senior leaders on defense, and we hope to improve over the summer."

With the second units on the field, Chalmette final got in the end zone when quarterback Dominic Creole scored on a 5-yard run.

Chalmette's second-unit offense got in end zone again when running back Thomas Nash scored on a 13-yard touchdown reception, but that would be the final score for Chalmette as South Lafourche dominated the rest of the scrimmage.

The Tarpons concluded the controlled scrimmage by scoring five times.

Fillinich scored on a 3-yard run, and that was followed by a 7-yard scoring run from Jake Williams. Second-string quarterback Harvey Allen scored on an 8-yard run, and Fillinich found Dominic Pitre on a 10-yard scoring pass.

South Lafourche capped the controlled scrimmage when Cullen Matherne scored on a 10-yard run.

After the controlled scrimmage was over, the teams played one live 12-minute quarter.

In the live quarter, South Lafourche got into the end zone for the eighth and final time when Fillinich found Tony Bailey on a 7-yard scoring pass with 5:02 on the clock.

Chalmette didn't pick up a first down during the live quarter, but Owls coach Jason Tucker said the scrimmage definitely helped his team get better.

"It was a glorified practice for us, and I think coach Skains was doing the same thing," Tucker said. "We are just trying to get our team better, and I think he is doing a good job with his team but both teams played hard."