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Crosstown rivals pleased with work at scrimmage

Thibodaux quarterback Peyton Bonvillain tries to elude the sack of E.D. White Catholic's Scottie Sanders during Tuesday's scrimmage. Sanders sacked Bonvillain on the play. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

Football coaches at E.D. White Catholic and Thibodaux High wanted to get a good assessment of their teams during Tuesday's spring scrimmage.

And the players on the two crosstown rival teams gave their coaches all they needed to see in a scrimmage held at Thibodaux High.

The two teams competed in a controlled scrimmage, which consisted of both first and second units getting 12 plays per series on the field.

The scrimmage didn't have a live quarter, but if the score counted, Thibodaux finished with six touchdowns compared to E.D. White's three.

But Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas said there were no winning or losing teams in Tuesday's scrimmage because the main focus was to see where their players were at the end of spring practices.

"It was a good finish to the spring," Dugas said. "It was good to come out here and go against somebody else and see what we look like, especially against a physical team like E.D. White. We know E.D. White is always going to be physical, so it's always a good test to go against somebody like that. I think both teams got a lot of good work in."

Although he was disappointed with his team's lack of intensity at the start of the scrimmage, E.D. White coach Kyle Lasseigne said he saw a mix of good and bad to work on.

"The key thing is I saw some things that we can correct," Lasseigne said. "We're going to start (today) correcting those things. Most of the things that happened where correctable things. That's the good aspect of spring scrimmage. Once our kids get more experience and understand those corrections and why we need to make those corrections, I think we're going to be a good football team in the fall."

Thibodaux's first-team offense didn't have any problems moving the ball down the field against E.D. White. Using a two-quarterback rotation between senior-to-be Donta Johnson and junior-to-be Peyton Bonvillain, the Tigers pounded the Cardinals with a mix of big runs and passes.

Johnson had several of the longest runs of the day, including a 56-yard touchdown. He also threw touchdowns of 15-yards to Deandre Pharagood and 70-yards to Terrence Johnson.

"I feel like I did pretty good," said Donta Johnson, who racked up 1,319 rushing yards in 2012. "The team was counting on me to make the big plays. I just tried to see what I could do. I think we did well as a team."

Other players that scored touchdowns for Thibodaux were running back Jaquan Chenier on two short runs and Bonvillain on a 10-yard keeper up the middle.

While his offense racked up touchdowns, Dugas said he was pleased with how the Tigers defense kept E.D. White's first-team offense out of the end-zone. Thibodaux intercepted five passes from new Cardinals quarterback Connor Chaisson, getting two picks from Dovonte Bibbins and one each from Chris Bryant, Andy Brown and Jake Bergeron.

"Our defense was running around the ball a lot and made a lot of plays," Dugas said. "We definitely improved from Day 1 in the spring on defense to where we are now. There was some improvement, and that's what you are looking for in the spring to see where you are starting and finishing."

E.D. White's three touchdowns came with its second-team offense on the field, as running back Jeremy Rounds found the end-zone twice on runs of 50 and 5 yards. Thomas Legendre also scored on a 10-yard run for the Cardinals.

Lasseigne said the Cardinals young players got a good test in the spring scrimmage, and he is already moving on to their regular season opener this fall.

"We start preparing for Vandebilt (today)," Lasseigne said. "That's what I told them. Let's just scratch this from our memory and get ready for Vandebilt. I think I found some people that can play, and I think the kids that have heart and really want this can influence the other kids to push as hard as them."

E.D. White junior running back Darius Charles said the Cardinals will continue to come together during summer workouts.

"We have a lot of new guys," Charles said. "We're trying to get people acquainted. I'm excited to start preparing for the fall. Everything wasn't how we wanted, but overall, we found out who wants to play and be here. The spring game got a lot of people some experience. We're finding who we need to put out there, and we're going to prepare every single day to get ready for fall."

After the scrimmage, Lasseigne said the Cardinals had injuries to running backs Dillon Pierce (concussion), Kairon Brooks (knee) and Dannon Steib (hamstring), but he added that none appeared to be serious.

Dugas said the Tigers came away injury-free during the spring game.