Mustangs run past H.L. Bourgeois


Assumption running back Dontrez Wiggins find some running room against H.L. Bourgeois during Friday's scrimmage. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)


NAPOLEONVILLE — It only took Assumption running back Dontrez Wiggins one play during Friday's scrimmage to show why the Mustangs have high hopes for this season and H.L. Bourgeois still has lots of work to do.

On Assumption's first play of the controlled scrimmage and the 12-minute quarter of live play, Wiggins burst free around the right end and galloped down the sidelines for long runs, exciting the crowd at Mustang Stadium.

"We've been known what he can do. It's just a matter of time before they caught up in the system," Mustangs head coach Anthony Paine said. "Overall, this is a step in the right direction for our team."

During the controlled portion, which featured a series of 12-play drives, each squad's first-team offense scored once.

The ground attack of Assumption pounded the Braves defensive line with junior backs Wiggins and Jimmie Wise. Mustang quarterback Traven Bernard found Jervontae Carter uncovered in the end zone on fourth-and-goal.

Meanwhile, H.L. Bourgeois used short hitch passes and stretch runs from Riyney Coleman on the outside to keep the offense moving. On fourth-and-goal, Braves receiver Chris Harris outleapt a defender for a high floater from quarterback Todd Adkins and overextended the ball across the pylon.

"Todd did a good job controlling the ball. Our backs did a good job of making plays in space with those short passes," said Braves head coach Daron Franklin. "We're looking for guys like Chris Harris to be our home run guy on deep balls."

During the 12 minutes of live play, Assumption stepped up its intensity on both sides of the ball.

On the first play of live action, Wiggins dashed 70 yards for a touchdown. It was exact same play called to begin the controlled scrimmage that Bourgeois couldn't defend.

"We lost containment on both of those instances. It's inexcusable," Franklin said. "We have to tackle better on defense."

The Braves answered on the following series. On fourth-and-3 from the 11, Adkins tossed a halfback screen to Coleman who spun off a Mustangs defender and dove into the end zone.

"Ritney is a tough guy. We're looking for big things out of him. He's a young running back with not a lot of experience. We want him to continue to stick his nose in the hole and pressing the hole so when he does get in space, he can use the speed against mismatches."

Assumption responded with an eight-play, 70 yard drive. A 27-yard run up the middle by Wise setup a 15-yard touchdown rush from Wiggins.

"We got a good 1-2 punch with those backs. If we can keep our offensive line consistent and healthy our run game looks pretty positive," Paine said. "Wiggins is a power back; he's going to run through people. Whereas Wise, he's more of a scat back. He's going to make people miss. I don't know if anybody is going to catch him in the open field."

The Mustangs defense, which has seven returning starters from last season, caused a pair of turnovers on the Braves final two possessions. First, Adkins underthrew his receiver and was intercepted by Deshawn Moland and returned to the Bourgeois 40-yard line.

On the next Braves drive, Harris gained first down yardage on a handoff but fumbled the ball and was recovered by Phillip Johnson.

"We need more turnovers," Paine said. "We were rotating a lot guys on that side to give some different looks and see who can be our main contributors every Friday night."

While both coaches liked the passion they saw from their respective teams, there plenty to improve upon before the season begins in two weeks.

"Ball security is definitely something we have to work on. We're a long way from where we want to be. The journey has started, and the kids are buying in."

"We need consistency. I want to see us make our assignments every time. Our alignment looks okay, but the execution of each play needs to be consistent.

SOUTH LAFOURCHE VS. EAST ASCENSION AND RIVERDALE

At Jefferson, South Lafourche coach Dennis Skains said he left Friday's three-way scrimmage pleased with the Tarpons' overall performance.

"I thought all the teams played well, and East Ascension has some really good athletes," Skains said. "We made some plays, and they made some plays. You are never happy in these scrimmages, but overall, it looked like it was a good situation."

Although stats were not kept in the scrimmage, the Tarpons scored several touchdowns. Skains said he was pleased with quarterback Dominic Fillinich made some big plays, and Jake Williams had more than 100 yards rushing, and Kellen Matrherne scored two touchdowns, and Justin Doucet scored on a screen pass.

South Lafourche's defense played solid, as the starting unit gave up one touchdown.

Stats were not kept at the scrimmage.

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY AT SOUTH PLAQUEMINES

At Port Sulphur, the Lions appeared to be clicking on all cylinders by outscoring South Plaquemines 49-21 on Friday.

Covenant Christian's first-team offense finished with 227 yards rushing and 57 yards passing.

Leading the Lions' rushing attack was Jordan McKay with four carries for 83 yards and two scores. Other top rushers were Lenard Calloway (six carries for 74 yards, 1 TD), Marquil Daigle (rushing TD, defensive TD) and Anthony McCoy (four rushes for 83 yards, TD). Brock Wunstell also completed 2-of-2 passes for 30 yards.

"I was very, very pleased with the way things came out," Covenant Christian coach Blyght Wunstell said. "The kids were focused and well disciplined. We made a few mistakes out there, but that's what scrimmages are all about."

The Lions' first-team defense limited South Plaquemines to 111 yards of total offense. McKay also scored a touchdown on defense.

HOUMA CHRISTIAN AT LAFAYETTE CHRISTIAN

At Lafayette, Drake Battaglia scored the Warriors' lone touchdown on 35-yard run in Friday's scrimmage.

Lafayette Christian scored four touchdowns in the scrimmage.

Stats were not kept in the scrimmage.

"Offensively, we had guys playing different positions during the scrimmage," Houma Christian coach Chuck Battaglia said. "As the scrimmage went on, they looked better and better."

Battaglia said Je’Corie Ward stood out on the defensive side.