Local football teams moving closer to opener

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Jonathan Darville drops Zachary’s Kendrick Johnson in a football scrimmage at Griffin Field Friday night.

GEISMAR - One scrimmage down, one jamboree to go as St. Amant, East Ascension and Dutchtown prepare for the start of the 2008 football season.

The 10th annual M. Paul LeBlanc Memorial Jamboree is scheduled for Thursday evening at Spartan Stadium. East Ascension and Live Oak will kick off at 6 p.m. followed by Donaldsonville and Albany approximately 30 minutes afterward.

Friday, the competition moves to Denham Springs where Dutchtown will tangle with the Yellow Jackets at 6 p.m. followed by St. Amant and Walker.

Dutchtown goes into the jamboree coming off a scrimmage against Zachary Friday night at Griffin Field.

“We have to get better every day,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “The great thing about football is that it doesn’t matter who you are. The men rise to the top and if you are a man it will show. You can’t point fingers.”

Zachary capped a 16-play drive, 70-yard drive with Marcus Allen’s 4-yard touchdown run on fourth down to open the scrimmage.

“They did a good job of moving the football with a ball control drive,” Saia said. “We got to grow up. We had eight new players out there. We have to figure out how to do this. That is what I have been trying to tell people. We are a young football team. This isn’t the team that finished last year. This is a new team that has to figure out how to do it.”

Dutchtown quickly answered when Eddie Lacy hit paydirt from 25 yards a play after Kelvin York’s 25-yard gain. Grant Auzene’s kick was good but on the next possession Lacy reached for a high pass and a defender flipped him over forcing the back to watch the rest of the scrimmage from the sidelines before being carted off the field upon its conclusion.

“We went right down the field on the first series and then Eddie got banged up and that kind of shakes you up a little bit,” Saia said. “I thought we did a great job of regrouping. I thought Kelvin did a great job moving to fullback. The last drive we put together was pretty impressive.”

Eric Reid recovered a fumble to end Zachary’s drive two possessions later but the Broncos tallied another score on an 8-play drive capped by Jamazz White’s 2-yard burst.

Dutchtown would answer on its final drive when Effrem Reed broke a 40-yard score.

“We saw that the speed of the game is a lot faster than practice,” Saia said.

At East Ascension’s practice field Thursday evening, the Spartans battled Terrebonne.

“I thought our defense played very well. We looked like a team that  had seven returning starters,” East Ascension head coach John Lambert said. “I was very happy how our defensive line played and our linebackers. It took a series to get rolling but after the first series I think our defense played at about the level we expected them to play at.”

Bradley Day caught a fade pass for a touchdown from Adam Trahan, and Justin Pelle scored on a fullback trap up the middle for the Spartans.

“Offensively, I was disappointed not in our effort but in our execution,”  Lambert said. “When they got a chance to look at the film, they realized we are one player each time away from doing great things but that is what a scrimmage is about. It is seeing what your problems are and trying to fix your mistakes.”

St. Amant also traveled to scrimmage Acadiana Friday night.