Vandebilt Catholic quarterback Bailey Pere throws a pass during Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage in Houma. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Houma Courier)
By Jordan Legendre, Houma Courier
With the 2014 high school football season approaching fast, the Vandebilt Catholic Terriers had a chance to brush up on a few things during an intrasquad scrimmage on Monday.
“There’s always the saying ‘never as good as it seems, never as bad as it seems,’ but I saw some really positive things on both sides of the football,” first-year Vandebilt head coach Jeremy Atwell said.
During play, the Vandebilt offense found the end zone seven times, including a scoring run by running back O’Shawn Henderson.
The Terrier defense intercepted two passes during the 62-play scrimmage.
“Early in the scrimmage, we had a hard time moving the ball,” Atwell said. “We want to play really good defense, don’t turn the ball over on offense, and make teams have to beat us, so that was encouraging to see that we didn’t turn the ball over early. We moved the ball a little bit, but the defense played really stout.”
Atwell said he was also pleased the entire team, including special teams, got a chance to impress, but improvement is still needed.
“We were five-for-six (Monday) on field goals,” Atwell said. “We even had a 35-yarder that he knocks through, so that’s promising. We left some plays out there, which is expected. We had a few turnovers on defense that we don’t come up with, and I think we had an opportunity on offense to make a few big plays that we just missed on.
Overall, Atwell said he was happy with the balance in play.
“The hard thing to do is remain even-keeled to evaluate it for what it is,” Atwell said. “If we were out here scoring touchdowns on every snap, I would be disheartened for the defense, and vice versa, if we weren’t able to move the ball, I would probably be disheartened for the offense a little bit, but I think we’re right where we need to be.”
Atwell said it was important for the players to experience the competition of a scrimmage as the season draws closer.
“In practice, everything is controlled, so they’re really not forced to think when they’re tired,” Atwell said. “Now they’re having to think through their own panting, we’re not coaching them up, we’re letting them make their own mistakes. It’s important not just to teach the schemes, both sides of the ball, but the game. I just think it’s important in the teaching process for the guys to do this.”
Atwell said the scrimmage would also help the team get into playing shape and help the coaching staff.
“We get to evaluate how far we are off,” Atwell said, “so we’ve got a long ways to go, but we’ve got two weeks to get there.”
Vandebilt opens the season on Sept. 5 with a road game against rival E.D. White Catholic.