Tarpons, Skains get to work

South Lafourche running back Quinn Randall finds some running room against Belle Chasse in Friday's scrimmage in Galliano. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

GALLIANO — Preseason scrimmages are as old as football, but there was a lot of newness as Belle Chasse faced off against South Lafourche in Friday night's scrimmage at Ralph Pere Field.

Both teams have new head coaches, and both of them are head coaches for the first time. Dennis Skains takes over the reins for the Tarpons, and Clint Harrison is the new coach of the Cardinals.

Both men were on the Belle Chasse staff last season, Skains as defensive coordinator and Harrison leading the offense.

"It was unique," Harrison said of coaching against his old associate. "I worked with him for several years, and we played together in college. I've known him a long time. We both know what we're trying to accomplish. We're working toward the same goal for both of us."

Skains said the experience was very familiar.

"It was almost like practice", Skains said. "We're very close to (Harrison) and his family. He's a great coach and I was able to work with him, if I wanted to see something, or if he wanted to see something, we worked it out. When you get something like that, both sides benefit."

Skains' motto for the Tarpons this year is "attitude and effort." He says he saw some of both in the scrimmage.

"We saw a lot of each, but we've got to get better," Skains said. "As far as the effort from our kids, I was very, very pleased. I was pleased with their conditioning and the mental toughness, cause that's been a challenge since day one."

The scrimmage broke down into controlled and times segments. Neither team displayed a lot of offense, but there were a few highlights. Freshman running back Quinn Randall broke off a 79 run down the left side, tap dancing down the sidelines to stay in bounds and then just flat outrunning the Cardinal secondary. Unfortunately, the play was called back for an illegal block in the back.

In the timed portion, each team scored once and missed the PAT. Belle Chasse drew first blood, with a one yard run from Dylan Parker.

South Lafourche came right back when quarterback Colby Callais heaved a long pass into the waiting arms of Zaron Evans for a 45 yard gain.

Callais got the touchdown on a broken play. From the shotgun, Callais and running back Chris Berry got their lines crossed, and ran into each other. Berry hit the ground, but Callais spun out and reversed his field, going eight yards for the final score.

South Lafourche was moving the ball again when time ran out, with Callais hitting Cullen Matherne for 19 yards and then keeping it for 20.


At Gonzales, the Tigers did not score and gave up three scores in Friday's scrimmage against the Spartans.

The teams played two live quarters and had several series of the first and second units facing off against one another.

"It was a rough night for us," Terrebonne coach Gary Hill said. "We still have some work to do before our first-regular season game, but at least we have some time to get it done."


At Port Sulphur, the Lions' first-string players scored three touchdowns in Friday's scrimmage.

Quarterback Mark George scored two rushing touchdowns, and Lorenzo Barrow had a rushing touchdown. The Lions finished with 272 yards rushing and 96 yards passing.

Both teams scored three touchdowns each in the scrimmage, which featured first and second units facing off against one another.

"We started off a little shaky, and I think it was because we were nervous playing our first game in the (Louisiana High School Athletic Association)," Covenant Christian coach Blyght Wunstell said. "As the game progressed, we settled in and played well. Overall, I am very pleased with our kids because they fought hard."


At New Iberia, quarterback Daniel Achee scored the Warriors lone touchdown on a 3-yard run in Friday's scrimmage.

Highland Baptist won the scrimmage with two scores.

The scrimmage featured the first and second strings facing off against one another for a total of 36 plays.

"We did a few things good out there," Houma Christian coach Chuck Battaglia said. "Our offensive line showed improvement from last year, and we threw the ball. Defensively, we were able to swarm to the ball."