McNeese Football holds first scrimmage of Spring

McNeese Football Scrimmage

From McNeese SID Matt Bonnette:

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese ended the first two weeks of spring practice with its first scrimmage of the slate and both the offense and defense could say they had the upper hand.

Offensively, the Cowboys' three units combined to rack up 552 total yards with six touchdowns. Meanwhile, the defensive units intercepted three passes and totaled seven sacks.

"At times it was really good but at times it was a little sloppy at times," said coach Matt Viator. "I thought both sides did some good things. Defensively we started out pretty good. In the middle the offense really started to move it. (Quarterback) Cody Stroud really got hot there for a while and Leon Blouin came in and did some really good things. Then the defense came back at the end and played pretty good."

Stroud ran with the first offensive unit the first two series then the second unit in the final series. Series were broken down to 12 plays working from the 25 yard line going long, then 12 plays from the 50-yard line, and 12 more plays from the 25 going in.

Stroud completed 12 of 19 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns but it was his play in the second series where he began to heat up. During that sequence of plays, he completed 8 of 9, including eight straight completions, for 120 yards and two tds. He started things off with a 50-yard td strike to Ernest Celestie when he hit Celestie on a slant route.

Later in the series, Stroud connected with Wes Briscoe on a 6-yard strike for the second touchdown of the sequence.

Blouin completed 5 of 10 passes for 100 yards and a score and also ran for 65 yards on three carries and a td. Blouin ran with the No. 3 offense in the first sequence but moved to the No. 2 unit in the second sequence.

The first score of the day belonged to Jared Williams who scored on a 66-yard scamper on the third play of the No. 3 offense's first sequence. Three plays later Blouin ran it in from 56 yards out for the day's second touchdown.

Tyler Bolfing completed 6 of 10 passes for 37 yards with a touchdown in running sequences with both the No. 1 and No. 2 offensive units.

"We wanted to try to give everybody a chance to get in with the different units," said Viator. "We played a lot of running backs. That's what scrimmages are about is trying to get guys in position to see if they can make plays."

Williams led all rushers with 79 yards on seven carries. First team tailback Marcus Wiltz picked up 60 yards on five carries and had back-to-back rushes of 17 and 26 yards on the second and third plays of the scrimmage.

Newcomer Jontrey Tillman added 34 yards on eight carries while fellow newcomer David Bush caught two passes for 24 yards.

"It thought David Bush looked good and Jontrey made a few plays. I'll have to watch the tape on the defense. I don't know if we threw a lot of balls towards Nic Jacobs' way but he's been doing really good in practice. I think they're all going to help us for sure."

Ryan Bronson led the defensive unit with four tackles to go along with an interception while Terence Cahee added three stops and an interception. Llivingston Hamilton also had an interception while Cameron Smith led the defense with two sacks.

The Cowboys will take next week off for spring break but will return to the practice field on April 2. The next scrimmage will take place on Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. in Cowboy Stadium while the annual Blue-Gold spring game is slated for 1 p.m. on April 13.