Rise to the challenge: Green Devils too much for West Feliciana in scrimmage
PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School's offense scored a touchdown on their first play, three times in their first series of plays and six total on the day to compliment a defense that surrendered just two in a fall scrimmage against West Feliciana on Thursday evening at Andrew Canova Stadium.
"We made a lot of mistakes," Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. "We can't look at the result. You have to look at the execution.
"I thought defensively, we played real well other than giving up two big plays in the passing game. We did a real good job of stopping their run. Our offensive line had a good day except for a few technical mistakes we need to improve on. We have to do a better job protecting-wise on our waggle passes. Our quarterback got hit a few many too times."
Julius Maracalin, a 1,000-yard rusher as a sophomore, scored on the first play from scrimmage upon returning from a knee injury that kept him out down the stretch last season.
Maracalin scored three touchdowns on the day including a 15-yard catch and run from Green Devil quarterback D'Morea Wicks to compliment his opening 70-yard juant.
"We scored on the first play," Distefano said. "You missed that one."
Brandon McClay burst up the gut for a 35-yard score to cap the Green Devils' final drive of the first series. Wicks' 20-yard completions to Damien Oubre and Austin Mitchell set up each score.
D'Quincy Buggs forced an interception and Davon Godchaux and Khalil Harris each forced fumbles. Orlando "O.J." Batiste recovered a fumble. Jaron Hooks was suspended and Louis "Trey" Conerly III started at tight end in place of Joseph "Joe" Keller.
"Trey is lining up at four different positions on offense," Distefano said. "He is so versatile, he is going to be on the field somewhere."
Plaquemine was 6-5 overall last season and 4-1 in District 6-4A play to finish runners-up. The Green Devils have not won a playoff game or district title in nearly a decade.
The Green Devils host White Castle in the Plaquemine jamboree on Friday night at Andrew Canova Stadium at 7 p.m. There will be two 15-minute varsity halves. The Bulldogs defeated Plaquemine 24-7 last season.
"White Castle has some very good skill position guys," Distefano said. "They are a 1A school but they can compete with anybody.
"They have some great athletes at quarterback, running back and in the secondary and a lot of team speed so we have to bring our "A" game - that is for sure. Our game plan is to try and shut down the big play and make them drive the field. That is what we have to stop. The big play."