Green Devils grind by Livonia in spring football scrimmage
LIVONIA – Plaquemine Senior High School wrapped up spring football training with a scrimmage against Livonia on Thursday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium.
The Green Devils advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals a year ago to finish 10-3 and were District 6-4A champions outright with a 4-0 mark.
“It was a good matchup,” Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano said. “It was a very competitive and physical scrimmage. I think we both came away happy.
“It was a good team effort. I thought everybody played well and represented themselves pretty good.”
The scrimmage consisted of 15 scripted plays. During the first series, Plaquemine scored on long touchdowns runs by Jeremy Batiste (55 yards), Wayne Toussaint (47 yards) and Austin Mitchell (32 yards).
The Green Devils return quarterback D’Morea Wicks to its Wing-T offense with Louis Conerly providing depth but the departure of 2,000-yard rusher Julius Maracalin leaves a large void.
“Losing Julius and all those yards is tough,” Distefano said. “Nobody is going to take his spot. We are going to spread the ball around and have more people touch the football.”
The Green Devils do take comfort in returning all but one offensive lineman in DeMarcus Jenkins. Kevin Dotson has offers from Southern Miss, McNeese State and Southern and is joined by Kenny Dotson, Jodeci Harris and Tyler Boudreaux on the front. Joseph Keller also returns at tight end.
The Green Devils return their entire secondary to their 3-3 stack alignment in safeties Brian Jordan, Allen Riley and Cody Brooks and cornerbacks Chazz Edwards and Todd Harris. Other returnees include defensive lineman Quintrell Anderson and Trevor Jones and linebackers Malik Collins and Jalen Washington.
Key losses include linebacker Orlando Batiste and defensive lineman Justin Stewart and Khalil Harris.
“The middle of our defense is going to be inexperienced but I think we will have some talent there,” Distefano said.
The Green Devils host East Ascension to open the season Sept. 5 before traveling to rival Brusly, Woodlawn - B. R. and Jennings.
Plaquemine then hosts Southern Lab Oct. 3 before traveling to Zachary.
District 6-4A play begins Oct. 17 at Belaire before hosting Lutcher. Plaquemine wraps up the regular season hosting Tara Nov. 7 after traveling to St. Michael the Archangel.
“The schedule is the same,” Distefano said. “It is going to be tough. I am hoping we can go further than what we did last year but we have a long way to go.
“If we stay healthy, we are going to have a good year. We just have to take it one day at a time. I was real happy with our incoming group and hopefully they can develop us some depth.”
Plaquemine will participate in a summer strength and conditioning program and compete in 7 on 7.