Growing up: Port Allen pulls away from War Eagles in spring scrimmage

St. John's Hayden Hemenway and Nicholas Alexander converge on a Port Allen ballcarrier during a spring football scrimmage on Friday evening. 
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PORT ALLEN – Port Allen High School ended spring football training with a scrimmage against Port Allen on Friday afternoon at Guy Otwell Memorial Stadium.

The War Eagles advanced to the Class 1A select regionals a year ago to finish  4-8 overall and were 3-2 in District 8-1A play in coach Oliver “Crickett” Crockett’s first year at the helm of the program.

“I thought that we played physical with them,” Crockett said. “We just got overmatched a little bit. We were a little bit slower up front than they were.

“There were a lot of positives. I thought a lot of our guys did good. I am anxious to see the film and how we did against them.”

The Eagles elected to host spring practice the final two weeks allowed to compensate for the loss of about a dozen players on the baseball team that advanced to the state tournament for the second consecutive season.

“It is the sacrifice you have to make for having a good baseball program,” Crockett said. “We got in a lot of work and some freshmen in. We just need to have a good summer.”

The Eagles will continue to run out of the Spread Wing T but must find a quarterback to replace four-year starter Hunter Schnebelen. St. John had three takes snaps from under center in the scrimmage including Rene Ledet, Hayden Hemenway and Clay Payne.  

“We have to find us a quarterback,” Crockett said. “That is going to be a goal this summer. We saw some good and bad things out of our guys today.”

Running back Gavin Primeaux also returns after sparking the Eagles late in the season a year ago.

“He didn’t get a chance to break out much today because they kind of kept him bottled up but having him back is going to be a big plus for us.”

Other top returnees included Gavin Landry, Princeton Young, Collin Crockett, Willie Williams, Jace Cedotal, Koby Langlois, Peyton Voison, Nicholas Alexander, Andrew Gulotta, Dylan Temapanaro, Brennan Tyson and Matthew Miller.

The Eagles will begin a 7 on 7 league beginning June 4 to compliment their summer strength and conditioning program.

St. John opens the season hosting Brusly Sept. 4 before traveling to Episcopal and Dunham. After hosting North Vermilion and Erath, the Eagles begin District 8-1A play hosting Ascension Catholic.

Back-to-back road games at White Castle and East Iberville preceed a home date with West St. John before the finale at Ascension Christian Nov. 7.

“I think we are going to be much improved next year,” Crockett said. “If some guys grow up and we get stronger like we should this summer, we have a chance to be pretty good.”