LAKE CHARLES - An approaching rain storm and lightning canceled McNeese State’s football scrimmage Wednesday night after one half of play.
The Cowboys were holding their final scrimmage of camp in Cowboy Stadium in a regular game setting with fans in the stands and game officials.
There was only one score in the 15 minutes of the first half: a 1-yard plunge by tailback Andre Anderson, capping a drive that had been set up by a 34-yard run by quarterback Riley Dodge.
The defense put on the better show during the shortened workout as it held the offense to 34 yards rushing and 114 passing.
Key performers on defense were linebacker Kentrell Butler with seven tackles, cornerback Aaron Sam with a pass interception, and defensive end Desmund Lighten with three sacks.
Dodge had the top production of the offensive players with 81 net yards. He ran for 29 and he completed seven of 10 passes for 52 yards.
Cody Stroud hit on nine of 16 passes for 62 yards and one interception.
Dodge led the team in rushing with his 29 yards. Damion Dixon and Darius Carey were the top receivers, both with three catches, Dixon’s covering 30 yards and Carey’s 38.
PEVETO PLEASED WITH DEMONS’ EFFORT IN SCRIMMAGE: In Natchitoches, the stats were modest in Northwestern State’s final preseason football scrimmage Wednesday night at Turpin Stadium, but the effort was outstanding, coach Bradley Dale Peveto said.
“We were playing touch football on the ball carriers from scrimmage. No point in risking anything at this stage. We are where we need to be,” he said. “I saw great effort in every phase, a lot of enthusiasm and awareness.
“We were crisp on offense and flying to the ball on defense, and really getting after it on special teams.”
In the 90-play scrimmage that took less than 80 minutes to stage, the Demons ran 28 special teams snaps, including 12 kickoffs.
Fourteen runners touched the ball, led by sophomore tailback Rumeall Morris (five carries, 12 yards).
The offense totaled 195 yards on 62 snaps.
Junior quarterback Paul Harris threw touchdowns of 9 yards to sophomore tight end Tucker Nims and 1-yard to junior receiver Clifton Brown.
Senior tailback Sterling Endsley had a 3-yard touchdown run, and freshman cornerback Keenan Jackson scored on a 4-yard interception return.
Defensive linemen Ricky Issac and Deon Simon recorded safeties.
Junior kicker John Shaughnessy drilled field goals of 35 and 36 yards, and had a 50-yarder bang into the crossbar and bounce back.