HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University football coach Mike Lucas put his team through a brisk 90-minute workout Friday afternoon in helmets as the Lions prepared for their second scrimmage of the season Saturday in Strawberry Stadium.
It’s one of several scrimmages in the state Saturday.
In Hammond, the Lions worked primarily on special teams, putting emphasis on kickoff returns and punt blocks.
“We just polished up some things today,” Lucas said. “We worked a lot of special teams and getting ready for a scrimmage on Saturday morning.”
After the morning scrimmage, that will feature Southland Conference officials, the Lions will hold their first Kickoff Reception that begins at 6 p.m. in Twelve Oaks on the Southeastern campus. The event will give fans an opportunity to meet the football team and coaching staff. Admission is $20 with children 11 and under admitted free.
COLONELS SET FOR SECOND SCRIMMAGE: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State completed its 17th practice of the fall on Fri-day and will have its second scrimmage on Saturday morn-ing at John L. Guidry Stadium. Practice will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the scrimmage set to start at 9 a.m.
The scrimmage will be held in a similar format to last week’s, where the team worked on first down, third down and red zone situations, while also breaking up for 7-on-7 passing drills.
Following Saturday, Nicholls will take Sunday off before they begin to game plan for Evangel University. The opener is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
GREEN WAVE WANT TO PICK UP PACE: In New Orleans, Tulane approaches the end of Week 2 of preseason practice, Green Wave coach Bob Toledo decided to pick up the pace when his team hit the field for a 24-period practice in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Friday morning at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.
Tulane heads to the Louisiana Superdome for a closed practice in the morning before returning to campus for an open scrimmage in the afternoon.
WARHAWKS TO SCRIMMAGE SATURDAY: In Monroe, ULM spent its final morning of two-a-days installing its two-minute offense and defense as the Warhawks work toward their first scrimmage of the fall and the season opener at No. 5 Florida State on Sept. 3.
ULM’s Back to School Bash will be in Malone Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is free, and will include the football scrimmage, live music, a ticket give-a-way to ULM’s game at TCU and a showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” on the new high-definition video board.
DEMONS TO WRAP UP CAMP: In Natchitoches, Northwestern State wraps up preseason camp Saturday with a projected two-hour scrimmage in Turpin Stadium that coach Bradley Dale Peveto said will solidify the depth chart.
Northwestern Sate will hit the field at 5:50 p.m. with the 110-play scrimmage expected to get under way at 6:15 p.m.
Peveto said first-, second- and third-team units will get in at least 35 plays each as coaches will use the outing to settle their depth charts heading into the season. The Demons open at home on Sept. 1 against Delta State.