Concluding spring football practice with a controlled scrimmage, the Destrehan and Covington coaching staffs said they liked what they saw from their teams Thursday night in Destrehan.
With the first- team offenses and defenses battling for multiple series, as well as the second team units, the scrimmage concluded with a simulated quarter in which the Wildcats outscored the Lions 14-7.
Coming off of an 11-1 season and a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals a year ago, Wildcats coach Steven Robicheaux said he liked what he saw from his squad.
“I thought we made a lot of mistakes at times (in the scrimmage),” he said. “But you expect that with a young team. Credit this team for overcoming some penalties early. The biggest thing you want to see as a coaching staff in games like this is to have your kids play hard. I think everybody who got the chance to play came out and played well. They gave a good effort. We made some plays.
“We had a lot of questions we wanted to have answered coming into this spring, and I believe we have enough film on these guys in pads to start accomplishing that. Covington is a hard-nosed team and a good opponent for us. Hopefully seeing what we did against them on film will give us some answers going into the summer.”
Plagued with injuries last season, Covington finished 6-5. Still breaking in a new quarterback in sophomore Joshua Alfaro, who played in only his fifth game Thursday night, the Lions are led by one of the state’s top Class of 2018 prospects in running back in Devin Brumfield.
“As a coach you don’t want to see your team make mistakes,” Lions coach Greg Salter said. “But we had our fair share of them tonight. We had some opportunities, and overall there were a lot of positives to build on. The main thing we take from a game like this is that we got to see some kids really step up. They have earned our trust this spring, and we will be able to hopefully count on them this fall. There are also some areas we need to improve on.
“I thought (Alfaro) continues to get better. For the most part, I thought he played really well. There were a couple of balls that sailed on him, but his reads and progressions were really good. Obviously Devin (Brumfield) does what he does. He ran his butt off with a very limited offensive line early on. I also thought we caught the ball very well.”