In their last scrimmage before their jamboree next week, Trey Ragas scored a pair of touchdowns for Archbishop Shaw against the Mandeville Skippers on Thursday night.
The junior running back scored on the first possession between the first teams from 5 yards out and later added a 2-yard touchdown run on the game’s final possession.
“It took a while to get going,” Ragas said. “But once I got back into the swing of things I felt as the scrimmage progressed that I started to play better.”
Parker Orgeron hauled in a 4-yard touchdown reception and Brant Moisant had a 40-yard touchdown run for the Skippers, as both teams pushed across a pair of touchdowns with their starters on the field. Mandeville added a 7-yard touchdown run by Taron Jones when the second-team units were on the field.
Shaw coach Scott Bairnsfather was pleased at times with his team, but admitted there is still plenty to work on.
“We came out pretty well on offense and had a nice first drive,” he said. “But then we had a pair of penalties and a pair of bad decisions on the second drive of the scrimmage. That put us behind the chains, which we know we can’t do well. We didn’t recover from it.
“I think we should have executed a little better offensively. We rushed the ball pretty well, but I expect us to do it better if we want to win football games. Defensively we play hard but gave up too many big plays. We made enough mistakes to definitely keep us busy for the next couple of weeks. Hopefully as a team we learn from them and get better quickly before the season opener.”
The team’s leading rusher a year ago with 1,430 yards on 238 carries to go along with 13 touchdowns, Ragas is excited about being the Eagles’ go-to player this season.
“I have a lot of friends that I am playing against this year, and they are telling me the coaching staff says we must stop me to stop Shaw,” Ragas said. “I like that kind of pressure, and I’m working hard on becoming faster and get stronger so I can get more and more carries each game.”
Bairnsfather said his junior tailback played well Thursday night and continues to show signs of improvement.
“He was hitting the holes early well,” he said. “Then he was really looking for holes. To his credit, towards the end of the scrimmage he dropped his pads and ran very well. He had a big run called back and picked up some big first downs.”
The Eagles open the regular season against Thibodaux on Sept. 4.