Other than the New Orleans Saints or Tulane, Chalmette coach Jason Tucker probably couldn’t have found a better team to scrimmage Wednesday.
But that’s what these scrimmages are for: getting better.
His Chalmette team will take on nationally ranked Warren Easton at 6 p.m. at Pan Am Stadium in one of several scrimmages in the area that will be played Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
“We aren’t trying to game plan per se,” said Tucker, entering his eighth season at Chalmette. “We use this to evaluate our kids playing against someone else besides us. At this point our kids have had the pads on for a few days, and they are now ready to see somebody else. You get under the lights, and it doesn’t count as a win or a loss so I think it’s a good thing.”
Chalmette finished 3-7 last season, but ended the season on a good note winning two of its last three games.
Tucker would like nothing more than to see some of that momentum from last season carry over into the 2014 season for his senior-laden team.
“We should be strong on the offensive and defensive line,” Tucker said. “Easton has a good offensive and defensive line as well. They are big and physical so we want to see how we match up. They are a good quality football program. Coach (Tony) Hull does a great job, and they are talented so it will be a good measuring stick for us.”
Most of this week’s scrimmages will use the same format: a controlled scrimmage to start, followed by a quarter played much like a normal game.
Chalmette competes in District 8-5A with Bonnabel, Grace King, Helen Cox, John Ehret, Higgins and West Jefferson.
“A lot of the teams in our district are a lot like Warren Easton in some ways,” Tucker said. “They run the spread, and they are big up front. Teams in our district have some good athletes as well so it will give us a chance to see where we are.”
Chalmette will be led this season on offense by tailback Connor Lambert and center Zeke Kersey, while the defense will be led by Jalin Scott.
Teams will compete in jamborees next week, and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s regular season begin on Sept. 5