The Thibodaux High and E.D. White Catholic football teams concluded spring practices with a scrimmage Thursday evening at Yockey Bernard Field at Harvey Peltier Stadium in Thibodaux.

Both teams found the end zone several times in the controlled portion, which pitted first and second units against each other in a series of 12 plays.

During the live 12-minute quarter, the Tigers offense scored on both of its possessions, while the Cardinals scored on one of their two drives.

“We do this scrimmage annually with E.D. White. It’s a good thing for both of us,” Tigers coach Chris Dugas said. “Defensively, we flew around and made some plays up until the end. Offensively, we kind of did what we wanted. We moved the ball up and down the field.”

“First thing, we come out injury free. That’s the most important thing in the spring,” Cardinals coach Chris Bergeron said. “I thought we did some good things. We have to get more consistent, especially on defense. We had three third down and long plays that we gave up first downs on.”

E.D. White began the live quarter going three-and-out, including quarterback Brandon Legendre getting sacked by Tiger linebacker Rolaun Richard on the first play.

But on the next Cardinal drive, they meticulously marched 70 yards in 10 plays. Aaron Arcement capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run up the middle.

“Brandon is progressing very well. He has a much better command of the offense,” Bergeron said. “He’s beginning to know not only his position but what everybody else is supposed to do, which is what you expect form a two-year starter at quarterback.”

“In the quarter, we gave up a couple of big plays. When they got the one score, we just missed some tackles,” Dugas said. “We did a good job containing Brandon. He’s a weapon; he’s dangerous. Our linebacker play was really good. Cullen Nazio on the defensive line was just unbelievable.”

Thibodaux quarterback Tyron Young (5-of-6, 122 yards, TD) was on target both Tigers possessions. First, he hit Kyren Lacey in the flat, who spun away from a defender and sprinted 37 yards for a touchdown.

On the final drive, Young completed passes of 15, 11 and 42 yards, before Feronte Miller bulldozed a yard for a touchdown.

“Tyron played a little bit of quarterback last year in spots for Demarcus (Mitchell),” Dugas explained. “He did a great job leading the team. He takes command in the huddle. The guys look at him, and they trust him. He was really efficient throwing the ball and made good decisions.”

“Obviously, with losing 10 starters on defense, we knew we were going to be young,” Bergeron said. “We’re not yet talking the same language. We have to get them coached up. It’s time for those guys to start developing and growing up a little bit.”

During the controlled portion, Thibodaux’s first-team offense found the end zone three times, while the first-team defense forced and recovered a pair of fumbles.

Conversely, E.D. White’s second-team offense scored three times on the Tigers second-team defense.

After 10 days and eight spring practices under their belts, both coaches feel good about their respective squads heading into the summer weight programs.

“We hope they now understand what it takes to be successful. Last year gave us a little taste of success. We have to be able to continue those work habits into the summer,” Bergeron said. “We have a good young group coming in, but we need to get those guys up to speed. That’s what the summer is for; that’s what 7-on-7 is for; that’s what fall camp is for.”

“We can’t be complacent. Even though we performed well here, this can’t be the best thing we did all year,” Dugas said. “The biggest thing is the summer weight room. We got to gain some strength and size. This is the youngest team I’ve ever coached. We only have 10 seniors, so this is a very underclassman heavy team. We going to have to mature very quickly.”