DENHAM SPRINGS -- The Denham Springs High spring intra-squad game may have been the first chance for new coach Bill Conides to see his Yellow Jackets perform in game conditions, but if that was a big deal for him, he didn’t let it show.
“To me it was our 10th practice and another chance for us to get better,” he said.
“I think our kids were excited, though, to play in front of a lot of people. They seemed a little nervous at first, but I think they did well.”
What the fans saw on a hot afternoon was a team that will apparently play up-tempo.
The music from the speakers never stopped, and neither did the barrage of passes. The White team and Purple team, drafted randomly by assistant coaches Joe Ryan and Joey Jarreau, combined to run 94 plays, and only about 15 of them were running plays.
The only significant running play of the day was a 65-yard TD scamper by Purple running back Justin Anderson late in the scrimmage. Otherwise, most of the fireworks came through the air.
Returning quarterback Cameron Feucht threw touchdown passes to Phillip Earnhart and Caleb Tate for the White team. Freshman Luke Lunsford, in the first varsity action of his career, had four TD passes to four different receivers: Tyler Hoover, Leon Wilson, Hunter Scott and Ray Whitley.
Sophomore Brycen Longley rounded out the offensive scoring with a another touchdown pass to Scott.
Kyle Caltagiorone had a defensive touchdown on an interception return for the Purple team. The White defense picked off three passes, two by Tyrone Riley and one by D.J. Williams.
Other defensive players who stood out were linebackers Dorsett Washington for the Purple team and Kaleb Pipes for the Whites.
Conides said star all-around threat Tyre Golmond lined up at every skill position except quarterback. Golmond had one run over 10 yards and several shorter runs, and made a nice one-handed catch on a pass play despite being interfered with by a defensive back.
DSHS takes a break before jumping into 7-on-7 play in early June.