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Brusly, Port Allen football squads set for scrimmages

Written by John Dupont on .

After weeks of battling each other, football players from Brusly and Port Allen can now take out their aggression on players from different schools.

With one week before jamborees kick off the 2014 season, Brusly entertains Broadmoor and Port Allen visits Kentwood.

Both games take place Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Panthers battle a Broadmoor program that has fought to stay afloat in competition the last several years.

The Buccaneers mustered a 4-6 record last season, with wins over Northeast, Live Oak, Walker and Belaire.

As for the Panthers, the scrimmage is a much-welcomed opportunity to get past the rigors of the first full week of pads.

“We’re looking good, even though it’s been awfully hot,” head coach Erik Willis said. “We’ve had a combination of being in school and putting on the helmets and shoulder pads, so things were a little sluggish early in the week.

“Of all five days out there, I’d say there were at least a few good days out there,” he said.

The biggest obstacle looming against Broadmoor stems from now knowing what to expect from the Bucs, Willis said.

“Last year, we played them tough but they scored a couple times on special teams,” he said. “They may be a better team … it’s hard to tell.”

PORT ALLEN – Head coach Guy Blanchard brings the Pelicans to one of the toughest schools in state Class 1A when PAHS tangles with Kentwood.

The Pelicans head into the scrimmage with several injuries, including a few on the starting lineup.

Blanchard is far from ready to push the panic button.

“It’s a great opportunity to work on our depth and get other players ready,” he said. “We’re as excited as can be.”

The opportunity to play at Kentwood also entices the team.

“You’re at Kentwood and under the water tower, one of the best football venues in Louisiana – and one known for being one of the toughest,” Blanchard said.

Practices have been solid for the Pelicans on both sides of the ball.

“We’re a little banged up, but we’re ready to go up against other players for the first time this season,” Blanchard said.

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