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Port Allen prepares for annual camp in Mississippi

Written by John Dupont on .

Just as Brusly returns from its annual training, Port Allen is finalizing plans for its training camp in Lumberton, Miss.

It marks the ninth annual summer camp for the Pelicans, but preparation remains tedious.

“It’s as busy and hectic as ever,”Port Allen coach Guy Blanchard said. “We’re very excited, but we have a lot of work to do.”

The Pelicans head into the 2013 camp this week facing a situation similar to their 2011 campaign.

Junior Alex Hebert has the inside lead on the spot as starting quarterback, but he has competition. Demarcus Franklin and Josh Snow are also vying for the top spot.

It’s a situation reminiscent of the competition that ensued between Darian Claiborne, Joshua Johnson and Ricky Merritt during the ‘11 camp.

“That spot is a work in progress, so we could very well see another quarterback race,” Blanchard said. “Alex does a lot of things well, but some of the things he doesn’t do as well the others can do well.

“It all boils down to who will be the most consistent,”he said. “So far, it’s Alex.”

The coaching staff spent the last month preparing for the camp. The physical preparations — food and equipment — have gotten easier, but the other components remain a challenge.

“Now it’s more detailed in terms of what we actually do,”Blanchard said. “A lot of the time now involves detailing each day, what to address at team meetings, research and information you want to show them.

“This will be one of the top two or three most intense we’ve ever done,”Blanchard said. “It’s going to be very tough for us this year.”

In addition to the around-the-clock drills on the drawing board, the Pelicans will face two other teams at the camp —Live Oak and Plaquemine — in 7-on-7 scrimmages during the five-day camp.

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