The Port Allen Pelicans, one week removed from their annual “Pel Hell” camp at Kings Arrow Ranch in Lumberton, Miss., made a smooth transition into the full-pad practice sessions for the 2013 season.
The Pels looked poised and ready for action during the first session, head coach Guy Blanchard.
“There’s still a lot that we’re working on, and we are a young team,” he said. “But we looked good Monday.”
Approximately 55 players dressed out for the opening day of full-pad workouts, Blanchard said.
Much of the opening day action focused on repetition of plays and honing what is already in place, he said.
“We’re young, but we’re talented,” he said. “With the repetition of those drills, we’ll also see our consistency come together.”
Port Allen had a respectable showing in the “Pel Hell” workouts at Kings Arrow Ranch.
The drills showed Blanchard pretty much what he expected.
“Some things we’re doing very well, while others need a lot of work,” he said. “Right now, we’re lacking the game experience and maturity — things we hope will come together with time.”
The Pelicans returned from camp Sunday and took a two-day break before they returned to the grind Wednesday.
The full-gear session only marked the natural progression in the practice sessions, Blanchard said.
“We had pretty much run at the same pace we ran the last week,” he said. “It’s been pretty intense since we got back from camp.”
The Pels tangle with Live Oak, Plaquemine and Northeast for a scrimmage Aug. 22 at Live Oak. Port Allen hosts Albany in the Placid Refining Jamboree Aug. 29.
MOTHER’S TEA —The ninth annual Mother’s Tea is set for 9 a.m. Saturday in the workout facility. The event is open to parents and guardians, who will get a lesson in Football 101, including techniques, rules and regulations.
Free breakfast is provided.