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Football: Cajuns Put On Show In Vermilion & White Spring Finale
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LAFAYETTE - It's Zea's for the White team, and white bread with beans for the Vermilion team as White beat Vermilion, 81-51, in the 2018 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football Vermilion & White Spring Finale played Saturday afternoon on Cajun Field.
Sophomore quarterback Levi Lewis was on fire all game long, throwing for 275 yards and two touchdowns while going 14-for-22, including completing a game long 75-yard pass. Junior wide receiver Ja'Marcus Bradley led the game in receiving with five catches for 96 yards, and senior running back Lenard Calloway finished with a game-high 66 yards rushing on 17 carries, scoring three touchdowns in the process to help lead the White team to victory.
On the Vermilion team, senior quarterback Jordan Davis led the team in passing with 117 yards, completing 9-of-13 pass attempts and throwing one touchdown pass. On the ground, junior running back Ashton Johnson finished with a team-high 39 yards on 11 carries.
HALFTIME SCHOLARSHIPS: During halftime, four student-athletes received scholarships for the hard work they've put into the Ragin' Cajuns Football program. Johnson, junior defensive back Deuce Wallace, senior linebacker Chaiziere Malbrue and sophomore wide receiver Jalen Williams were each rewarded for their dedication to the Cajuns program.
SCORING THE GAME: A touchdown gave the scoring team six points; a turnover was three points and a field goal resulted in the normal three points.
When the defense held the offense to a three-and-out it got a point; a converted extra point was one point and any red zone stops resulted in one point for the defense. The scoring system for the "Game Changers" portion was simple, in each individual matchup whoever won scored their team one point.
The situational drills, that finished the day were scored, as well. During the first down drills when the offense got four or more yards, that team received a point, but if the defense holds them to under four yards, the defensive team earned a point. On third down, if the offense converted they got one point and a stop from the defense got them one point.
HOW IT HAPPENED (SCRIMMAGE): After warming up with individual position drills and 7-on-7 drills, the Cajuns spilt up into respective Vermilion and White teams, and a 70-minute running clock was thrown on the board to get things started. The Vermilion team got the ball first after winning the coin toss, and off they went.
The Vermilion team failed to score on the first possession and gave the ball to the White team who went 90 yards in nine plays, capped off by Calloway's 28-yard touchdown run to get on the board first. Vermilion answered the White team touchdown with a 20-yard field goal from senior Stevie Artigue.
But the next four scores would come from the White team, with Clyefer Bass scoring the next two touchdowns, an eight-yard run and one-yard run, the one-yard TD run capped off an eight play 78-yard drive. Senior kicker Calvin Linden nailed a 29-yard field goal and Calloway scored his second touchdown of the game with 5-yard run at the end of an 11-play, 78-yard drive.
The Vermilion team did get the final touchdown of the full scrimmage portion, when Davis connected with sophomore tight end Chase Rogers for an 11-yard touchdown.
GAMECHANGERS CLOSED THE GAP: The White team had a solid lead on the Vermilion team heading into the final 10 minutes of first half action, but the "Game Changers" portion of the scrimmage allowed for the Vermilion team to close the gap on the White team before the two teams took a break.
IT ALL WRAPPED UP SITUATIONALLY: The day wrapped up with situation drills, with both teams trading possessions after several reps running first down and third down plays. The two groups then moved into the red zone where once again the White team dominated.
Calloway (3-yard run) and Williams (7-yard pass) each scored inside the red zone as the White team padded its lead. Head coach Billy Napier then moved the ball down to the white 25-yard line, where the White team began two-minute drills.
Lewis then wasted no time, connecting with sophomore Kadon Harrison for a 75-yard touchdown pass to end the scrimmage in style.
SPRING AWARDS: After the day was over the team handed out 44 awards to the members of the team that stood out during the spring practice.
The Jeff Mitchell Headhunter Award: Jarrod Jackson, Kordell Brewster, Trey Ragas and Lorenzo McCaskill.
The Cardel Randel "I Like to Practice" Award: Caden Cunningham, Koa Haynes, Ashton Johnson and Tanner Wiggins
Chris Gannon Defensive Lineman Award: Zi'Yon Hill and Garrald McDowell
The Gerald Broussard Offensive Lineman Award: Robert Hunt
The Orlando Thomas Defensive Back Award: Terik Miller
The Brian Mitchell Offensive Back Award: Raymond Calais and Jordan Davis
The Brandon Stokely Receiver Award: Earnest Patterson
The Theron "Mo" Harris Linebacker Award: Jacques Boudreaux
The Charles Peanut Tillman Community Service Award: Adrian Goodacre and Kamar Greenhouse
The Huge Fisher Outstanding Non-Scholarship Player Award: Alex Allen, Errol Brown, Lenard Calloway, David Hudson, Pat Hughes, Kenan Jones, Terrence Jones and Jourdon Quibodeaux
Tyrell Fenroy Most Improved Freshman Award: SchDarren Archie, Kendall Baker, Kadon Harrison, Levi Lewis and Chase Rogers
The Jake Delhomme Most Improved Player Award: Tra'Vontae Booker, Kendall Johnson, Rico Robinson, Jalen Williams and Andre Nunez
The Mike Neustrom Leadership Award: Keenan Barnes, Ja'Marcus Bradley, LaDarrius Kidd and Deuce Wallace
Christian "Red" Cagle Commitment to Excellence Award: Kevin Dotson, Michael Jacquet, Ken Marks and Corey Turner
(Head Coach Billy Napier):
"We wanted competition throughout the spring and got just that and I'm impressed by our team. The four scholarship guys showed out through spring and the entire offseason and earned their scholarships. They're exactly what we want out of the entire team and organization and the rest of team know's what those guys are all about. We've seen progress in Levi as a dropback passer and he's getting more comfortable with the system. I thought that the White team front seven did well today, while the Red team seemed to struggle on the ground against the White team. I'd like to see more production from that position as we get more guys healthy."
Ja'Marcus Bradley, Jr., WR
On Possibilities for the Offense:
"We've got a lot of weapons so the possibilities are sky high for us in the fall. Our defense played well which shows how our offense has grown and is ready to go in the fall."
On QB Play:
"They were all impressive today, Levi [Lewis] missed a couple passed but he called himself on it right away. Overall we had exceptional QB play today."
On Playing With Levi Lewis:
"I'm really comfortable playing with Levi. But for me I get a good feeling with any of our quarterbacks and I know I can go out and play with any of those guys throwing me the ball."
Michael Jacquet, Jr., CB/WR
On playing both ways:
"It's a real blessing to have the chance to do that and showcase my abilities. Corner requires more technique but I feel as though I'm ready to learn it and get better. I'm just really happy that coaches are giving him this opportunity and I'm excited to get the chance."
On Where The Idea of Playing Corner Came From:
"The coaches noticed my ability to hold the gunner on punt coverage so they decided to try me at DB. During the first day of practice I had an INT on first day and I've been playing the position since that day."
On QB Play From A Defensive Perspective:
"They all have strong and weak points, each has own special ability that separates them from one another. Jordan [Davis] is always looking to make a big play, either with his arm or legs. Andre [Nunez] is a game manager and he's a precision passer, while Levi will make a play with the ball in his hands. I think we're in good position with any of the three quarterbacks."
Jalen Williams, Fr., WR
On Getting A Scholarship:
"I had no idea it was going to happen and I honestly can't describe how it felt. I'm still soaking it all in."
On Sharing Moment With His Family:
"It meant everything to me. I had told mother that I would get a scholarship so she wouldn't have to pay for school and now he I am. I'm just so blessed to receive the scholarship as well as to share it with my family."
Levi Lewis, So., QB
On Progress Through The Spring:
"I've made great progress and I see this as a stepping stone in my development."
On Team's Offense:
"Honesty, only god knows, but I think this team is destined for greatness. We hold our own destiny in our hands and the great teams are player led, much like how we are. I, along with other leaders will step up and hold guys accountable."
On Difference Between This Year's Offense To Last Season:
"It's still an up-tempo style offense but Coach Napier wants and expects more out of us. We've snapping the ball more and coach expects us to know our assignments. The teammate chemistry is still a work in progress but we built great chemistry through spring and will grow more through the summer."
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