With the spring football season winding down, the Sulphur High School’s defense looked strong Saturday in the Tors’ annual spring scrimmage at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium.
The first team defense didn’t allow a touchdown and recovered two fumbles.
“It (shutout) was good to see,” first year head coach Cecil Thomas said. “Defensively, the bent but never broke.
“A lot of guys gut a lot of reps today, so that is a good thing. I like the speed of our defense. Our defense created turnovers. That is a good thing to see. I am real happy with the defense.”
Wesley Welch broke up a pair of passes and had a tackle for a loss while Austin Tramonte had two sacks, a fumble recovery and broke up a pass. Chaz Schrumpf caused a fumble and recovered one.
“I thought Welch did a nice job of breaking up some passes on the back end,” Thomas said. “The secondary was a concern, but I think we will be fine secondary wise.
“I thought that the effort was good on both sides of the ball. The kids are flying around and they are dialed in. That got after it.”
The Tor offense had its bright spots, including quarterbacks Jacob Clark and Brock Welch.
“I like the toughness of Clark,” Thomas said. “Brock Welch showed some good things today.
“We are going to have a tight race and it is going to be fun watching that race at quarterback. It is good. Competition brings the best out of everybody and we will find the best 11 to put on the field.”
Clark, who led the first team offense, completed 10 of 15 passes for 130 yards and was solid on his feet with nine carries for 44 yards, including a 31-yard scramble on third down early in the scrimmage.
On the first team’s third series and playing against the second team defense, Clark scrambled away from pressure and completed a 39 yard pass to Cannan Istre that set up a 29-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Elliott.
Welch led an 80-yard, 13-play scoring drive while completing seven consecutive passes, ending with a four-yard score to Kaden Blaylock.
Elliott led all receivers with four catches for 78 yards and Evan Garcia made six catches for 74 yards.
Thomas was pleased with the offense’s performance overall after converting nearly 50 percent on third down, but stressed the need to complete drives. The first team offense had a 71-yard drive end inside the 10-yard line after Schrumpf recovered a fumble.
“We have the talent,” Thomas said. ‘We just have to keep working hard and put it all together.
“They have to learn how to finish drives and put the ball in the end zone. We can’t put the ball on the ground, that is a negative. That is one thing the defense is going to have to work on. I thought that the offense won third downs today. ”