After getting off to a sluggish start, the Sulphur Tor offense finished the spring season with a scoring flurry in a scrimmage against Broadmoor on Tuesday at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium.
Sulphur came up empty on its first five possessions during the live portion of the scrimmage, including a 62-yard drive that stalled at the Broadmoor 3-yard line. But the Tors scored on three of their final four possessions to beat Broadmoor 21-0.
The offensive line stepped up and gave up just one sack during the live scrimmage after giving up four during the scripted portion. The Tors also cut down on turnovers from three to just one.
“It was good to see them start to click a little bit,” first-year head coach Cecil Thomas said. “I thought the offensive line got better all spring.
“We still have to be a lot more physical up front than we are, but I thought they got better every day. We are not seeing the same mistakes over and over.
It was too slow of a start. I was worried about that. We have to be faster out of the gate. We have to keep the intensity level. A lot of times we have too much of a lull.”
Thomas was pleased overall with the Tors’ progress in his first spring with the team.
“I love the overall effort we got and we just have to put a good summer together,” Thomas said. “I love our team and I love our kids.
“These kids worked hard and listened. We have corrected all the mistakes we had and they are getting better every day. That is a sign of a good football team.”
The offense got some help from the defense too. Ridge Marcantel and Austin Tramonte made back-to-back tackles behind the line of scrimmage and Trenton Lecoq sacked the Broadmoor quarterback to set up the Tors at the Buccaneers’ 37-yard line.
Sulphur quarterback Jacob Clark turned a bad snap into a 15-yard gain and threw a 22-yard scoring strike to D.J. Harris for the Tors’ first touchdown. Harris also rushed for 53 yards on 11 carries.
Clark later hit Gavin Elliott with a 16-yard touchdown pass.
After the defense forced a three-and-out, Elliott made a diving catch for a 26-yard gain on fourth down to the Broadmoor 2-yard line and Jace Dufresne dragged a defender into the end zone to put Sulphur up 21-0.
The defense picked up where it left off from the intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, holding Broadmoor to 1.3 yards per play during the live part of the scrimmage and forced four turnovers. Lecoq had an interception, tackle for a loss and a sack, linebacker Austin Tramonte made two tackles for loss and an interception and cornerback Trey Penigar broke up a pair of passes and intercepted another. Defensive lineman Austin Broussard recovered a fumble and had a tackle for a loss.
“The defense is flying around really good,” Thomas said. “We are gap sound on defense and the back end has really been impressive the whole time.
“We are keeping everything in front of us. We just have to be able to put a good summer together.”
Both teams scored once during the scripted part of the scrimmage. Broadmoor scored on a 60-yard pass and the Tors’ Emmanuel Brady scored on a four-yard run.