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NATCHITOCHES -- The war in the trenches caught the eyes of the Northwestern State football coaching staff and awarded offensive lineman Austin Douglas and defensive lineman Leroy Armstrong as Co-Most Valuable Players in the 25th Annual Joe Delaney Bowl spring game on Thursday, which capped the Demons' spring workouts.
Austin and the offensive line only allowed three sacks in the game, and two were by Armstrong. Austin played both the guard and center positions on Thursday.
“(Douglas) is just a guy that has come in here and really bought into what we’re doing, and of course the traditions here are Northwestern State,” said head coach Jay Thomas, who finished his second spring season as the leader of Northwestern State.
“Our hats are off to all of the offensive linemen, really. To have an offensive lineman as the MVP is something special,” he said.
Armstrong finished the day with team-high four tackles, two sacks and two quarterback hurries.
“Leroy is a talented guy and this is his thing. The guy can rush the quarterback and he is only going to get better,” said Thomas.
“He still has a lot of football left,” he said. “He’s had a tremendous spring and what he did tonight is what we’ve seen every day.”
The wide receivers accounted for 277 yards through the air and five touchdowns on 20 completed passes. Ed Eagan led the way with five receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Cody Jones had two touchdowns and 95 yards.
Daniel Hazelwood, who was 10-22 for 160 yards, struck had 30 and 15-yard touchdown strikes to Jones and a one-yard score to Eagan.
“I’ve been very impressed with our wide receivers. They’ve trained hard and that is a credit to Coach (Derrick) Foster,” said Thomas.
T.J. Fleeton finished the game 8-16 for 82 yards, including a six-yard touchdown throw to Matthew Flores. J.D. Almond also took reps at quarterback and competed two passes in 10 tries, and had a 25-yard scoring throw to Tuff McClain.
Zach Adkins did not play in the scrimmage.
“We know what Zach can do. He’s a proven guy, so now we wanted to get the other quarterbacks all of the reps,” said Thomas. “Zach will get a ton of reps when we have more scrimmages come August, but we wanted an opportunity to evaluate all of the quarterbacks.”
Darius Poullard added in an interception and three tackles for the Purple Swarm.
Kicker Chris Moore drilled a 39-yeard field goal for the Purple Team.
Flores finished with three rushes for 32 yards, and Kevin Pitre had three attempts for 12 yards.
“We have such a great group of guys, and we have great team chemistry,” said Thomas. “It’s not just one position group, but the whole team.
“You see the carryover every day. These guys come out and battle every day and get better,” he said. “They’ve gotten better everyday, across the board.”
Seven Demons accounted for two tackles, and nine players had one.
25th Annual Joe Delaney Bowl spring game
Daniel Hazlewood: 10-22, 160 yards, 3 touchdowns
T.J. Fleeton: 8-16, 82, 1 TD
J.D. Almond: 2-10, 35, 1 TD
Matthew Flores: 3 rushes, 32 yards
Kevin Pitre: 3-12
Cody Jones: 1-5
Shakier Ryan: 1-6
Ed Eagan: 5 receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD (Hazlewood)
Cody Jones: 4-95, 2 TDs (Hazlewood, Hazlewood)
Tuff McClain: 1-25, TD (Almond)
Jarrett Cheadle: 1-10
Matthew Flores: 1-6, TD (Fleeton)
Leroy Armstrong (MVP)- four tackles, two sacks, 2 hurries; Darius Poullard- three tackles (INT-12 yds.); Chase Collins- two tackles; Marion Chapman- two tackles; Wilbur Myers- two tackles; Tyler Roussel- two tackles; DeMarcus Drumgo- two tackles; Xavier Johnson- two tackles; Jacob Merriman- two tackles; Jahvez Barnes- tackle; Robert Fabrizio- tackle; Jermaine Walker- tackle, hurry; Chris Cryer- tackle, hurry; Roderick Ross- tackle; Dannie Harmon- tackle; Andrew Bletsch- tackle; Deon Simon- tackle, sack; Justin Evans- tackle, hurry;