The Demons came away with eight scores---four touchdowns and four field goals---leading to 39 points in 65 minutes during the contest.
“It went well,” NSU head coach Jay Thomas said. “We got 85 plays in and got to see a lot of young guys. That’s what we wanted to do.”
True freshman quarterback J.D. Almond and sophomore Rod Davis built quite the rapport as they connected on two touchdowns.
Davis stated his case in going after one of the vacant receiver spots with three catches for 59 yards. Senior Trevor Goodie was not too far behind with a two-catch, 53-yard performance.
Along with the two touchdowns, Almond was 8-for-13 with 106 yards and an interception, putting more heat in a four-man battle for the starting quarterback job.
“I’m really enjoying [the quarterback situation],” Thomas said. “It ought to be a lot of fun to watch. I look forward to see how they continue to improve. Just looking down the road, the future looks very bright at that position.”
Zach Adkins, Almond, T.J. Fleeton and Daniel Hazlewood all had an equal shot to run the offense and each were protected by the NSU senior-laden offensive line.
“We have some confident guys up front,” Hazlewood said. “I’m confident in them. I know that the other quarterbacks are confident in them. I’ll be looking forward to the season and looking forward to them putting on a show up front.”
While Almond impressed with his yardage, Hazlewood showed consistency and went 5-for-7 on the day. The redshirt freshman from Huntsville, Texas did admit there that there were a few things he needed to work on.
“Decisiveness,” Hazlewood said. “Just making sure I know exactly what’s going on every play and what everybody is doing.”
Adkins, who is the only non-freshman in the competition and a junior college transfer from Riverside, Calif., went 7-for-13 for 66 yards as he tries to also win the starting position.
“This is a competition, I love this,” Adkins said. “It’s what I’m used to doing. I’m just having fun working for that spot.”
True freshman De’Mard Llorens also burst onto the scene, rushing for 71 yards on just six carries. The Natchitoches Central product is looking to find playing time behind senior Rob Walker, who scored on a two-yard run.
Defensively, the Demons were aggressive in trying to cause turnovers and keeping positive offensive plays to a minimum.
“We might not be lining up correctly, but we’re flying to the ball,” Thomas said. “That ‘Purple Swarm’ attitude is what we’re looking for. We’re developing it. It’s been a long tradition of great, intensive defense here. We want to play the same way.”
Junior Imoan Claiborne felt the same about the defensive effort.
“It was pretty good today,” Claiborne said. “We didn’t really get a chance to tackle with the first group, but we still showed a lot of effort and hard work.”
The Demons will practice today at 3:30 and twice tomorrow before having a second scrimmage Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m.