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D'Iberville completes first spring under Collins with intrasquad scrimmage

D'IBERVILLE - The D'Iberville football program eclipsed another marker Saturday, completing its first spring under new coach Eric Collins.

D'Iberville punctuated the spring season with a well attended intrasquad scrimmage at Buddy Singleton field.

Included among the spectators was long-time coach Buddy Singleton, who watched the scrimmage from afar, leaning up against the chainlink fence that encircles the field named in his honor.

The two sides played a full four-quarter game, ending in a 13-7 victory for the White team.

One of Collins' goals this spring was to establish his base offense and defense, which will remind fans of his systems at Pearl River Central.

"It's real similar," Collins said. "It's run based, but we'll throw it if we can and try to mix it up."

The battle to replace graduating quarterback Jacquelle Green should carry over into fall camp. Saturday, the Warriors pitted Jameer Jamison against Michael Kozlowski, with Tyler Sheridan spelling the latter toward the end of the game. Kozlowski is a rising sophomore; Sheridan a rising sophomore. Jamison, a rising junior, converted from fullback. The Warriors hoped to have Tucker Talley in the mix at quarterback but he transferred to Biloxi after the 2015 season. The other quarterback on last year's team, Ocean Gehrmann, did not participate in the intrasquad.

Overall, the game was a run heavy showing, with passing sprinkled in.

Erick Thacker opened the game's scoring late in the first quarter with a 17-yard run around the left side to put the Black team ahead 7-0.

The White team tied the score mid-way through the third quarter on an 8-yard run by Jordan Hartley. One play after ripping off a 42-yard gain down the home sideline, Hartley powered his way through the middle. After being held up momentarily at the goal line, he forced his way through several defenders and into the end zone.

Defense ended up winning the game for White as D.J. Polk scooped up a Black fumble and danced his way 32 yards for the go-ahead score with 2:35 remaining.

"Right now I'm really pleased with our football team and staff. It was a great way to end the spring," Collins said. "I think the biggest adjustment was getting to know a new staff and basically just getting to know me and me getting to know them. That has been the focus this spring. I think we have accomplished that and more."

With 15 practices in the books, Collins believes his Warriors have laid a positive foundation for the program moving forward.

"My goal was to get our base defense and offense established and then get the protocol for our team in place and I think we did that," he said. "What I mean by that is not so much the practice schedule but what kind of intensity will we practice with? How are we going to be in the weight room? The message was we're going to compete in every single thing we do.

"That was the overriding thing about all that we did in spring."

Housekeeping

After the scrimmage, Collins met with the parents and officially introduced his new staff, which consists of Quincy Patrick, Sheldon Black, Dejuan Jamison, Jason Hockaday, Brandon McGill, Josh Ladner, Phillip Ducomb and James Kilpack.

Collins also announced the captains for the 2016 season: Micah Booker, Mike McCoy, Chris Thompson, DJ. Polk and Tyler Barnes. Booker will also wear No. 18, which is a tradition for the Warriors honoring former Warrior player Latrell "Fred' Dunbar, who died in 2011 after collapsing during a game.

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