Bogalusa competitive despite 2-5 record in 7-on-7 tournament at Lakeshore High

Published 12:46 pm Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bogalusa played six close games but finished with a 2-5 record in the National Select Southeastern Invitational Qualifier, which took place Friday and Saturday at Lakeshore High School.

All Lumberjacks’ contests except for one were decided by eight points or less and the eight-point margin was a game that went to overtime.

The 7-on-7 contests took place on a 40-yard field and are 21-minutes long. The first 20 are with a running clock with the final minute under standard clock operation rules.

Teams receive six points per touchdown and one for an extra point from the 5-yard line. There is no kicking.

You can also get points defensively. Teams earn three per interception and two for forcing a turnover on downs.

Bogalusa played five games Friday and went 2-3.

They lost the first two before posting a 2-1 record over the final three.

Bogalusa’s victories were over Fontainebleau, 20-18, and Holy Cross, 22-20. The setbacks occurred against Chalmette, 16-15, Ponchatoula, 24-23 and Covington, 31-9.

The game against Fontainebleau was back-and-forth, with the Lumberjacks winning in the final seconds.

Bogalusa trailed 18-17 and Fontainebleau had the ball with a first down with 52.3 seconds left.

The Bulldogs threw two incompletions and faced third down. With a completion for a first down and they could run out the clock for the win, but anything else put Bogalusa in a tough position to win.

The Lumberjacks defense stepped up big time.

They forced Fontainebleau’s quarterback to throw a tough pass.

It was high and deflected by a Bulldogs receiver and intercepted by Tym Toussaint, who made a one-handed pick.

BHS completed a pass and ran off the final seconds in the victory.

Saturday’s matchups were double-elimination bracket play.

The Lumberjacks were eliminated in just two games.

Bogalusa lost to Fontainebleau, 28-20, in overtime and the other was to Fisher 20-17.

Lumberjacks coach Craig Jones said one of the big things from the weekend was that his team was competitive in six of the seven games.

“The one blowout was the first game,” Jones said. “It was a good experience for the kids on their coverages and in our passing game.”

Jones credited Toussaint for the way he passed the ball and said the team is beginning to communicate better.