NATCHITOCHES — Senior receiver Louis Hollier made touchdown catches of 37 and 39 yards Saturday to capture Most Valuable Player honors in Northwestern State’s 24th annual Joe Delaney Bowl spring football game on Saturday at Turpin Stadium, leading the Purple team to a 21-7 win and capping the Demons’ first spring workouts under coach Jay Thomas.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Hazlewood hit Hollier three times for 87 yards while completing 11 of 16 overall for 137 yards.
White team quarterback Grant Chiasson passed for 212 yards, including a 49-yard score to fellow sophomore Ed Eagan, and completed 15 of 25 passes.
He ran a deep post for his first score, getting behind coverage, and broke free on a skinny post route early in the third quarter five plays after the White had closed within 14-7.
Linebacker Paxton Cook topped the Purple with seven tackes and a pass breakup. Defensive end Justin Evans had six tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss for the White.
Kicker Andy Wickman missed a 52-yard field goal for the White when the ball banged off the crossbar
COLONELS HOLD FIRST SCRIMMAGE: In Thibodaux, Nicholls State’s defense got the upper hand in the team’s Saturday scrimmage at John L. Guidry Stadium.
The defense surrendered two touchdowns and allowed only six plays of 10 yards or longer. The defense also had a few sacks and capped the final session with an interception by safety T.J. Lumar.
In red zone drills, Marcus Washington scored on a 6-yard reception from Hayden Cardiff. On the next possession, defensive lineman Keithen English recovered a fumble to set up Beaux Hebert’s 19-yard scoring strike to Nick Scelfo.
After each red zone possession, the Colonels attempted field goals from various distances. After missing on a 23-yarder, Andrew Dolan hit his next three from 33, 40 and 45 yards. Christian Prudhomme converted on 27- and 36-yarders.
In 7-on-7 drills, the defense got back-to-back interceptions by Lumar and Jordan Hanberry.
In the third-down plays, the offense picked up four first downs, and linebacker Tyler Harrington had a sack before Lumar intercepted an Hebert pass that was intended for Xavier Marcus.
The Colonels head into their final week of spring practice, which will conclude with a Saturday scrimmage at 11 a.m.