The Nicholls State University football team held their first scrimmage of fall camp this weekend in John L. Guidry Stadium.
The Colonels ran more than 100 plays in a controlled scrimmage.
The biggest explosion of the scrimmage came on the first play when Tahj Smith took a kickoff 95 yards to the house for a touchdown.
Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe said he believes all three phases - offense, defense and special teams - had both good and bad moments in the day.
The Colonels' offense scored four touchdowns in the game, while the defense forced two takeaways and had three sacks.
QUARTERBACKS SHINE; TOP RECEIVER EMERGES
There is no quarterback controversy in Thibodaux, of course, as senior Chase Fourcade will start for a fourth-straight season.
Fourcade looked the part on Saturday, completing 8-of-15 passes for 134 yards and two scores. The two touchdowns were both to Dai'Jean Dixon - one a 57-yarder and another from 30 yards out.
Dixon had a huge scrimmage on Saturday, making 6 grabs for 135 yards and three touchdowns.
But there is a little bit of a battle brewing to be Fourcade's backup in 2019 and possibly the Colonels' next starter.
Kohen Granier was 4-of-6 with 72 yards with a touchdown on Saturday, while Caleb Lee was 2-of-2 for 22 yards. Freshman Andrew Robison had a 20-yard completion.
DEFENSE ENJOYS IMPACTFUL DAY
Defensively, Nicholls was without a few key pieces on Saturday, but the unit was still impactful.
Darren Evans had an interception and a sack in the afternoon, while Allen Pittman stripped the ball on a running play and scooped it up for a takeaway.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Buckwalter had a big day, posting 9 tackles.
If there was a sore thumb for Nicholls on Saturday, it was on special teams.
NICHOLLS' KICKERS STRUGGLE
The Colonels did return the kickoff for a score and had other nice returns on the afternoon.
But the actual kicking game for Nicholls was not good. The Colonels converted just 5-of-12 field goals in the scrimmage.
Freshman Gavin Lasseigne was the lone bright spot, banging home both of his kicks.
FALL CAMP SCHEDULE
Monday, Aug. 12, Practice No. 10 (Full Pads), 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 13, Practice No. 11 (Shells), 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 14, Practice No. 12 (Full Pads), 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15, Practice No. 13 (Shells), 8:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 16, Practice No. 14 (Helmets), 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17, SCRIMMAGE and FAN DAY (Practice No. 15), 7 p.m. at Guidry Stadium