Nicholls football

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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Casey Gisclair is the Sports Editor at Rushing Media. A native of Cut Off and graduate of Louisiana State University, Casey is a lifelong sports fan who joined the Houma Times team in Dec. 2009 upon college graduation.

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