Bates & Fitch shut it down

St. John (Plaquemine) is only a Class A school, but don't let that fool you. The Eagles have the ability to compete with the big boys, and they proved it Thursday night in a scrimmage vs. 5A Scotlandville. How did Louisiana Tech commit Warren Bates fare? What about his teammate, DE/OLB Herman Fitch?

"We had fun tonight," said an excited Warren Bates following the scrimmage. "I mostly played defense. I knocked heads with Scotlandville's big running back, Nick Norman (6-0, 230), a couple of times. He got me once, but I got him a few times.

"They run the triple option, so I had a lot of tackles going against that style of offense. They had a big offensive line, but it's all about momentum on the football field. It's about who brings the momentum when you make contact."

A 6-foot-0, 205-pounder, Bates will wear dual hats for the Eagles this fall.

"Some games, I might play all defense," he said, "while in others, I'll get a lot of reps on offense. I'll always be on defense, but - depending on need - I'll also play running back."

Next week, the Eagles test the waters against another large school in Class 4A St. Michael of Baton Rouge.

"St. Michael is the exact opposite of Scotlandville," said Bates. "They like to spread it out and throw the football. I'm going to watch some film on them to get ready."

Bates singled out teammates QB Michael Martinez and WB Davante Williams as having solid efforts in the scrimmage.

Fitch, a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, came off the edge to wreak havoc on Scotlandville's offense.

"I had five or six tackles," he said, "with three tackles for loss. I also had two sacks and a quarterback knockdown. Our offense scored twice on their starters, and we controlled the action.

"We were more prepared than our opponent, and we try to set the bar high. I felt like I really contributed tonight, and I'm ready to get to the next game now, so I can get me some sacks. I also played tight end tonight, where I mostly blocked. We don't throw to the tight end much, but I opened some holes for our backs."

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