Report from Presbyterian sports information:
The second scrimmage of the 2009 preseason lived up to the billing for head coach Harold Nichols’ squad, which wrapped up the highly anticipated Fan Day/Flight of the Dove events.The defense looked sharp for much of the afternoon while the offense got going, tallying 26 points for the day.
The defense was a force to be reckoned with on the afternoon. Almost immediately at the start of the scrimmage, defensive coordinator Tom Evangelista’s squad recorded two quick sacks by Derren Evans and Connor Hawkins. Under pressure just a couple of plays later, rookie Connor Norman picked off a Tim Webb pass for the defense. Joe Wideman accounted for two pass break-ups as did Rossi Thompson. Connor Hawkins recorded a tackle for loss on an option play. Multiple times on the day, the defense forced the offense into third and long situations.
However, the offense was able to effectively move the ball late in the day. Webb was able to get redemption on the defense, connecting on a 23-yard pass to Jeremy Cole for a touchdown after starting at midfield. Webb was right on target for another receiver, but it caromed off his hands from the 10-yard line. Cole, with his excellent hand-eye coordination, was able to haul in the ball just shy of the goal line. He easily reached pay dirt for the six points. Just four pass attempts later, Parker Fleming found himself surrounded by a host of defensemen. He was able to elude the rush and was flushed out of the pocket to his left.
The receivers scrambled as well. Fleming launched a pass down the left sideline, hitting Sean Adegbola for the 50-yard touchdown reception. The rushing attack ground out small chunks of yardage for the most part. After Webb drove the team down to the three, freshman Lance Byrd carried a host of defenders on his back en route to six points. In the one-minute drill, Webb drove the team down the field in 1:28, covering 57 yards. With the ball spotted on the eight, Miller connected for the game-winning field goal as time expired. On the drive, Webb hooked up with Tyler Robbins for 30 yards and Jeremy Cole for 20 yards, putting the team within range of the game-winning score. Byrd, Trandon Dendy and Seth Moreland each tallied the longest run of the day of 10 yards.
The special teams looked much improved from the first scrimmage. Cam Miller split the uprights on a 30-yard field goal attempt. Freshman Aaron Mayes averaged 42.5 yards per punt with a long of 45. Fellow rookie Patrick Morgano drilled a punt.
The Blue Hose open the season Sept. 5 at Furman. Kick-off is slated for 5 p.m.