The Wofford College football team conducted the final scrimmage on Wednesday evening, which also marked the final day of two-a-days for the Terriers. Both the offense and defense showed improvement over the previous two scrimmages.
“Our whole goal has been to teach the concepts and the fundamentals and be as healthy as we can be,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “It did not start out that way because we had some guys come to camp injured and then we added a few more. We had a lot of kids come back this week from injury and that has helped us with depth. I truly believe we have the ability to have a real good football team. The kids work hard and when they come out on the field they compete. I think we have made progress, and from the last scrimmage to this scrimmage we made significant progress. The execution level of the first two groups was pretty good. We had some issues with the third group, but overall it was good.”
The team had two practices on Monday, followed by free time on Tuesday morning in order to move into the dorms. Tuesday afternoon the team practiced for two hours in shoulder pads and shorts.
On Wednesday morning, the Terriers were only on the field for just over an hour working primarily on special teams. In the evening, the team ran eighty plays, forty each for the offense and defense, followed by a two-minute drill.
The first ten plays of offense were run by Mitch Allen and first downs were picked up by David Royster, Trey Diller and Mike Rucker. With 42-yard field goal attempts, all four kickers were 1-of-2. In the first segment of ten plays by the defense, Jordan Ingman and Tommy Irvin had pass break-ups, while Mike Niam added a sack.
Back on offense, Stev Davitte guided the Terriers down the field with first down runs from Derek Boyce and Alex Dunmire. Trey Diller had a first down reception, which was followed by a 24-yard touchdown catch by Brenton Bersin.
The next series of defensive plays was highlighted by a sack from Jonathon Sharpe. Chris White led the next offensive series, with Chris Youman rushing for a first down and Montae Monroe having a ten-yard reception.
In the third series for the defense, Zach Bobb Coleman Hornaday and Keaton Thompson had tackles for loss, while Blake Wylie had a pass break-up and Alex Goltry added a sack. Brian Kass took the helm for the final ten offensive plays and completed a 15-yard pass to David Royster. In the final defensive series, Rob Williams had the scrimmage’s lone intereption.
For the two-minute drill, Mitch Allen led the offense. After a first down catch by Devin Reed, David Royster had a 20-yard reception. Tommy Irvin had a pass break-up, but the offense continued to move the ball with first downs from Sean Lees and Brenton Bersin. Sean Lees ended the scrimmage with a ten-yard touchdown reception.
Players who were held out of the scrimmage were DE Mitch Clark, LB Mark Flott, WR Andrew Young, LB Cody Van Der Linden, DL Josh Hillard, PK Grant Cody, OL Matt Vick, WR Justice Joslin and OL Josef Grommer.
The team will have single practices at 3:30 pm on Thursday and Friday and one practice on Saturday at 10:00 am before beginning game week preparations.