On Saturday, the Wofford football team went through the first two-a-day practice. The second session was a 100-play scripted scrimmage that was highlighted by two long touchdown passes by Mitch Allen to Montae Monroe and Will Irwin.
“When you work a week, I think there are expectations of every group where they should be,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “There were things that went on tonight where we did not step up and make right. We have the makings of a good football team, but there were guys that I thought got lost in the moment assignment-wise. It was the first time we went eleven-on-eleven and it was one of those things where you hope for better. The biggest thing that frustrated me was when things went wrong and we did not respond the way that we needed too. We have some young guys that we have to give more reps and more of an opportunity to be in the fire at a higher pace.”
The morning practice lasted two hours. The wide receivers made several big plays, including a nice one-handed grab by Brenton Bersin. On defense, Jeremy Holt and Tyrese Little each had tackles for loss.
The first scrimmage of the preseason was held on the practice fields, which began after a slight delay due to rain. Once taking the field, the starting offense used a 20-yard run by Donovan Johnson and a 20-yard reception by Joseph Inman from Mitch Allen to move into the red zone. Donovan Johnson capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run.
After PATs, Andrew Young caught a 15-yard pass from Mitch Allen. Zack Cole made the first big defensive play of the day with an interception, which was followed by a sack by Jeremy Holt. The defense continued to shine, with two sacks by Ameet Pall and an interception by Blake Wylie.
Following a punting session, Chris White ran for a first down. After a sack, Brody Hingst picked up a rushing first down and Kenny Barnes caught a first down pass. Michael Weimer ended the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. The team then worked on kickoff return.
With Mitch Allen back in at quarterback, he found Montae Monroe open down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown reception. A few plays later, Allen hit Will Irwin with a 60-yard pass for a touchdown. Christian Reed and Kasey Redfern both worked on field goals, each making two PATs and hitting one-of-two from 40-yards.
On the next series of plays, Thomas Simmons had a first down catch and Donovan Johnson added a rushing first down. Following punt cover, the defense added a big play when Josh Roseborough picked up a fumble and returned it 30-yards for a touchdown.
Players held out of the scrimmage included TE Jamie Chappell, WR Rob Greene, RB Rickman Davis, RB Cody Burris, Brandon Kersnowki, Mike Nicklas, Bernard Williams, and DL Marcus Isom.
Sunday will be the first off day for the Terriers, with only meetings in the late afternoon and evening. Two-a-days continue on Monday, August 15. The 2011 season begins with a road trip on September 3 at Presbyterian College.
The Presbyterian College football team hit the field at Bailey Memorial Stadium for the first time this fall as the Blue Hose ran through about 125 plays in a preseason scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.
Offense, defense and special teams all took the field for a practice that saw big plays from newcomers and upperclassmen alike. The scrimmage served as the 12th practice of the season and the team will resume training before next Saturday’s Fan Day at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Players will be available for autographs beginning at 9 a.m. before a 10 a.m. scrimmage.
The squad sent most of its roster on the field throughout the day, including a group of quarterbacks led by Brandon Miley (Wilmington, N.C.) and Chad Sanders (St. Simons, Ga.). The quarterbacks mixed short passes and long sideline routes to find the endzone on several occasions, also offering several displays of mobility on runs through the middle of the field. Each quarterback moved to different units throughout practice to promote familiarity and repetitions.
Practice began with kickoff and punting situations, before moving to sets that began on the offense’s own 35-yard line. As the scrimmage progressed, the offense also set up shop at the 50-yard line and deep in enemy territory before wrapping up the day with goal-line scenarios.
Running back Lance Byrd (Jacksonville, Fla.) found paydirt late in the scrimmage, breaking off a 22-yard touchdown run to highlight a solid day on the ground for the junior. Byrd put together several long rushes, including a 17-yard scamper that set up an Arthur Williams (Baxley, Ga.) leaping touchdown grab.
Seth Moreland (Conway, S.C.) also provided veteran experience in the backfield, recording several touches early and scoring on a goal-line leap midway through the practice.
Wide receiver Michael Ruff (Whitmire, S.C.) provided one of the most impressive displays on Saturday, leading the receiving corps with just under 10 receptions. The redshirt junior scored the first offensive touchdown of the scrimmage, hauling inn a mid-range pass and scampering the rest of the way for a 22-yard score.
Jeremiah McKie (Simpsonville, S.C.) and Williams also turned heads for their play, as McKie made several grabs and also returned kicks.
A number of freshman played on the Bailey turf for the first time on Saturday. Cameren Jones (Greenville, S.C.) and Demarcus Rouse (North Augusta, S.C.) both saw extensive time at running back, highlighted by Jones’ 31-yard run after spinning right to avoid trouble on the day’s first series. Jones also reeled in a pass in the back of the endzone for a touchdown reception.
Freshman defensive back Frank Sherman put the day’s first points on the scoreboard by picking off a pass on third-and-26 and running it back 35 yards for a touchdown.
The defense provided several bright spots on Saturday as well. Justin Bethel (Blythewood, S.C.) disrupted a number of plays by getting in the backfield and taking down players behind the line of scrimmage. The side in blue stopped the offense on the scrimmage’s final goal line stand after a previous stoppage the series before.
Mark Williams (Lithia Springs, Ga.) and Tyler Watkins (Fort Mill, S.C.) each recovered a fumble and Josh Polk (Lithonia, Ga.) broke up a pass and picked up a sack as well. Williams also took part in punt return duty, breaking a big return late. CeeJay Harris (Long Beach, Calif.) flew around the field on the defensive side, making tackles and providing pressure on wide receivers.
Patrick Morgano (Greenville, S.C.) served as the primary punter and Aaron Mayes (Blythewood, S.C.) saw time taking field goals. Mayes converted chances from 32 and 30 yards and nearly cashed in on a 49-yard opportunity. Jeremy Tommie (Greenwood, S.C.) provided the extra points.
Newcomers and younger players meshed with veterans on the offensive and defensive lines, creating holes for a number of long runs.
The team returns to practice on Monday, one of two days this week that features two-a-day practices before Saturday’s Fan Day.
Coastal Carolina had its first game-like setting Saturday morning as the football squad held an hour scrimmage at Brooks Stadium. The scrimmage, originally scheduled for 10 a.m., was delayed for nearly two hours due to inclement weather passing through the area.
The session, which featured the Chants progressing though multiple yardage situations, started with the team going through its pregame routine on the field before heading to the locker room for final instruction from the coaching staff.
“The weather threw us off a little bit today, but the team didn’t let that impair their focus on the task at hand,” said head coach David Bennett. “I told the team that today was to be treated like a true gameday and they displayed that amount of focus and energy throughout the scrimmage.”
Action got underway with the third team defense forcing the third team offense into a three-and-out from the offense’s 30-yard line.
The second series saw the first teams take the field on the offense’s 30. Aramis Hillary led the offense on a nine play drive to the defense’s 17-yard line before the drive stalled out. Sophomore place-kicker Grant Claytoncame on and split the uprights on his 34-yard attempt to give the teal clad offense three points.
The fourth series started with Jamie Childers taking over at quarterback with the first team offense from the 30-yard line. Two plays after a 23-yard run by Jeremy Height, Childers hit Matt Hazelin stride down the sideline for a 50-yard scoring strike.
The defense stood strong over the next three series not allowing the offense inside their 30-yard line.
The ball was then placed on the 25 with the offense going in for the score to simulate overtime. On the first play of the series Height ripped off a 10-yard run to take the ball to the 15. Sophomore safety Johnnie Houstonwould pick off a pass by Hillary on the ensuing play to win the series for the defensive unit.
The second units then took the field for their attempt to score on the short field. Newcomer Alex Ross directed the offensive inside the five where Aaron Joneswould plow into the end zone for the only rushing touchdown of the day.
The overtime session continued after a brief intermission with the third team defense holding strong to force a three-and-out by the offense. The next series started with a 4-yard run by Marcus Whitener and an 11-yard pass by Childers to Adrian Sullivan to take the offense just inside the 10-yard line. However, a high snap followed by a 2-yard sack pushed the offense back to the 22. Childers then connected to David Duranon a 5-yard pass to set up a 34-yard field goal that was knocked home by Clayton.
The scrimmage was capped by the two minute drill with the offense needing to cover 65 yards. The offense, with Hillary at quarterback, pieced together a nine play drive that finished with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Chris Floyd.
“The scrimmage was a back and forth battle between the offense and defense with neither side of the ball dominating,” said Bennett. “We had a couple guys from both sides of the ball make good plays, but if we want to be a great team everyone on the field needs to consistently make great plays, not just a few good plays here and there.”
Coastal will scrimmage several more times over the next two weeks as the Chants prepare for their season opener at home against Furman on Sept. 3.
Receiving Matt Hazel 1-50, TD; Chris Floyd 1-25, TD; Akeem Wesley 1-10; Marcus Whitener 4-26; David Duran 3-30; Chris Presley 1-24; Zach Silverberg 1-0; Thomas Pauciello 1-25; Colton Blackburn 1-(-9); John Masley 2-11; Adrian Sullivan 1-16; Jeremy Height 1-8; Aaron Jones1-10
Defense Josh Norman – 5 tackles; Mike McClure – 4 tackles; Mark Bridges – 4 tackles; LaDarius Hawthorne – 4 tackles; Brian Harrison – 3 tackles; Philip George – 3 tackles; Andrae Jacobs – 3 tackles; Dexter Holman – 2 tackles; Quinton Davis – 2 tackles; Moon Edwards – 2 tackles; Brooks Barbaree – 2 tackles; Pernell Williams – 2 tackles; Dontavious Johnson – 1 tackle; Denzell Rice – 1 tackle; Marcus Lott – 1 tackle; Quinn Backus – 1 tackle; Tyler McCarthy – 1 tackle; Aaron McFarland – 1 tackle; Jeffery Salley – 1 tackle; Derrick Frasier – 1 tackle; Tre Henderson – 1 tackle; Johnny Hartsfield – 1 tackle; Desmond Steward – 1 tackle; Johnnie Houston – 1 tackle, INT
South Carolina State wrapped up its second week of preseason drills Saturday with its first scrimmage. During the approximately two-hour session, the Bulldog first-team offense worked against the second-team defense, while the second-team offense went against the first-team defense The session concluded with a lively series that pitted the first team offense against the first-team defense.
Bulldog head coach Buddy Pough said his team got in some good work during the scrimmage but noted SC State still has plenty of work ahead of it. “It (the scrimmage) was pretty much like a first scrimmage,” Pough said. “There were a lot of inconsistencies and missed assignments, but we will be able to get a real picture of how we did after evaluating the film.
“But, I believe we got in some good work,” he continued. “We still have a good ways to go but we are making progress. The offense unit, of course, is still trying to learn some of the nuances of the offense we will be using against other teams.”
Derrick Wiley, who backed up the departed Malcolm Long the last two years, and Richard Cue received most of the work at quarterback during the scrimmage, however, Tedarrius Wiley also got a turn behind center.
Derrick Wiley, playing with the first-team offense, directed three scoring drives, Cue was at the throttles during two series that led to scores and Tedarrius Wiley was the signal caller for one.
“I think Derrick did some good things and a few bad things also,” said Pough. “All the quarterbacks had some strong points and were effective at times, however, there is plenty of room for improvement. We will take a look at the film.”
Pough expressed his pleasure at the progress some of the freshman players were making. He noted that running backs Julius Pendergrass of Chester and Jalen Simmons of Charlotte, defensive linemen Andrew Carter of Hamlet, NC and Alex Glover of Charlotte and offensive linemen Devin Flowers of Charlotte and Avery Grant of Mullins were having good camps.
The Bulldogs will take Sunday off, then return to drills on Monday.