The Spring football sessions are winding down with only four practices remaining. Workouts will ease up as the Pokes prepare to finish up things on Saturday with the Brown and Gold game. Afterwards we will be one step closer to the 2013 season.
Last week the second scrimmage took place and the defense showed a huge improvement over their first effort. That was great to see after some struggles that happened in the first scrimmage. The secondary led the way with three interceptions including two pick sixes. Marqueston Huff and Darrenn White both picked off Brett Smith and returned it for scores. Blair Burns picked off Jason Thompson on his first pass of the scrimmage. Those plays helped give the defense a huge 71-22 lead at halftime.
The second half allowed the offense to get on track and help even out the score. Still the defense still finished on top with a 72-62 victory. Smith threw for 221 yards and three touchdowns on the day. On the day Smith was 11-20 and the only quarterback to throw a touchdown or complete over 50% of his passes. Two veterans were his favorite targets as Dominic Rufran caught six passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Herron had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown.
The running backs only put up 106 yards combined. Omar Stover led the team with 46 yards. The sophomores were able to find the end zone though; D.J. May scored twice and Shaun Wick once.
We talked about how well the secondary performed already. The rest of the defense also stepped up. Jordan Stanton continued to impress with 11 tackles to lead the team. Devyn Harris had nine tackles on the day. Jeff Rouche and Eddie Yarbrough each had five tackles and a sack. Troy Boyland and Siaosi Hala'api'api had the other sacks.
With the offense winning the first scrimmage and the defense taking the second. It now means that the spring game will be the tiebreaker as both units will attempt to shine. Last year the coaches let the players draft teams for the spring game. No word on whether or not that will occur again this year. I hope it does as the players seemed to really enjoy it.