Spring Season Comes to an End on Chilly Saturday Afternoon
April 9, 2016
Under not so spring-like conditions, the football team wrapped up its spring practice season with its annual Spring Scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Rooney Field.
After pre-game warm-ups which began at 2:00, the Dukes took part in nine specific scrimmage situations, sandwiched around a 15 minute halftime balloon release in remembrance of former team manager Ryan Fleming and former player Chris Johnson.
The action opened with one-on-one drills leading up to a second and two situation where the offense had two plays to try to get a first down from their own 40 yard line. Highlights included a 69-yard pass completion from Brett Brumbaugh to Chavas Rawlins and a 23-yard completion from Brumbaugh to Stew Allen.
The Dukes next worked on kick-offs and returns before starting a third-down conversion drill. Dillon Buechel connected with Reggie McKnight for gains of 13 and 11 yards and hit Wayne Capers for a gain of 35 yards. Joshua Gills had rushes of four and 12 yards.
After halftime, the Red and Blue lined up at their own one yard line and had three plays to get a first down. The defense held strong on this drill as Chayse Dillon recorded a tackle in the end zone and Troy Gethers ended the session with an interception.
Red zone action took place next as the offense had three plays to score from the nine yard line. Several scores occurred as Buechel hit Nehari Crawford and McKnight for touchdowns, Brumbaugh connected with Danny Stratton for a score and Ricky Mellick ran one in from nine yards out.
The festivities wrapped up with the two-minute drill. Buechel headed the first series which resulted in a touchdown pass to Capers. On the drive, Redman had five rushes for 17 yards and Crawford had two receptions for 45 yards. On the next series, Brumbaugh had two completions to Anthony Cannone and one to Gaston Cooper, but the drive ended on back-to-back sacks. Garrett Hunter led the offense on the final drive of the day and hit Mellick on passes of 12 and 15 yards, but the day ended with a one-handed interception by Jonathant Istache. Gethers had two pass break-ups as well.
This was the final action before the Dukes open camp in August. The 2016 season opens on Thursday, Sept. 1 as the Dukes travel to Youngstown State for a 7:30 pm kick-off.