TU Football Conducts Saturday Scrimmage
March 31, 2012
The temperature soared into the mid-70's, and the team battled through the heat for 24 drives that lasted an hour and 30 minutes.
"We wanted to get a lot of work in today, so we pushed it for about an hour and a half," head coach Bill Blankenship said. "I really thought that defensively we came out a little stronger. I was really pleased with the intensity the defense had for the most part.
"We had some big plays offensively. Kalen Henderson got in the end zone. We had some big plays with Trey Watts. Then we started trying to work some younger guys, and we didn't move the ball very well with those guys. I felt really good overall about the defense."
The defense dominated play in the early going, holding the offense scoreless in the first nine drives.
Quarterback Kalen Henderson led the offense to its first score of the scrimmage on the 10th drive. The team started from the 30-yard line, and Henderson connected on passes to H-back Willie Carter for 15 yards and tailback Trey Watts for 19 yards to lead the team into the defensive territory.
Henderson capped the nine-play, 70-yard drive with an 18-yard touchdown scramble. He ended his day with 33 yards rushing and two TD's. He was also 6-for-12 passing for 90 yards.
Dane Evans took the QB reigns on the next possession, and he led the offense into the endzone in just four plays.
On the second play of the drive, running back Alex Singleton busted through the left side and broke a couple tackles en route to a 41-yard carry. Two plays later, Evans connected with wide receiver Conner Floyd on a 24-yard fade route in the corner of the endzone to give the offense another score.
"For us, really, it has come down to Kalen and Cody being our lead guys (at the quarterback position)," Blankenship said. "They've been fighting it out this week. Different days have gone to different guys. Today, I thought execution-wise they were about the same. Kalen had more big plays today, and ultimately you measure a quarterback by getting his team in the end zone.
"We've got to a better job of taking care of the football. So far, Cody has done a better job. We've gotten bigger, more explosive plays from Kalen this last week, but he still makes a few mistakes that turn the ball over. Whereas Cody has been a little less spectacular, but he's been more protective of the football."
Singleton led the rushing attack with 50 yards on four carries. Zack Langer carried the ball 12 times for 38 yards, and Ja'Terian Douglas had nine carries for 28 yards. Langer also added two receptions for 20 yards.
Watts had five carries for 14 yards and a rushing touchdown, and he also had two catches for 54 yards. Carter had a team-high four receptions for 30 yards.
Defensive end Cory Dorris powered the white shirts with three sacks and two forced fumbles. The defense had 12 total sacks, with 10 different players recording at least a half sack.
Will Noel also forced a fumble, which led to one of two safeties on the day for the defense. The other was on a penalty in the endzone.
The annual Spring Football Game and FanFest is scheduled for April 7 at H.A. Chapman Stadium as the Golden Hurricane football team culminates spring drills with the annual game.
The festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with live entertainment featuring `Dante & The Hawks', inflatable games and concessions on the west side of the stadium at Thomas Plaza. An Easter Egg Hunt for kids in the 5th grade and under will take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. Kids will have an opportunity to find the "GOLDEN EGG" with the prize being Mazzio's Family Fun Zone Season Tickets.
The Spring Game will kickoff at 1 p.m. There is no admission fee.
PASSING STATS Kalen Henderson 6-for-12, 90 yards Dane Evans 5-for-11, 39 yards, 1 TD Cody Green 3-for-7, 24 yards Stephen Rouse 1-for-2, 16 yards Joseph Calcagni 4-for-8, 9 yards Gabe Davis 0-for-1, 0 yards
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