Going to the last possession of Saturday’s first scrimmage of spring training in the stadium, the offense and the defense were tied at 14-all in their 2-hour competition. The ones went against the ones to decide the “winner” of the day, but the true victor was the team with marked advancement.
The decider would be if the offense could get two first downs, they won the day. If the defense could stop them, they had the overall edge.
QB Bo Wallace connected with Laquon Treadwell for one first down – halfway to their goal, but then the defense stiffened, forcing a 4th-and 12 situation.
Bo dropped back and appeared to have found WR Quincy Adeboyejo over the middle about 25 yards downfield. Adeboyejo went high in the air, plucked the ball and appeared to have the catch, but at the last instant Safety Trae Elston jarred it out of his hands and the defense claimed the victory.
But Rebel Coach Hugh Freeze felt everyone came out on top as he watched his team advance in several areas.
“I thought the energy and effort, once again, was good. It was a physical workout,” said Freeze. “We had some execution issues because we played everyone and it’s hard for all of them to have everything figured out with all the different looks we have on both sides of the ball, but I thought there were a lot of explosive plays, the defense took the ball away some and overall, they did a good job of stopping the run.
“In all, I thought there were a lot of good things, a lot of things we can build on. Now, to go with their attitude and effort, the rest of spring we need to add execution. That will be our goal, but I thought we got better today.”
–Chuck Rounsaville, Publisher of OMSpirit.com
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