March 25: Today's report is going to be short and sweet. The northerly
winds were brisk and cold today making it uncomfortable for fans. There were a
couple of tidbits, however.
Met Tyson Hampton today, who was on the sideline watching with great interest. He's taking 19 credit hours this semester. Whew! But keep in mind he'll be with us for three years. A friend of Ethan Kelley's was visiting from California. By the way, Ethan is looking better and better everyday. It would not surprise us one bit to see Mr. Kelley as the starter come fall. Ryan McDaniel really feels more confident about this season. However, everyone we've talked to on the team feels a lot better and more confident about what is going on. We just half to decipher sometimes whether they are talking about their own circumstance, or that of the team. The hustle today was good. Oh, and yours truly will be at practices both Wednesday and Thursday.
March 27: When I got to the stadium today, the players were just beginning to head out towards the practice fields. The kickers beat everyone, then the QB's are out throwing as the rest of the team makes the long walk down to the three fields. The stepping is lively as the players all seem to look forward to it. Today, I just happened to catch Luke Groth and one of the OL, but my conversation was with Luke. We basically talked about his family, and he mentioned his dad had been upset because he couldn't get down to watch practice because he had some recovering to do. Nothing serious and he'll be fine, so Walter, get well and get down to the spring game.
Practice today started out very basically. Every position was drilled and worked accordingly by the position coaches. The running backs all did running drills. Hey, saw a piece of equipment out there I hadn't seen before. Do you remember back in 1974 when Grant Teaff introduced that thingamajig with the eight or nine tires above, about ball level and the running backs would run through it and try to hold onto the ball? One of the maladies of 1973 were fumbles, and Grant set about correcting it – and it worked. Well, the "tool" has undergone some changes. Now two rows of five or six each spikes, representing arms poke at the ball and just as many stab at the knees and shins as the ball carriers run through the gauntlet. This piece of equipment was used quite extensively by the running backs today.
The first two groups to combine, logically enough were the quarterbacks and receivers. They did several throwing drills, running patterns and throwing and catching, and occasionally dropping. Baldwin was on top of things however. Eventually, the running backs finished their drills and joined them.
The horn sounded and everyone joined up with someone – the defensive backs got with the linebackers and the offensive linemen got with the defensive linemen, etc. They were really mixing it up over there with the two sets of linemen. They snapped a "rag ball" and then the OL and the DL mixed it up. T.J. Helmcamp went down with that same wrist, or ribs, or whatever it is that tends to make him hold his arm against his ribcage on one side. He was in and out, but totally out when it came to the "non-tackling" scrimmaging the team did later.
The horn sounded again and they split into two main groups - passing and receiving on the high ground and handing off and running on the low field. The quarterbacks, receivers, and defenders were on the high field. Each receiver would draw a defender, then the receivers coach would signal the route to the receiver and the QB, and the ball would be snapped, and they were off. Oh, Robert Quiroga was practicing today and it was good to see him out there again. Danielle McLean, as I have said is really stepping up his game, and Bobby Hart is just fun to watch. Sometimes the receiver would win, sometimes the defender would win. The defenders seem to be working to make the receivers better and the receivers are doing everything they can to make the defenders better. No one takes it easy on anyone else. The quarterbacks would work the passing drill and then run down to the field to participate in the running game practice. During that practice, evidently it got sloppy, because Coach Steele had them gather for a pow-wow and it wasn't pleasant. They got back to work and seemed to do better with lots of enthusiasm and spirit.
The horn sounded once again, and I paid most of my attention to the upper field where they were doing punting drills. We had Bobby Hart, Larry Bynum, Ahmad Rhodes, Chedrick Ricks, and Reggie Newhouse all catching punts. Hart, Bynum, and Rhodes seemed to be the most consistent catching the ball. There for a while, Reggie was really having problems, missing two in a row, but he soon got his concentration on and was making the catches. The wind did play tricks as one errant "machine" punt hit Ricks right in the plastic eye and upper face mask. Another hit him squarely on top of the helmet.
The horn blasted again, and it was time for scrimmaging. Vinson took the field first. I wrote down the first few plays just so you would get an idea of what was going on.
First Play: Vinson takes the deep snap, rolls to his right and completes the pass in the right flat, about 8 yards downfield to Marques Roberts.
Second Play: Vinson takes the deep snap, rolls gently to his left and finds Reggie Newhouse in the left flat, this time about 10 yards down the field.
Third Play: SACK by the front line and a blitzing LB.
Fourth Play: Vinson circles right, throws incomplete, off Newhouse's outstretched hands about 15 yards down the middle of the field.
Fifth Play: Vinson takes the deep snap, steps back, and then steps up pass the rush, he throws, it hits TE Shane Williams in the hands, it bounds up, Williams looks upwards, as his back crashes down onto the grass below, but he grabs the ball as gravity pulls it in the same direction, making the catch and hitting the ground at about the same time - good for about 7 yards.
Sixth Play: Vinson to pass, he throws, Khari Long's long, outstretched hand tips the ball behind the line of scrimmage and it falls harmlessly to the ground.
Seventh Play: Vinson throws towards Newhouse down the left sideline, 20 yards upfield, but it goes incomplete.
Then Karas got his shot, but didn't move the ball like Vinson did, so did not get as many reps. Enter Greg Cicero, and then Josh Zachry. Later in the scrimmage, the other QB's got their shots. I saw a nice couple of passes by #5 Chris Neilson, and one by Tomcheck, and I'm sure some of the other QB's also had some nice tosses, but there are a bunch of them and it is hard to keep up with. Oh, that left handed QB who wears #16 is Bryce Williams, 5-11, 185, from Sonora, Texas.
The remainder of the practice was spent in this type of scrimmage. The offense seems to be getting better, but folks, this defense is getting salty. When the number one's are in there, real estate comes hard to get. When the scrimmage broke up for a bit for some 7 on 7 and the defensive front and linebackers took off for some other drills, Coach Steele made a point to "tip" his cap to certain individuals who had performed very well. AC Collier was one, John Garrett another, and there were others.
This is interesting. Guess who made up the number one OL during the scrimmaging?
LT - OUTLAND LG - PEARCY C - FIELDS RG - MURPHY RT - McDANIEL
Baldwin is a loud and live presence during today's practicing. He was yelling at this one and then at that one. On one particular play, one of his QB's took off running, but he had a receiver open down the right sideline - he made a point to find his QB and point out the evil of his ways. Vinson seemed to have the best day among QB's today, followed by Karas and Zachry, and then Cicero, IMO. Vinson really seems to be coming into his own. Maybe that little bit of experience last season wasn't all bad.
At the end of practice, Steele ran the teams tongues dragging. They lined up at the goal line and ran about ten 20-yard sprints, round trip. That means twenty 20's. Then the coaches moved in, and they ran ten more 10-yard sprints, 19 in all because they ended on a half trip. I had not seen the team run this hard since I've been watching practices. They did it very well, and many looked like they could just keep running.
On the way back to my vehicle and the locker room, I got an opportunity to talk with Greg Cicero. I took the opportunity to ask him about our defense. I mean, like I told him,
INSIDER: Greg, you played against Big 12 defenses last season - using that as a reference, where is our defense at this point in time?
CICERO: Our defense is fast, I mean they are so much faster and quicker than they were a year ago.
INSIDER: Where does most of the pressure seem to come from, I mean, who seems to give you the most problems.
CICERO: Man, AC Collier is there. He is so fast. I mean right now, he is right up there with where that DE from Missouri and that DE from Nebraska were last season, and those were the best in the Big 12. He is so fast coming from that DE spot. Our entire DL is there - I mean they're all playing well, so much better.
INSIDER: How about the linebackers?
CICERO: So fast - our linebackers are fast, very fast, everyone of them can run. We've picked up some new guys in the secondary with more on the way, and after they all get here, the competition will get better and the secondary will be better, but our front, our defensive line and linebackers are there.
March 30: THE SCRIMMAGE
1st Play: The ball is placed on the three yard line and QB Greg Cicero will direct the #1 offense against the number one defense. As I sit on the press box side of the field, the offense will be moving from my left to my right. At left offensive tackle is Quintin Outland, Derrick Pearcy is the left guard, at center is Cedric Fields, Antoine Murphy is at right guard, and Ryan McDaniel is the right tackle, with Shane Williams the TE on the right side. Newhouse is split wide to the left with Ray Harrington off the line inside him. Marques Roberts is split wide right, with Golden as the lone set-back. Cicero takes the snap from under center, he fakes a handoff to Golden, then circles left in the direction of the near side line. He throws - COMPLETE to Ray Harrington who goes to one knee at the 21-yard line, the completion good for 18 yards and a first down on the first play from scrimmage.
2nd Play: This time Cicero will operate out of the shotgun. Ray Harrington is now split wide-left, Marques Roberts is wide right with Reggie Newhouse inside right. RB Anthony Krieg is in the slot just to the right-rear of the offensive line. Cicero takes the snap, quickly throws COMPLETE to Ray Harrington, this time just across the 27-yard line, a gain on the play of six yards.
3rd Play: Cicero is under center this time. Roberts wide left, Harrington wide right with Newhouse, slot-right. Golden is the lone set-back. Cicero takes the snap, fakes a handoff to Golden, rolls right, throws COMPLETE to Harrington again, this time at the 35-yard line where it will be a first down. So three completions on three attempts, all to Ray Harrington for a total of 33 yards, and Cicero is taking full advantage of this first opportunity to move the ball down the field.
4th Play: With Cicero in the shotgun, TE Shane Williams lines up tight on the left side, three receivers also on the left, from outside to inside is Roberts, Harrington, and Newhouse, now Shane Williams moves to the right side and sets up tight on the right, and now Newhouse goes into motion behind the line and on towards the right. Cicero takes the snap and hands off to Golden who goes outside Williams on the right, he's got five, now eight out to the 43-yard line.
5th Play: It's second and two from the 43. No huddle, Marques Roberts split wide to the right, with Newhouse inside him and Harrington inside both. Snap is back, handoff to Golden, and as soon as he takes the ball, Kevin Stevenson takes Golden and puts him rudely down to the ground. Loss of one on the play, and it will be third and three from the 42.
6th Play: Marques Roberts lines up on the line wide left, with Reggie Newhouse slotted just inside him, off the line, and Anthony Krieg is in a slot, just off the left-rear of the line. Ray Harrington is split wide to the right. Cicero is in the shotgun, he takes the snap, the defense is in a blitz. Cicero will run. He gets away, five, ten, now he's inside the 45, and all the way down to the defense's 40-yard line, a run of some 18 yards as he picks up the first down. Now, the defense is not hitting the QB's and he was touched down, but he had a seam, and no one came close to touching him as he showed some real speed and just slipped through until he hit traffic and was touched down.
7th Play: First and ten, as Roberts lines up wide left and Harrington inside him, slot left. Reggie Newhouse is lined up wide right, Golden is the lone setback. Cicero takes the snap, hands off to Golden who hits the center of the line, and met there by several defenders, he'll only get a yard. It will be second and nine at the 39.}
8th Play: Marques Roberts goes wide left, Ray Harrington wide right, with Newhouse inside Roberts on the left. Anthony Krieg is the lone set-back, and he gets the hand-off, but ouch, there's DE Charles Mann who wraps him up and crunches him to the ground, just behind the center for a yard loss and it will be third and ten back at the 40.
9th Play: Cicero is in the shotgun with trip-receivers left, and one receiver to the right, Roberts. Cicero takes the snap, he throws quickly on a "look-in pass" to the left COMPLETE to Newhouse who is quickly brought down from behind by Matt Johnson (23), a gain of one, it'll be fourth and nine, and the defense has held. The play seemed a little slow to develop as the receiver looked like he was in slow motion, and had to wait on the ball which seemed slow in getting there. We'll go back to the three and start over with someone else.
10th Play: Aaron Karas will get his opportunity now as he will direct the number two offense against the number two defense. The offensive line will line up this way: LT is Chris Rogers, LG is Matt Bickel, the center is Chris Sipes, RG is Scott Pendleton, and RT is Glen Oskin. Billy Crawford is TE on the right, while Jonathan Evans is the lone set-back. The ball has been placed at the three where it will be first and ten. Karas goes under center, and there is a misfire between the QB and his center as there is a fumble on the exchange, so this start is a little auspicious. It'll be 2nd and nine as they pick up a yard on the fumble recovery.
11th Play: Same set-up, but this time the snap is clean and Karas hands off to Jonathan Evans who bulls into the right side of the line, but the defense has penetrated, and they lose the yard they had gained. It will be 3rd and 10.
12th Play: Two receivers, John Martin and J Fields are wide to the right, and a TE is tight on the right, with another tight on the left. Karas takes the snap, fakes a handoff to Evans, throws to down the field slightly to his right INCOMPLETE, as it's just out of the reach of Fields, who just can't quite get there. That will end the auspicious beginning, but it looks like they're going to give Karas another shot, or clean the slate as they are saying.
13th Play: The ball is at the three, first and ten. Let's see if Karas can move the chains this time. John Martin is split wide to the left, J Fields inside on the left, and now he goes in motion moving from left to right. Karas takes the snap, hands the ball to Jonathan Evans who trudges up the middle on a hard run, he gets five, six, now seven yards up to the ten yard line, where it will be 2nd and 3.
14th Play: Karas takes the snap, moves to his right and hands the ball to big Jonathan Evans again who moves the pile forward five, now six yards to the 16-yard line, where it will be a new set of downs. Now, the running game is beginning to click.
15th Play: Karas takes the snap, now he will throw COMPLETE to Billy Crawford the TE up at the 23-yard line, where it will be 2nd and a long 3. TE Billy Crawford was lined up tight on the left end from where he ran an "L" pattern, first going straight up the field about five yards, and then cut 90 degrees to his right and headed for the side lines. Karas threw the ball just as he cut, he took the pass in stride, and then angled up the field and out and brought down out of bounds at the 23. That looked like a pass to a TE.
16th Play: Karas takes the snap, hands the ball to Evans, but Colin Allred sniffs out this one and just has Evans gets the ball, Allred gets Evans. No gain, it'll be 3rd and 3.
17th Play: Bobby Darnell is wide to the left, with Chedrick Ricks in the slot, just inside him. John Martin is lined up wide to the right, with J Fields slot-right. Karas circles right and passes COMPLETE to John Martin who goes up high in the air to make the catch at the 29-yard line and then is brought down by Randy Davis who had coverage on the play, and the pass is good for some six yards, and a new set of downs. First and ten.
18th Play: John Martin is split wide to the left, Bobby Darnell is slot-left. Karas hands off to his running back, Chedrick Ricks who heads left, gets outside, and moves the ball up field before being brought down by Randy Davis and Justin Crooks on the near sideline, but not before he picks up a respectable five yards, as it will be 2nd and 5.
19th Play: Martin and Darnell split left again with Jonathan Evans at the lone set-back, just to Karas' right. Karas takes the snap and whips the ball left COMPLETE to John Martin again, this time up to the 40-yard line where it will be first and ten, good for six yards. Karas seems to have found his rhythm and is moving the chains.
20th Play: TE Billy Crawford is tight on the left, now moves to the right side. Martin and Darnell split wide to the right, J Fields is split wide to the left, and Jonathan Evans is the back. Karas takes the snap, fakes to Evans, moves to his right rear and is quickly "touched down" and sacked by Khari Long who came in from his LDE spot to get the sack all the way back to the 35 yard line, a loss of 5, and it will be 2nd and 15 from the 35.
21st Play: Karas is in the shotgun now. He's got Martin and Darnell wide to the left and Fields wide to the right, with Frankie Draa slot-right. Chedrick Ricks gets the ball on the draw and he moves forward until he is met and brought down at the 41, a gain of six, and it will be 3rd and 9 from there.
22nd Play: John Martin is split left, with two receivers J Fields and Bobby Darnell split wide to the right. Karas takes the snap, fades back and throws down the center of the field COMPLETE to Bobby Darnell who makes a leaping grab before coming down with the ball and getting a terrific hit at the 34-yard line, where if all is in order, it will be a new set of downs for this Karas-led offense, and it is. First down!
23rd Play: Karas takes the snap, this time from under center, comes back, and throws INCOMPLETE towards Billy Crawford, the TE. Crawford might have held onto the ball except that Danielle McLean was there just after the ball arrived to perform a surgical strike and separate the ball from Mr. Crawford. It will be 2nd and 10.
24th Play: J Fields is split wide to the left, Chedrick Ricks is in the slot to the left, and John Martin is wide to the right, with Jonathan Evans the lone set-back. Karas is under center, takes the snap, and hands it to Jonathan Evans coming toward the near side line, now a reverse to Ricks going toward the far sideline, and now he cuts up field and he's got a little room, getting down to the 30-yard line before being brought down, and it will be 3rd and 6.
25th Play: John Martin is wide to the left, Bobby Darnell is slot-left, J Fields is wide to the right, and Evans is the set-back, and the TE is lined up tight on the right side, also. Karas takes the snap, hands the ball to Evans who runs left. He's got running room down to the 26, where it will be 3rd and 2.
26th Play: The field goal team comes in. Lee Chandler (#1) is the holder, and the attempt will be by Grant Callison (#30). The snap is back, the ball is down, the kick is up, and it's NO GOOD, short and off to the right.
27th Play: The number one offense comes back onto the field, as does the number one defense. For this series, the QB will be Davon Vinson. This time the football is placed on the offenses' 40-yard line where it will be first and ten. Vinson steps under center with trip-receivers left, and one tailback. Vinson takes the snap, steps back and he will throw, deep but over the head of everybody, including Marques Roberts who was running far downfield, at about the 15. It did appear that Roberts could have been moving faster in the first part of that pattern, which might have had him catching up to where the ball was, but in any event, the deep threat has been posted.
28th Play: That'll make it 2nd and 10 from the long 40. Ray Harrington is split wide to the left, Roberts in split wide to the right with Newhouse in the slot. Anthony Krieg is also slotted inside both of them, and Jonathan Golden is the lone set-back. Vinson, from the shotgun this time, will take the snap. He makes a "quick-throw" behind Newhouse, INCOMPLETE. Now this was a "quick throw." We've seen it done quite a bit in preliminary drills in practice. As the QB's are warming up, they throw to each other. One segment of the drill has them imagining a snap, and then after a quick repositioning of the feet in what has to be described as a jump, turn, and planting the feet at shoulder width, the ball is "snap-thrown" quickly, and all with the QB not even taking so much as a single step to the rear. This one, unfortunately, was just behind the receiver. It'll be 3rd and 10.
29th Play: Newhouse is split wide to the left, with Harrington just inside him off the line in the slot. Vinson takes the snap, retreats to throw, gets away and will run, but there's Ethan Kelley filling the hole Vinson was going to take, and making the grab, a loss of five on the sack. That'll make it fourth down, so they'll put the ball back on the 40 and go again, first and ten.
30th Play: Roberts is split wide to the right, Newhouse inside him and off the line. Shane Williams is tight on the left, now moves to the right side. Now Newhouse goes in motion to the right side, and facing up field, now shuttles his feet side to side. Vinson hands off to . . . fumble, ball is picked up, fumbled backwards, and it rolls further back and is finally fallen on by an alert and scrambling Anthony Krieg, but way back at the 16-yard line where it will be 2nd and a very long 34 to go.
31st Play: Ray Harrington is wide right, Newhouse just inside him off the line, and Chedrick Ricks is off the line, inside both. Anthony Krieg is the running back. Vinson is in the shotgun, but there is motion, so it will now be 2nd and 39 from the 11.
32nd Play: Two receivers are left, two are right, and Krieg is the lone set-back. Vinson takes the snap, it's a draw to Krieg, who'll get about a yard and the defense is all over him like they had read his mail a week ago.
33rd Play: Vinson in the shotgun, takes the snap, rolls to his left, and now throws left COMPLETE to Newhouse who is across the 15, now to the 18-yard line, but it will be way short, like 32 yards short of the first down, so they'll go back to the 40 and try it again.
34th Play: The second strings will go at each other again, and it will be Josh Zachry at the QB position. Jonathan Evans is the lone set-back, John Martin is split wide to the left, Fields and Darnell are split wide to the right, Billy Crawford is the TE, also lined up on the right. Zachry, in the shotgun, takes the snap, rolls out to his right and throws down the right sideline, COMPLETE to J Fields at the 47, and it will be a second and three.
35th Play: J Fields is now line up wide to the left, Darnell inside-left, and Martin is wide right. The ball is snapped and handed off to Jonathan Evans who gets nothing, no gain as he is stopped as soon as he gets the ball, and it will be 2nd and 3.
36th Play: There is a fumble on the snap, the ball rolls forward, there is a scramble for it, and the offense gets the ball back, but only pick up a yard and it's fourth down so we'll begin again.
37th Play: First and ten from the 40. Zachry takes the snap, hands the ball to Frankie Draa who is hit almost immediately by Danielle McLean, but he bounces off him, goes outside and picks up 4 tough yards to the 44, where it will be 2nd and 6.
38th Play: Zachry in the shotgun with Draa to his left, two receivers are wide right and one is wide left. Zachry takes the snap and throws down the middle, but INCOMPLETE as the pass is behind its intended target, Ryan Jeffrey, about 15 yards downfield. It'll be 3rd and 6.
39th Play: John Martin lines up wide to the left, the running back is Staron Faucher, Fields and Darnell are split wide to the right, and TE Luke Groth is tight on the right. Zachry takes the snap from the shotgun, he steps back and throws INCOMPLETE. The pass sails over everyone, but may have been thrown away as there are about four defenders covering three receivers in the area. I see Luke Groth, Bobby Darnell, and Fields, but the ball was over everyone. That'll make it fourth down, so they'll start again.
40th Play: The number one defense is coming back onto the field, that's Amendola and Cash at the safety positions, Garrett, Wade, and Sepulveda at the linebacker positions, Hart and Johnson at the corner positions, RDE is Mann and LDE is Collier, and Stevenson and Kelley are the tackles. Cicero in the shotgun with Krieg as the running back, who gets the handoff and is hit immediately by Charles Mann and John Garrett, loss of a couple, it will be 2nd and 12.
41st Play: Two receivers, Harrington and Newhouse are wide right, Krieg in the slot inside of them, with Roberts split to the left. Cicero in the shotgun steps back and throws far down field, INTERCEPTED by Bobby Hart who returns it 5, now 10, 15, 20, and is brought down about 25 yards from where he intercepted the ball back to about where the line of scrimmage was on that last play. The pass just sailed on Cicero and went over the head of the intended receiver, and Hart picked it off. We'll begin again.
42nd Play: Cicero stays in at QB. He's got Harrington split wide left, Roberts wide right with Newhouse off the line and just inside him, with Chedrick Ricks in the slot off the line just off the right side of the OL. Cicero takes the snap from the shotgun, he throws a screen to the right side, COMPLETE to Newhouse, but I'm telling you, Greg Wade smells it out and pulls Newhouse down a yard behind the line of scrimmage, it'll be 2nd and 11. This defense is really looking good, and the offense is throwing quite a bit at them - I mean, one gets the feeling of sitting on a time bomb that's about to go off, but will it be the defense or will it be the offense?
43rd Play: Cicero in the shotgun again. Evans replaces Golden in the backfield. Harrington is wide left, Ricks is inside left, Roberts and Newhouse are right. Cicero takes the snap, the blitz is on, he throws COMPLETE to Roberts coming at a slant across the middle, good for four yards, so it will be 3rd and 7.
44th Play: The ball is at the 43. Trips, Roberts, Newhouse, and Ricks are left, Harrington is right, as Cicero takes the snap. He throws COMPLETE in the left flat to Marques Roberts, who is covered and then hit by Bobby Hart, but he gets away. He's racing down the sidelines and is finally taken out of bounds by Randy Davis and some help by John Garrett, but not before he gets about 50 yards on the pass and run, all the way down to the 7 yard line. It will be first and goal from the 7. To re-cap that a bit, Roberts caught the short pass and almost immediately, Roberts took what he had to give him, absorbed it, and kept moving down the sidelines. Other defenders in pursuit would get into the act with a grab or bump of their own, but Roberts just seemed to keep his feet going, kept his balance, and proceeded down the sidelines. Except for all the traffic, Roberts might have been able to get clear and go the distance, but by being held up, Davis was finally able to corral him out of bounds with some finishing touches by Garrett.
45th Play: Cicero has two TE's, Crawford on the left and Groth on the right. Evans is lined up off the left rear hip of Crawford in a slot. Krieg is the running back. Cicero takes the snap, he hands to Kreig who bounces to his left, meets opposition and then dives toward the near corner post and gets in for the TOUCHDOWN, a 7-yard run by Anthony Kreig for the score, set up by the Cicero to Roberts pass and run of 50 yards.
46th Play: Daniel Andino will attempt the point after. The holder is #1, which according to the roster is Lee Chandler. The snap is back, the ball is down, the kick is up, and it is GOOD!
47th Play: Again, the ball is placed on the 40, now this is the offenses' 40, which is 60 yards away from the endzone. Karas comes in at QB, and his receiver split to the left is a #9, Frankie Draa is the running back, trip receivers to the right, as the number two offense, with some substitutions, is going against the number two defense, with substitutions as well. Fake to Draa, Karas circles right, he throws INCOMPLETE, in and out of the hands of a defender, LB James Irwin, a 6-1, 215 So-Sq out of Crawford, Texas. It will be 2nd and 10.
48th Play: Karas in the shotgun with two receiver split right, one left. Two unidentified players, number 28 on defense got to the intended receiver, #19 just as the ball did, and it goes INCOMPLETE.
49th Play: Karas in the shotgun with two receivers right, and one split left, with the TE tight on the right. Karas rolls to his right, he throws COMPLETE to Ryan Jeffrey who falls across the 48 to the 48 and a half yard line, but it'll be about a yard and a half short of the first down, so we'll begin again.
50th Play: Karas still in there. Karas walking back and forth down the line talking to all his linemen. He's got Billy Crawford tight on the right and Chris DeLeenHeer tight on the left. Ryan Jeffrey is wide right, it's a false start by the offense after a quick snap by the center as they thought they had caught the defense in the zone, but it was evidently a false start that got them there, so it will be 1st and 15.
51st Play: From the 35, Karas, he has two receivers split right, 19 and 9 inside him, Staron Faucher is the tailback, with Jeffrey split left. Faucher gets the handoff, and then gets a yard - it'll be 2nd and 14.
52nd Play: Karas under center, takes the snap, fakes to Faucher, then retreats to the rear-right, and quickly Dominick Cravens gets to him pursuing from the RDE spot with some great backside pursuit, and touches him down for the sack, a loss of 7, it'll be 3rd and 21.
53rd Play: Karas operates from the shotgun, two receivers are split wide to the right, and one split left, #16 James Whiteland, 6-6, 195 Fr from Tyler. The running back is Jontue Fears-Hayes who is lined up just to Karas' left. Karas takes the snap and throws INCOMPLETE to #19, who we now think is Baylor Barbee, and he just dropped that one. It'll be fourth down, so that will end the series and we'll begin again.
54th Play: The starting spot has been advanced 20 yards from the offense's 40 yard line, 60 yards away from the endzone to the defense's 40 yard line which we will refer to as the short 40. This will feature Davon Vinson directing the number one offense. Marques Roberts is split wide to the left, Harrington just inside him, and Newhouse inside him. Shane Williams is tight on the left and Krieg is the RB. With Vinson under center, Newhouse goes in motion to the right. Vinson takes the snap, hands to Krieg, and as soon as Anthony Krieg gets the ball, A. C. Collier gets him. They set the ball in play just inches behind the 40, so call it no gain on the play, 2nd and 10.
55th Play: Marques Roberts is split wide to the left, Newhouse is slotted inside Roberts, Krieg is inside the two of them, and Ray Harrington is split wide to the right. Vinson, this time from the shotgun, takes the snap, he rolls out to his right at an angle to the rear, he throws far down the right side of the field, INCOMPLETE to his intended receiver, Ray Harrington. Coverage on the play was by Danielle McLean, who might have picked the ball off, except for Harrington who went high into the air and played DB and batted the ball away - all this down at the 5-yard line. That will make it 3rd and 10.
56th Play: Marques Roberts is wide to the left with Newhouse and Krieg lined up just like the play before. Harrington, in his familiar spot, is far right. Vinson from the shotgun takes the snap and begins moving left quickly to get away from the pursuit, but he can't get away from Kevin Stevenson who hits him "softly" outside the 45, at the 46 yard line, a loss of six on the play. That'll make it fourth down, so they will place the ball at the short 40 and do it again.
57th Play: Anthony Krieg is the lone set-back. Marques Roberts is split right with Robert Newhouse inside him in the slot. Two tight ends in the game create a seven-man front. Vinson takes the snap from under center this time, and hands the ball to Krieg who bursts up the middle of the line, he gets hit, but he's still going, five, ten, now he cuts more to his left, fifteen, twenty, with John Garrett in hot pursuit angling from the inside to the near sideline, and finally corrals Anthony Krieg and pulls him down, but not before he picks up 32-yards down to the 8 yard line where it will be first and goal. On that play, Krieg takes the hand-off and routinely pounds it into the middle of the line, but that's when routine ended and the real story began. After meeting all kinds of resistance, Krieg just kept those legs of his churning and refused to go down, and then good things began to happen as he broke free, met a little more resistance and broke free again.
58th Play: Shane Williams and Anthony Krieg are in the backfield with Vinson. Two receivers are wide right. Now, Shane Williams moves from the fullback position behind Vinson who is under center, to the TE spot on the right. Luke Groth is the TE on the left. Vinson takes the snap, hands off to Krieg to his right, and Krieg cuts it back to his left, for a gain of a couple, but there's a flag on the play. It's holding, as they mark it off 10 yards to the 18 where it will be 1st and goal.
59th Play: This time the two big TE's are in the game as #85 Chris Deleenheer is tight on the left and #84 Luke Groth is tight on the right. Two receivers are split to the right, Krieg is the running back, and Vinson is under center. Vinson takes the snap and fakes a handoff to Krieg, but Kevin Stevenson is not fooled one little bit, and grabs Vinson around the waist and lifts him into the air to end the play. It's a loss of 10 yards, all the way back to the 29. I might add that after that long run by Krieg, Coach Steele came off the sideline and met with his defense. He must have challenged them and now they are responding, and that could be huge. It will be 2nd and goal from the 29.
60th Play: Harrington is wide left with Shane Williams just off the line in the near-left slot. Vinson is in the shotgun with Krieg to his left. He's going to throw, but he doesn't have time as Charles Mann grabs him around the ankle and A. C. Collier grabs him high, and one can only wonder how that might have gone against somebody's quarterback when full contact was the case. The sack moves the ball back to the 37-yard line, a loss of 8, and it will be 3rd and goal as the defense continues to make their statement.
61st Play: Vinson takes the snap, he rolls out to his right, pursuit is heavy by #53 Lorenzo Davis, he's going to run, five, now 8 yards before someone evidently touches him down, but he is well short of the endzone.
62nd Play: Zachry will take the QB position behind the second team. Jonathan Evans is the running back, John Martin is split wide to the left, J Fields is split wide to the right with Bobby Darnell inset on the right. TE Billy Crawford is on the right side. Zachry takes the snap, hands off to Evans who hits into the right side of the line and the defensive surge pushes the offensive line back and it's a loss of one on the play, it'll be 2nd and 11.
63rd Play: John Martin split wide to the left, again, with Fields and Darnell on the right. Darnell now comes towards the left in motion. Zachry takes the snap and hands to Evans who again charges the right side of the line, he's got running room, he's picked up 5, now 8 yards on the carry, down to the 32 yard line, so he picks up about 8 1/2 yards to make it 3rd and 2.
64th Play: J Fields comes wide left this time. John Martin is lined up wide right, and Crawford and Deleenheer are the double-tight ends. Zachry under center, turns to his right and hands off to Evans again who goes behind the right tackle Oskin and the TE Deleenheer and picks up the first down with a gain of some 5 yards, and it will be 1st and 10 at the 27. Hold everything, there's a flag on the play, it's OFFSIDE against the defense, so the gain was five, the penalty is five, but they step off the five yards in any event and it will still be first down, the ball now at the 26.
65th Play: Zachry takes the snap, no, there's a fumble on the exchange, and #98 Kelvin Chaisson gets on top of the ball to end the drive.
66th Play: The ball is put in play, again from the short 40 where it will be first and ten, and Zachry will again be the QB. Zachry operating from the shotgun on this play takes the snap and quickly throws toward the right sideline, CAUGHT by J Fields, who then shrugs his shoulders and the DB, #26 Ahmad Rhodes, runs by him, then he gets additional yardage down to the 22, 21 yard line. The gain of some 19 yards will set the offense up at the 21 where it will be 1st and 10.
67th Play: Zachry again under center, he hands off to Draa who gets a couple, but there is a flag on the play. They call it a facemask penalty and step off an additional five yards. That will make it 1st and 10 and only three yards to go for the first down. Zachry takes the snap and hands the ball to Chedrick Ricks, who is hauled down behind the LOS for a loss by #89 Dominick Cravens who just barrels in from his LDE spot and makes the play. Loss of one, it'll be 2nd and 4.
68th Play: This time Zachry is in the shotgun, he's got trip-receivers to the left and one receiver right and the lone set-back is Chedrick Ricks. Zachry steps back and he will throw INCOMPLETE, but there are flags all over the place and Ahmad Rhodes will be whistled for pass interference, committed against John Martin. They will spot the ball right there, just inside the 10, at the 9 yard line. It'll be 1st and goal.
69th Play: Zachry is under center this time with two receivers to the right, one receiver left, a tight end, and one running back in the backfield. He hands the ball to Ricks who tries to go through the middle of the line but there are about three players there to stop him in his "proverbial" tracks. #88 Michael Gary was there, as was #89 Dominick Cravens, and the loss is one yard back to the 10.
70th Play: Zachry is under center, two receivers are right, and Zachry will throw INCOMPLETE to his intended receiver, Bobby Darnell. There is another flag on the play, but this time it will be holding against the defense on an eligible receiver. It looks like #21 Maurice Lane was the culprit and it sets the offense up with a 1st and goal from the 5-yard line.
71st Play: TE's Groth and Deleenheer make it a 7-man front, one receiver left, another receiver right, and Staron Faucher is the running back. Zachry takes the ball from under center, hands off to Faucher, who takes the ball up the middle and gets the ball IN FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!
72nd Play: They line up for the extra point, now the line moves to the right to get over the football. This time #7 Kenny Webb will do the honors. The snap is back, the ball is down, the kick is up, and the extra point is GOOD! Right through the middle of the uprights with lots of room to spare.
73rd Play: The ball is placed back at the short 40 and with Aaron Karas at the controls, it'll be 1st and 10 to go, as Karas gets his shot with the first offense. Reggie Newhouse is split wide to the right, Harrington inside him on the right, and Marques Roberts is split wide left. Luke Groth is the TE lined up on the right.. Now Harrington comes in motion and there are two receivers on the left. Karas takes the snap from under center, he steps back, fakes to the running back, and throws quickly COMPLETE to the TE Groth for a gain of three yards, 2nd and 7 from the 37.
74th Play: Marques is split wide left, Newhouse just inside him. Harrington, meanwhile is split wide to the right. Anthony Krieg is in the slot off the left side, and Jonathan Golden is the lone running back. From the shotgun, Karas takes the snap, he hands the ball to Golden who lunges up the middle and gets 3 more yards before having his feet taken out from under him. It will be 3rd and 4.
75th Play: This time, Harrington is split out wide to the left, Roberts wide to the right with Newhouse inside him. Time is called
75B Play: Conversely, Harrington is wide right, with Roberts and Newhouse wide left. Golden is the running back. Karas hands off to Golden who comes left, and tries to get outside, but there's Matt Amendola to make the initial contact and John Garrett to finish the job as Golden goes down hard. Amendola rolls off onto the near sideline and looks like he may have injured his left ankle. It's a loss of four back to the 38-yard line and that will end this series.
76th Play: They put the ball back down on the short 40 and Karas will stay in at QB. Karas takes the snap from the shotgun, and right behind the ball is Collier and he'll wrap up Karas for an 7-yard loss, so it'll be 2nd and 17. Had Collier not made the stop for some reason, Joe Simmons was right there, if needed. He wasn't.
77th Play: Roberts is split wide to the right with Newhouse inside him. Anthony Krieg is inside the two of them. Ricks is the running back. Karas calls an audible, he takes the snap, and he will throw, but AGAIN AC Collier is in the backfield wreaking havoc and grabs Karas for his second sack in as many plays. This time, it is back to the long 45-yard line, a loss of 8, and it will be 3rd and 25.
78th Play: Roberts wide right, Newhouse wide left with Krieg inside him. Ricks is the back and there is a TE on the left side of the OL. Karas hands off to Ricks who goes right, now bounces left, he gets away with John Garrett in pursuit from the back, and here is Aaron Karas out in front of Ricks and he means business as he delivers a clearing block on #24 Bobby Hart taking him out of the play as Ricks runs toward the near sideline and gets it down to the 36-yard line, a gain on the play of 19 yards, but they needed 25 so they're about half a load of raw oysters short.
79th Play: This time, it will be Guy Tomcheck at QB and he will operate behind the second team against the second defense. Tomcheck is under center with two receivers to the right and one to the left with one running back. Tomcheck takes the snap, hands off to his running back who is immediately grabbed around the waist by Khari Long who takes him down with an assist by Eric Sims and Joseph DeWoody. No gain on the play so it will be 2nd and 10.
80th Play: Jontue Fears-Hayes is the running back now, but he's in the slot. Baylor Barbee is a wide-out with two others, all on the left. Tomcheck takes the snap, he steps back, he throws INCOMPLETE, intended for Baylor Barbee (#19), but tipped away by #28, and it's incomplete.
81st Play: A new QB has entered the game, #16 Bryce Williams, a left-handed FR out of Sonora High School. He takes the snap and throw just to his left INCOMPLETE, as #28 again this time separates Crawford from the pass.
82nd Play: The ball back on the short 40, first and ten, and Williams is still the QB. Fears-Hayes is the RB, trip-receivers left, and one receiver to the right, as Williams takes the snap from the shotgun. The give is to Fears-Hayes who runs right, meets some resistance, but he'll pick up a couple of tough yards to make it 2nd and 8.
83rd Play: Williams is in the shotgun. Fears-Hayes is on his immediate left. Two receivers are left and one receiver is right. The snap back is a high one, Williams pulls it down, but that takes time, and Kelvin Chaisson is there quickly to end the play.
84th Play: This time the QB will be #4 Ryan Frazier, 6-0, 199, out of Klein High School. Jontue Fears-Hayes is still the RB. Frazier steps back, he throws COMPLETE to #16 James Whiteland, 6-6, 195, from Tyler. The ball hit him in the gut, then he nearly dropped it, but caught it between his knees and held on at the 35, a gain on the play of 5.
85th Play: They are going to let Frazier go for it on fourth down and 5. He takes the snap, he throws to his right towards the far sidelines, COMPLETE, this time to #19 Baylor Barbee, who makes the grab right at the sticks and picks up the first down.
86th Play: Lined up far left is Whiteland with Ryan Jeffrey lined up inside him. Two other receivers are lined up right. Fears-Hayes is the RB. The handoff is to the RB on a draw play, and he'll pick up a yard, yard and a half, call it second and long eight.
87th Play: New QB in the game is #15 Mark Murphy, 6-2, 180 Fr from Kingwood, Texas. The handoff on the play is to #24 Faucher, who gets loose and with running room gets a nice gain down to the 22-yard line, where it will be 3rd and a couple. TE is on the right, two receivers right, one left. Faucher gets the ball again, cuts left this time, and he'll get first down yardage down to the 15 yard line, a gain of 7. FIRST DOWN!
88th Play: Another QB, this time #5 Chris Neilson is in the game. He has two receivers split wide right, one split left, Neilson takes the snap he throws, INCOMPLETE, wide to the right on the far right side. It'll be 2nd and 10.
89th Play: Snap is high, Fears-Hayes gets the handoff and he gains a couple as LB James Irwin #52, and #43 and #28 were also in on the stop. Sims, Long, and DeWoody also on the stop.
90th Play: The first team offense goes back onto the field, as does the first team defense. They put the ball down at the 20-yard line, and absent since the third series of the game, Greg Cicero will direct the offense. Coach Steele goes out and speaks to the offense, and then comes back to his position on the near sideline (defense). Ray Harrington is split wide to the left, Marques Roberts wide to the right with Newhouse inside on the right. Golden is the RB with Anthony Krieg slot left. Golden gets the handoff and he goes up the middle on a tough, hard run down to the 13-yard line, a gain of 7. It will be 2nd and 3.
91st Play: Cicero goes under center for the second time. One receiver left, two are right, and now Newhouse goes in motion to the left. Cicero hands the ball to Golden, who this time seems to "slow" as he gets to the line and is met and hit by #21 Maurice Lane. Loss of one back to the 14, 2nd and 4.
92nd Play: Roberts is split wide to the left, Newhouse is wide to the right, with Harrington inside him on the right. Williams is the TE on the right, Cicero is under center. Cicero audibles and moves into the shotgun. Golden moves off to the left. Cicero throws INCOMPLETE, intended for the TE Williams, who pleads his case for a completion, but to no avail.
93rd Play: Fourth down and 4. Shane Williams is the TE on the left. Golden is the running back. Marques Roberts is wide to the right, Harrington is inside him on the right, and Newhouse is split wide to the left. Cicero is in the shotgun. It's a low snap, but Cicero scoops it up and immediately retreats under pressure to his right, he throws COMPLETE, NOW INCOMPLETE, in and out of the hands of Ray Harrington. It was a perfectly thrown pass as it hit him in the hands, but coverage by Maurice Lane and AC Collier who had also dropped back into coverage, plus Derrick Cash and Matt Johnson, evidently caused him some concern, and the pass goes incomplete. The incompletion occurred on the right side of the endzone, about middle depth.
94th Play: Karas is in now at QB, and he will hand the ball to Jonathan Evans who runs right and gets nothing as the defense puts up a wall. Khari Long is there, Justin Crooks is there, as well as several others and he was going nowhere. Loss of one on the play, it'll be second and 11 from the 21.
95th Play: Karas now has two receivers right and two receivers left. Karas takes the snap, throws to his right and it's INCOMPLETE as the pass hits John Martin right in the hands, but he just can't hold on, and it will be 3rd and 11.
96th Play: Karas is in the shotgun. Two receivers left, two are right, and there is one RB. Karas takes the snap, moves right under pressure, and lobs the pass up the field, INCOMPLETE, and almost intercepted by #39 John Withers, 5-11, 174 from Denton. That will end this series.
97th Play: The first team offense comes onto the field and they place the ball at the 5 - it'll be first and goal from the five, and Davon Vinson will direct the offense. Golden is the tailback, who gets the handoff and then gets popped by Kevin Stevenson who sniffs out the play, and then snuffs it, and it's a two yard loss back to the 7.
98th Play: Vinson awaits the snap from under center. Williams and Crawford are both on the line at TE. Golden is at tailback and Evans at fullback. Vinson takes the snap, fakes the handoff, moves outside and throws INCOMPLETE. The intended receiver was TE Billy Crawford, and there is a flag on the field. It's pass interference, called against the defense. That'll make it first and goal from the 3-yard line.
99th Play: Vinson again under center, takes the snap, hands to Jonathan Evans, his fullback, and Evans crashes into the line for two, and it will be 2nd and goal from the ONE.
100th Play: Vinson is under center for a third time. Everyone is tight, except one receiver to the right. Both TE's are in tight, left and right. I-formation with the fullback, Evans and the tailback, Krieg, behind the QB. Vinson hands the ball to Krieg, who then angles left, parallel to the goal line and keeps pushing and pushing and will not be denied as he scores the TOUCHDOWN.
101st Play: The ball is now placed on the 4-yard line where it will be first and goal. John Martin is wide to the right, J Fields is inside to the right, Chedrick Ricks is the tailback, and Zachry is back in at the quarterback spot. Ricks gets the ball, then the defensive front gets Ricks and he goes nowhere. Lorenzo Davis, Dominick Cravens, and helping Ricks to his feet, Kelvin Chaisson, who were all in on that stop. Loss of almost one, it will be 2nd and goal from just inside the 5.
102nd Play: Two TE's, Ricks is at tailback. Fears-Hayes is in the near slot on the left side of the line. Zachry looks to throw, but decides to keep the ball, which does little good as he's dropped at the five for no gain. Now it's 3rd and goal from the 5.
103rd Play: Ricks is the TB, John Martin is wide left, J Fields is inside left, as Zachary takes the snap, comes back to his right, trying to get away from pursuit, he throws INCOMPLETE, but the officials are calling a sack back on the 20 yard line. It'll be 4th down.
104th Play: They mark the ball at the 9. Zachry takes the snap and throws INCOMPLETE towards John Martin. Coverage on the play was by Justin Crooks who breaks up the play, and that one ends the scrimmage.