As far as the defensive depth chart, here is how it seems to be stacking up: The defensive line is E. Kelley and K. Stevenson with Khari Long, Michael Gary, Eric Jackson, Joseph DeWoody, and Lorenzo Davis as the reserves. Eric Jackson caught your eye a few times with some good plays. Kelly's "motor" is ALWAYS running. The linebackers are impressive physically, especially Greg Wade. Wow! Garrett and Sepulveda are the other starters. Justin Crooks looks really impressive, too. Michael Tolbert is also "in the mix". The secondary consists of Bobby Hart and Randy Davis at the corners, with Amendola and Matt Johnson at the safeties. One of the new cornerbacks (Ahmad Rhodes) made a couple of really good plays. He looked good (except for the long belt end he decorates and has hanging in front of his torso) and he's playing well. Larry Bynum is adjusting from his JC level, too, but not quite as fast as Rhodes. There's not much depth in the secondary right now. Danielle McLean is at #2 safety. John Withers (5'11" 173 Frosh from Denton, Texas) played quite a bit, as did Jon Habecker (another Fr., 6'1" 208 from Addison, Tx), but the summer arrivals will be looked at real quickly and well by Coach Jette in that area.
On offense one particular player was fascinating to watch, yesterday. They threw the ball to him quite a bit and he looked great! Once he caught it slightly behind his rump while on a fast crossing pattern (great reach-back grab) and he's 6'4" 250ish and obviously in superb condition. This guy really does remind me of a tight end I used to ref during Dallas Cowboy practices at St Edwards University pre-season camps in the early '90s. I'm speaking of Chris Deleenheer, and that he honestly reminds me of Jay Novocek in the way he plays! I sure hope it's not merely because he wears his white socks high like Jay did. Don't think so. Chris just looks super! Also impressive, was Aaron Karas at QB. He's gonna be good. Kreig, Draa, Evans and Golden ran hard as each seems to be more in condition than last year. They are "hard bodies" now. I think that is important.
SOME ADDITIONAL NOTES:
Today's practice was pretty much normal, except that Cicero had to make a Tuesday afternoon lab and wasn't able to participate. The physical level was very intense all afternoon, especially during the "inside drill" (running backs must run between the tackles against a full defensive front which attacks "game style."). The major emphasis most of the day was on the running game, though the half- live tackling "skeleton drill" (QBs throw to receivers against a "bump, grab, release" defense of LB's and DB's) was done for at least thirty minutes. Aaron Karas had several "sweet" tosses in the drill.
Finally an 11 on 11 semi-scrimmage constituted the final twenty minutes of practice. There was no live tackling, but some solid "bracing" and "releasing" happened occasionally. The DB's were allowed to play "all out'', however. This resulted in two outstanding interceptions by Randy Davis and Stephen Sepulveda, who continues to make some fans marvel and wonder why he is still starting, but not the coaching staff.
The coaches are extremely active and constantly coaching their "bunnies" off. The players are really hustling and playing hard. The better conditioning of the players seems obvious (when compared to last fall, at least). This team is really trying to improve.
Wednesday, April 3: Today's practice was pretty much like what we saw yesterday in that it was just more of the same. There were some breakdowns, but then there were those who made plays. The Receiving Game: RB's Draa and Golden dropped what had to be "easy" passes today, and Coach Baldwin didn't like it one bit, either. A couple of the WR's also developed the "dropsy's" which also drew the wrath of Baldwin. Who looked good, then? Tell you what, Baylor has never had a more impressive looking catch and run made by a tight end than the one made by Chris DeLeenHeer today. Maybe by Ronnie Lee in the '70s. Maybe. This guy, Chris DeLeenHeer is going to be used and he's going to be a big help to the offense.
On Defense and Offense: John Garrett made one fine interception today. He "laid out" and managed to grab it just off the ground (which is rather firm at this time, to say the least). The defensive guys loved that, of course, but not as much as the offensive guys loved a long, 50-yard catch and run for a TD by Marques Roberts. Greg Cicero threw it, but there was primarily, busted coverage which allowed the "Man From Luling" to get wide open for the final thirty-five yards of the fifty yard play. His legs did the rest. There was no catching him.
ODDS AND THE END: A 52 yard field goal was attempted today, we think by Grant Callison, but we're not at all certain of that. There was a brisk breeze at his back, but it was still woefully short and to the right. The kicking game needs boosting in the worse way, as it's almost non-existent.
Chatted with Justin Crooks today. He's very upbeat about how the team is responding to the considerable demands of the coaching staff. He says, "Everyone knows we have to outwork all the other teams. We're 'gonna' do that, too." He looks absolutely super. Strong, chiseled, faster, and extremely hard hitting - One just can't help but feel the sincerity and faith in his voice. These guys are starting to believe, and believe in each other more and more. A "breakthrough" in 2002 just can't happen unless that happens.
Thursday, April 4: Preparation for Spring Game - no report.
Saturday, April 6: The Spring Green and Gold Game
1st Play: The green team will begin from their own 30-yard line, going from left to right, viewed from beneath the press box. Starting on the offensive line are Outland, Pearcy, Fields, Murphy, and McDaniel, with Shane Williams and/or Chris Deleenheer at TE. Greg Cicero will start at QB, with Jonathan Golden and Anthony Krieg, his tailbacks. The four receivers will be Newhouse, Harrington, Roberts, and Fields. Cicero will operate from the shotgun with Golden to his immediate right. The TE Williams is lined up tight on the left side, with Krieg just off his hip in the slot. Two receivers, Roberts and Newhouse are split right, now Newhouse goes in motion to the left, and the receivers are split. Cicero hands to Golden who comes left, now hands the ball off to Anthony Krieg, who hooks around from his slot position. Krieg who reverses right, and he's got running room, 5-10-15, now 20 yards, but ohhhh what a nice play by Michael Boyd, who defeats an attempted block, and grabs Krieg and hangs on until help arrives in the form of Jamaal Harper (J-Harp) and they bring him down, but not until he gets it to the white's 46-yard line, a 24-yard gain, where it will be first and ten for the green. That play had possibilities, and might have scored except for a great defensive effort by Boyd.
2nd Play: No huddle, and Cicero will take the snap from under center. Golden is in the backfield, trip receivers left, but now Newhouse goes in motion to the right side, leaving Roberts and Harrington, left. Greg takes the snap, hands the ball to Golden gets room on this side, and then lowers his head and "sticks it" to one of the safeties, Mike Keller, who comes up to make the tackle, but gets run over in the process. It's a 9-yard gain, and it will be 2nd and 1 from the "white" 37-yard line..
3rd Play: No huddle again, and Cicero is again under center with trips left, from the outside-in, it's Roberts, Newhouse, and Harrington. Cicero takes the snap, fakes the handoff to Golden, and he will throw, and it's INCOMPLETE, as the pass was intended for Roberts, but Ahmad Rhodes makes a nice defensive play to break it up, and it'll be 3rd and 1. Roberts was open, going away just inside the ten, the ball was right on target, but Rhodes stuck his arm across the back and shoulders of Roberts, avoiding contact, to break up the pass at the 7.
4th Play: Cicero is under center with Newhouse wide to the left, both TE's are in the game with Jonathan Evans at fullback and Golden at tailback. Golden gets the ball, meets some traffic at the line, squirts outside got gain a couple to just inside the 35, and it'll be a first down.
5th Play: Newhouse is wide to the left with Harrington offset and just inside him, and Roberts is wide to the right. Crawford is tight on the left and there is one tailback, Golden. Cicero takes the snap and tosses a soft, over the top pass to where Golden is supposed to be, but he got held up in a mass of defenders who were walling up the near side, and it goes incomplete. It'll be 2nd and 10.
6th Play: Trying to set the GOLD defense; Michael Boyd is at left corner, Ahmad Rhodes is the right corner. It's Mike Keller at one safety and Kevin Goodnight at the other safety, with Tyler Lindstrom, Jamaal Harper, and Jack Wallace at linebacker. The defensive line is made up of Dominick Cravens and Shaun Jackson at the ends, and Lorenzo Davis and Eric Sims at the tackles. Cicero is in the shotgun with two receivers wide right and two wide left. He takes the snap, and he will throw COMPLETE to Newhouse who takes the pass in just before going out of bounds on the far side of the field. It's a first down for the green at the 16 yard line.
7th Play: Cicero is under center with two receivers left and one receiver, Roberts, to the right. Cicero takes the snap and under pressure, he rolls out to his left, now throws back to his right, INCOMPLETE, as the intended receiver, TE Shane Williams, was held up by Jamaal Harper, and couldn't get "there." It'll be 2nd and 10.
8th Play: Trip receivers wide to the left, now Newhouse is in motion to the right. Cicero takes the snap, and hands to Golden, who goes around the right side, and gets outside, and he's got running room to the 10, puts a shoulder into Keller again, and goes out of bounds and down at the 9, where it'll be 3rd and 3.
9th Play: Trip receivers left again, Cicero in the shotgun with Golden to his right. There's a pitch to Golden, who continues parallel to the LOS, and Boyd and Harper penetrate again to bring down Golden for a three-yard loss. It'll be 4th down.
10th Play: They mark the ball at the 12, and the hold will be at the 19, so it will be a 29-yard field goal attempt by Daniel Andino. Jarod Quinn will hold. The snap is back, the ball is down, and it is good.
1st Play: Aaron Karas will direct the white team offense from their own 30. Two receivers are wide right, and one receiver, John Martin is split left. Ricks is the lone set-back. Karas takes the snap, rolls out, and will throw the ball towards Ricks, INCOMPLETE, as coverage was tight by Matt Johnson, and he draws the penalty flag, down at the 34 yard line. The call is for holding against Johnson, so they'll step off 10 yards to the 40, where it will be a "gold" first down.
2nd Play: Baylor Barbee is split wide to the left, with John Martin split wide right, with Ryan Jeffrey inside him. Frankie Draa is also in a slot to the right, and Ricks is in the backfield. Karas takes the snap, he throws quickly COMPLETE to Draa, across the 45 to the 47-yard line, where it'll be 2nd and 3.
3rd Play: One receiver, Ryan Jeffrey is split wide left, Martin is split wide right. Crawford and Groth are both tight on the line. The handoff is to Ricks who hits up into the center of the line, but Joe Simmons grabs him around the shoulders and won't let him go as the rest of the defense arrives to end it. Ricks did pick up two, however, and it will be 3rd and 1.
4th Play: TE Luke Groth lines up tight on the left and Crawford on the right, one receiver is split wide to the right, Karas is under center with a fullback and a tailback in the "I" behind him. Karas takes the snap, turns and hands to Ricks, who burst through a tiny hole on the right and keeps churning for more, as he gets 3 or 4 yards, let's see, down to the 48-yard line where it will be first and ten. A gain of 3 on the play. Sepulveda and Wade on the stop.
5th Play: Setting the "green" defense; Maurice Lane and Derrick Cash are the safeties, Hart and Johnson are the corners. Garrett, Wade, and Sepulveda are the linebackers. Collier and Mann are the ends, and Stevenson and Kelley are the tackles. Karas is in the shotgun. Jontue Fears-Hayes gets the handoff on the draw, but the defense is there, led by Charles Mann, who stops the play for a loss of two back to the 50, and it'll be 2nd and 12.
6th Play: Trip receivers to the right and one receiver is to the left. Karas takes the snap from the shotgun, and under pressure, throws, just before being hit and it is INCOMPLETE, intended for Ryan Jeffrey who has the ball hit him in the hands down inside the 30 at the 28, but Jeffrey appeared to make the age-old mistake of taking that "quick glance" up field just as the ball hits him squarely in the hands, and that moment of lapse, caused the ball to fall incomplete. The throw was "right on the money" by Karas. It will be 3rd and still 12 to go, the back of the ball is touching the 50.
7th Play: Three receivers are to the left, Fears-Hayes is the running back, who is on Karas' left, who is in the shotgun. Karas looks left, then right, now calls the snap count. He takes the snap, hands off to his running back, and he gets nothing as Ethan Kelley and Kevin Stevenson are both there to stop him right at the line - he might have gotten half a yard, as the ball is between the hash marks now. It will be 4th down.
8th Play: With 6:15 remaining in the opening quarter of play, the punter will be #15 John Self. He takes the snap, there is no rush, and he boots it high into the air and into the waiting hands of Bobby Hart who fair catches the ball, just outside the 10, officially the 11 yard line, a punt of 38 yards from midfield with no return - not bad at all.
1st Play: Roberts is split wide to the left with Newhouse inside him, and Anthony Krieg inside both. Ray Harrington is wide to the right. Cicero is in the shotgun, he takes the snap, and hands off to Golden who gets 4 tough yards to the 15 before being brought down by Dominick Cravens, among others, it's 2nd and 6 to go for the first down.
2nd Play: Cicero is back in the shotgun, trip receivers left, one receiver, Harrington to the right. Cicero takes the snap and throws immediately, INCOMPLETE to Krieg behind the line on a little "dump-pass" which hits Krieg in the hands and he drops it. It'll be 3rd and 6.
3rd Play: Two receivers are left, one to the right, a TE on the left side, one back is to the right of Cicero who is in the shotgun again. Cicero takes the snap, he rolls right under some backside pursuit, and throws INCOMPLETE. The pass was intended for Roberts who had angled toward the center of the field. Coverage was tight by a #32, and now Roberts is "mimicking" throwing a flag, looking for some holding or interference, but the flag won't be coming and it will be 4th down. The pass was where it needed to be had Roberts been able to get to it, but he got held up, evidently, correctly by the defender.
4th Play: Andino is deep in punt formation, the snap is back, again no rush, and it's an end over end punt that will hit at the 40 and roll to the 50 where #16, James Whiteland, evidently, downs the ball, keeping it from rolling further down the field. It winds up being a 35-yard punt with no return.
1st Play: With the ball squarely on the mid-field stripe, Ryan Jeffrey starts into motion from the left side to the right, as Karas is under center with Ricks in the backfield. The ball is handed to Ricks who crosses the 50 coming toward the near sideline, and then stiff-arms Justin Crooks at the 47, and has room to run, getting down to the 44-yard line before being edged out of bounds, and it's a gain of 6, 2nd and 4.
2nd Play: John Martin is off the near sideline, split wide to the left, with two receivers split to the right. Karas is in the shotgun with Ricks to his right, and the TE Groth is lined up on the right. Karas takes the snap and throws quickly, COMPLETE to Luke Groth, inside the 40 at the 35. He is brought down at that point by Derrick Cash and Greg Wade. Imagine if you will, Groth line up on the right side of the line, and he just goes down 9 yards and cuts immediately right and BOOM, there's the football, as he makes the catch and continues in that parallel to the LOS pattern until he is brought down by Cash and Wade. It's a gain of 9 and a first down.
3rd Play: With 4:35 left to go in the first quarter, Martin is wide left, Jeffrey inside him, and Barbee in the slot. Karas is under center with Ricks behind him as the lone set-back. Karas takes the snap, he fakes to Ricks, now throws downfield INCOMPLETE, intended for Baylor Barbee on the right center, but the ball sails over his head, just as Maurice Lane pops him in the chest as Randy Davis sandwiches him from behind.
4th Play: Looking at 2nd and 10, Jeffrey is wide right, with two receivers left. Draa is in the slot on the near left. Karas is under center and takes the snap, he fakes a handoff, and Kevin Stevenson never slowed down as he comes through the line and wraps up Karas like a smelly fish in the New York Times Herald and dumps him on the ground back at the 42 yard line, a loss of 7 yards, making it 3rd and 17.
5th Play: Ricks is to the right of Karas who is in the shotgun. Two receivers are split left and one right. Karas takes the snap and has pursuit and throws INCOMPLETE to Baylor Barbee who had the ball go off his hands and then a terrific hit by Danielle McLean on the play provides some payment for the drop. McLean busted Barbee wide open on that play - this kid is playing like a real safety out there and he will hit you.
6th Play: The punter is back, and the snap sails over his head and all the way back inside the thirty. There is no rushing on the punts, but after the defenders saw the punt had gone over the punter's head, now here they come in pursuit. The punter picks up the wayward snapped football back around the 25, now steps forward and from his own 30 boots the football. The punt hits at the green's 30 and then bounds down the field to the 21. The distance of the punt would have been good for about a 39-yard effort, but since the LOS was the 42, it's only a 21-yard effort. Good save by the punter in that situation, however. Had he gotten a good snap and kicked it into the endzone, he would have only been a single yard better off.
1st Play: Davon Vinson will lead the green with two receivers split to the right, and one receiver split to the left. Anthony Krieg is the running back.. Vinson takes the snap from under center, fakes a handoff to Krieg going left, and rolls out to his right. He throws COMPLETE to Ray Harrington up to the 28, good for 7, and it will be 2nd and 3.
2nd Play: J Fields lines up far to the left on the far-side of the field, Newhouse is split wide to the right, and there are two TE's, Deleenheer and Williams. Krieg is the tailback and he gets the handoff by Vinson, and Krieg hits into the line, moves it forward to the 30, where it'll be 3rd down and 1 to go. Lorenzo Davis and Eric Sims on the stop, assisted by Colin Allred..
3rd Play: Vinson under center again with a two-tightend alignment, with one receiver right and one left. Vinson takes the snap, and comes this way (to his right) down the line before optioning to Krieg who breaks a tackle and now has room down the right side of the field and now gets to the 35-yard line, a gain of 5 on the play, and it's a first down for the green. The tackle was made by #91 Khari Long who came all the way across the field to make the play for the defense.
4th Play: Now we have two receivers split left, two are split right. Vinson is in the shotgun with Krieg to his left. Vinson takes the snap and throws quickly, INCOMPLETE over the head of his intended receiver, J Fields. That was to be a quick, "look-in" pass, but was too tall, and it will be 2nd and 10.
5th Play: Newhouse is wide right with Fields inside him, Harrington is wide right, and it's a draw play to Jonathan Golden, who is met and tackled by Lorenzo Davis, Colin Allred, and Jamaal Harper, was able to pick up two yards, so it will be 3rd and 8 from the 37.
6th Play: Fields is now lined up on the far side of the field, left, Harrington is inside him, also left. Newhouse is far to this side, the right. There is a TE left, and Krieg is back in at the running back spot. Vinson takes the snap, he gets pressure and throws, but the whistle blows and they call him down on a sack by Shaun Jackson who came around the left side from his RE position and "touched" Vinson between the shoulder blades before he could get the pass off. The loss is back to the 29-yard line, and it'll be 4th down.
7th Play: Fourth and 15 from the 30 now where they have marked the ball, and green will punt. Andino takes the snap, he kicks, and the ball goes nose up, then nose down and is fair-caught by Larry Bynum at the gold 34-yard line, a 36-yard punt.
1st Play: Zachry is in at QB. He has Frank Draa in the backfield with two receivers split wide right. Josh takes the snap, comes down the line, hands off to Draa, and Joe Simmons grabs Draa by the back of his jersey and holds on and finally just brings him down for a loss of three yards, back at the 31. It will be 2nd and 13 from there.
2nd Play: Frankie Draa is the running back to Zachry's left who's in the shotgun. Zachry throws INCOMPLETE to Staron Faucher who was slot right, but the ball is way under thrown, as coverage was by Sepulveda, and it will be 3rd and 13.
3rd Play: Zachry is in the shotgun, this time with Draa to his right. John Martin is split wide left, Jeffrey is wide right, with Baylor Barbee inside him in the slot. Zachry takes the snap, rolls right, and throws to his TE, Billy Crawford, COMPLETE to the right and about 15 yards up the field, where if all is in order, it will be a gold first down. Billy Crawford had been lined up tight on the left, but went down and then directly across the field, got open, then made the catch when the ball was thrown. The tackle was made by Stephen Sepulveda who drew coverage on the play, but the ball is at the 46, first down on the 15-yard pass from Zachry to Crawford.
4th Play: Draw play to Draa, who picks and chooses his way for a couple of yards, up to the 48-yard line. Ethan Kelley and Charles Mann made the tackle.
THAT'S THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER WITH OUR SCORE, GREEN 3 AND GOLD 0.
GOLD POSSESSION (CONTINUES)
5th Play: The gold team is now moving from left to right, the ball at their own 48, where it will be 2nd and 8. Zachry is under center, two receivers left, one right, and he will hand off to Draa who gets a small opening and is then brought down by MLB Greg Wade, and as they mark the ball just inside the 50, we'll call it the green 49, a gain of a short three, and it will be 3rd and a long 5, we'll call it 6.
6th Play: Zachry is in the shotgun. He's got two receivers to the left and one receiver is right. Draa is to Zachry's right. Josh takes the snap and he throws COMPLETE across the middle to his TE #96 Billy Crawford, who is going to be close to the point needed for a first down, maybe half a yard short. They mark the ball at the 45, and they need just outside the 44, and it will be 4th down. This time Greg Wade had the coverage and makes the tackle on Crawford.
7th Play: Zachry is under center as the gold will go for it on fourth down. Double TE formation, as Zachry takes the snap and seems to step back and hesitate rather than lowering his shoulder and going in. The defensive front, however, was also key as they seemed to wall up and then penetrate as a unit, and it's just not clear that Zachry could have gotten the first, anyway. Charles Mann, Joe Simmons, John Garrett, and others were all there. In any event, that will end the drive, and the green will take position.
1st Play: The ball is placed on the 46, as Zachry actually lost a yard on the previous play, and it will be 2st and 10. Newhouse lines up across the field, far to the right, Harrington will be inside him on the right, while Marques Roberts is split left. Krieg is the set-back, and the TE is on the line. Vinson, from under center, takes the snap, fakes a hand-off to Kreig, and rolls back to the left, and Kelvin Chaisson applying pressure, as Vinson goes down as he is unable to get away and it will be a sack. A loss of 10 yards back to the 36-yard line.
2nd Play: Vinson's in the shotgun with two receivers split right, and Krieg in a near-slot on the right. Then, two receivers are split left, and there is no back in the backfield, first time we've seen this formation today. Vinson takes the snap and quickly throws to Newhouse who's going across the field from the left side. He catches the ball, and now he's got running room as reverses and gets outside, and is now brought down on a sure tackle by David Schleck (5-9, 174 DB, So-Sq, Plano, #44) just outside the 40 keeping him from possibly going the distance. As it turns out, he only picks up 5 yards to the 41. It went like this - Newhouse caught the pass going from left to right, but ran into some congestion. At that point, he reversed his field and came back right, and got daylight. Schleck fought off a block and made a sure tackle to end the play, and keep what could have been a big gainer, down to five yards.
3rd Play: Jonathan Golden is now in as the set-back. Three receivers are split left, one to the right. Vinson from the shotgun takes a low snap from center. He works his way outside - he has pressure and he will throw back across his body, COMPLETE to Reggie Newhouse who makes a nice catch beyond that needed for the first down. He's inside the gold 40 to about the 37-yard line, where it is a new set of downs for the green. Newhouse had gotten farther down the field, but saw that his QB was getting into deep trouble and worked his way back towards him. Vinson saw him, threw the ball, and Newhouse took it into his stomach, and then backed up to get a few more yards on the play.
4th Play: One receiver, Robert is split to the left, Newhouse and Harrington are wide right. Williams is the TE on the right. Vinson takes the snap, hands off to Golden who is running right towards the far sideline, now he fakes a handoff to Newhouse coming left, and he's got running room to the outside. However, another sure tackle by #33 (it's not Cash, as he's on the green team with Golden) who is not listed as such on the roster provided, minimizes what again could have been a much bigger gain, to only a yard. It'll be 2nd and 9.
5th Play: Trip receivers left and one receiver right. Jonathan Evans is in the backfield. Vinson takes the snap from the shotgun, he looks to throw, and now he comes right and he's got running room, lots of it as he's got 5, 10, now 15 yards, and now down to the 20-yard line, as Kelvin Chaisson chases him out of bounds at the 20. It's a gain of 16, and one key element of the run was a clearing block by Marques Roberts about 10 yards down field on an unknown defender.
6th Play: Marques Roberts is wide right with Harrington inside him. Newhouse is split left. Vinson is under center, takes the snap, and now hands to his back, Evans who bowls into and over the tackler, #39 John Withers (5-11, 174, Fr, Denton) and gets a couple to the 18. It will be 2nd and 8 from the 18.
7th Play: Now Evans is at fullback and Krieg at tailback as they each flank Vinson, who is in the shotgun, forming a "T" across the backfield. Two receivers are right and one is left. Vinson takes the snap, and he is getting a big rush - he's going to keep it again, he steps up, and now gets running room down inside the ten to the nine, where Withers gets his second tackle in a row as he gently, deposits Vinson down on the 9. It'll be first and goal from the nine Vinson didn't get a chance to throw the ball and made a quick decision to run for it, and he got good yardage. One more second of hesitation on his part and he would have been trapped.
8th Play: Harrington is wide left standing on the numeral, 10. Roberts is wide right just outside the hash marks while Newhouse is inside him on the right, just inside the same has marks. Evans and Krieg are in the I in the backfield as Vinson is under center. Vinson takes the snap, fakes a handoff to Krieg and makes a "soft-toss" to Evans, COMPLETE, as Evans makes the grab and then uses some great foot-work to get inside the five, where he then lunges toward the goal line and falls just short at the one. It will be 2nd and goal from the 1. The tackle was made by Michael Boyd.
9th Play: Both TE's, Williams on the right and Deleenheer on the left, are in the game. Evans is lined up at fullback with Krieg behind him at tailback. Newhouse, the only receiver in the game, is wide to the right. Vinson, from under center, takes the snap, and hands to Krieg who hits a wall of defenders, leans toward the goal line, but he gets nothing, and it will be 3rd and goal.
10th Play: This time, Golden goes in at the tailback position, and Krieg takes a position in the slot, just off the rear of the TE on the right, Williams. Both TE's are in the game and there are no receivers. This looks like a Power I with Krieg in the slot to the near right. Vinson, again under center, takes the snap, fakes a handoff to Golden, and then hands the ball of to Krieg who circles around from his slot position to take the handoff and he can walk in coming this way to the left corner of the endzone. Derrick Pearcy put the sealing block on Michael Boyd, and we have our first TOUCHDOWN OF THE GAME. Green goes up on the gold, 9-0, with the point after to follow.
11th Play: Grant Callison will attempt the extra point and Lee Chandler will hold. The snap is back, the ball is down, and the kick is good as the Green extends it lead to 10-0, with 6:41 left to go in the first half of play.
1st Play: I don't think we've set the offensive line for the gold team. The left tackle is Chris Rogers, the left guard is Matt Bickel, Chris Sipes is at center, the right guard is Scott Pendleton, and the right tackle is Glen Oskin. Zachry will direct the offense. Jeffrey is split wide to the right, with John Martin inside him, in the slot (this is the near side as they go left to right), and Baylor Barbee is split wide to the left. There is a back slot left, and one back, Draa, in the backfield. Zachry takes the snap from under center, hands the ball off to Draa who will be brought down from behind by Ethan Kelley. Kelley just came around, grabbed the diminutive Draa around the legs, just below the waist, and held on until he went down. It's a gain of one, and it will be 2nd and 9.
2nd Play: Ricks is split left with the other receivers, Jeffrey and Martin, who is on the outside. Zachry takes the snap from the shotgun this time, and quickly, he's got backside pursuit and is hit and knocked down by Greg Wade for a one yard loss, so it will be 3rd and 10.
3rd Play: Barbee is split wide left, Chedrick Ricks is slot left, Zachry is in the shotgun with Draa to his left, and Martin and Jeffrey are split wide right. Zachry takes the snap, again he has pursuit, and A. C. Collier takes a swipe with his huge paw, and knocks the football out of Zachry's hand, and Zachry, without delay, pounces on the football where it lies. The loss is 5, back to the 25, and it will be 4th and 15.
4th Play: Adam Tomlinson (6-1, 203, Fr, Arlington Heights) will punt for the gold as Bobby Hart is the lone return man for the green, standing on his own 40. The snap is back and the kick is away, end over end, and Bobby Hart moves forward to make the catch at the 50-yard line, a 25-yard kick.
1st Play: With 4:48 to go in the first half, the green will have it, first and ten, the ball on the 50. Cicero will direct the offense. Shane Williams is tight on the left, three receivers are split wide right, now J Fields comes in motion to the left, leaving Newhouse and Harrington, right. Cicero fakes a handoff, steps back, now throws long, INCOMPLETE, intended for Marques Roberts, who was there, and he jumps up, and should have made the catch - I mean that's his patented play to out jump the defender, who in this case was Ahmad Rhodes, and make the catch. Roberts went up, as did Rhodes, which must have distracted Roberts and he failed to make the play. Cicero had the pass there, it was perfect, but Roberts couldn't make the grab. Rhodes had good position, but was unable to deflect the ball or otherwise do anything that would have made the play, other than create the distraction, which evidently, was enough. This all occurred at about the six yard line. It will be 2nd and 10.
2nd Play: J Fields is wide to the right, Harrington is inside him also right, Marques Roberts is on this side, split wide left. Cicero is in the shotgun with Golden, the RB, to his left. Cicero takes the snap, there is some pressure as he throws COMPLETE to Ray Harrington, who was running across the field on a corner route in the direction of the near corner of the endzone, and the pass was just beyond his normal reach, but he just reached out and brought the pass in, to make the catch. He goes down behind the momentum of his lunge, and rolls over the 35 to the 34, a 16-yard play for a green first down. (This was your play, Doc.)
3rd Play: Ray Harrington is wide right, Anthony Krieg is just inside him, also right, J Fields is wide left with Roberts to his inside. Cicero is in the shotgun with Golden to this right. Cicero takes the snap, now he pump fakes to the outside, and that causes the safety to pull off Roberts who's wide open at the five, where he makes the catch and goes in for the TOUCHDOWN. Coverage on the play was by Mike Keller, who makes a valiant effort at the end of the play to catch Roberts as he crosses the goal line and push him down from behind. Cicero makes the fake, sells it, then lays the ball right where it needs to be as Roberts takes it in stride.
4th Play: Jarod Quinn will hold and Kenny Webb, from Katy, will kick. The snap is back, the ball is down, and the kick is good, which means the Green leads the Gold, 17-0 with 4:14 remaining in the first half of play.
1st Play: From the 30, Karas will direct the offense. He has two receiver right and one receiver left, with a TE on the right. Karas takes the snap from the shotgun, hands the ball to his back Draa, who fumbles the ball as he tries to hand it off to Ricks who was coming from his position in the right slot for a reverse. The ball just seemed to land on the ground with no one, but the defense in any hurry to do anything about it, and Ethan Kelley pounces on it for the green. Charles Mann was back there with good penetration, but the exchange was the problem. Green takes over at the 25 yard line, a loss of five and a turnover by gold.
1st Play: Cicero is in the shotgun with Krieg to his right. One receiver Newhouse is left, and one receiver, Roberts is right. Williams and Deleenheer are both in the game as double TE's. Cicero leans in and takes the low snap, and now throws a high, arching pass to the right side of the endzone intended for Roberts, COMPLETE, as Roberts makes one of his patented leaps high into the air, and comes down with at least one foot in the endzone (on the sideline, about 6 or 7 yards deep in the endzone) to complete the scoring play. The play is good for 25 yards and another green TOUCHDOWN. Ahmad Rhodes had the coverage, and is getting a workout today covering Roberts. I suppose "welcome, Ahmad, to the Big 12" is in order.
2nd Play: Lee Chandler will hold and Andino will kick. It's good and the green leads the gold, 24-0.
1st Play: Guy Tomcheck will lead the gold team. He has two receivers split left and two split right, and one running back to his left, as Tomcheck is in the shotgun. He takes the snap and throws quickly to his right, COMPLETE to John Martin, good for about 7 yards. Martin was lined up on the near sideline, and when the ball snapped, just ran a straight line about three yards in bounds, pulled up, turned around, and the ball was there. Randy Davis had coverage on the play and wound up making the tackle. It will be 2nd and 3.
2nd Play: Tomcheck giving directions to his OL, is in the shotgun. He has two receivers left, one right, TE is on the left, also, and one running back. Tomcheck takes the snap and rolls left. He's got pressure coming from the backside, he throws, INCOMPLETE and almost intercepted by Bobby Hart. The intended receiver appeared to be Baylor Barbee who was at the green 47 yard line, but Tomcheck over threw him, and Hart nearly picked it off.
3rd Play: Facing third and three, two receivers are split wide left, TE Luke Groth is also tight on the left, one receiver, Martin, is wide right. Tomcheck again speaking to the OL, now pointing downfield, then to h is receivers, and back downfield. He takes the snap, he throws COMPLETE to his TE, Groth, who although covered up with Stephen Sepulveda and Greg Wade and all over him, makes the grab, outside the 40, up to the 42, where it will be a first and ten. Wade gets credited with the tackle.
4th Play: One receiver right and one is split left. Both TE's are in the game, and there is one tailback, Faucher. Tomcheck, from under center, takes what appears to be a "snap in slow-motion." The hand off is made to the running back, but Sepulveda sticks his head in to see what's going on, and makes the stop. It's a loss of one on the play, and it will be 2nd and 11, the ball is on the 41.
5th Play: Trip-receivers are to the right, Martin outside, Jeffrey inside him, and Barbee inside both. Faucher is to Tomcheck's right, who is in the shotgun. The TE is lined up on the left side of the line. Tomcheck takes the snap, he throws INCOMPLETE to Groth on the left side. This appeared to be a screen to the TE on the left side, as the TE drifted back, but several defenders drifted back with him, so evidently Tomcheck just threw it away, sailing it about four feet over Groth's head, so it's 3rd and 11.
6th Play: Sepulveda comes off the field as the green shifts to nickel, or what they call penny coverage with 5 defensive backs, Cash shifting to a roving linebacker, lining up to this side on the outside left. Tomcheck hands off to the RB, Draa who runs tough up the right side, breaking a couple of tackles in the process, before Maurice Lane brings him down after a gain of 7, to the 48, on that delay- draw. I think the defense was looking pass, so the draw caught them off-guard. Then, Frankie Draa, with his size, has the ability to be hidden by his linemen, as well as those defenders who got penetration on the play. Then, by the time any defender got a shot at him, it wasn't their "best shot" if you know what I mean. It's 4th down and 4.
7th Play: With only 1:40 left to go in the half, the gold will go for the first on fourth down. Martin is split wide to the right, Jeffrey is wide left, Draa is the lone set-back, and both TE's, Groth on the right and Crawford on the left. Now, it just appears this is going to be an attempt to pull the defense offsides, and they are having none of it, so they call time out and will punt. John Self is deep, takes the snap, kicks the ball, not too pretty, but very effective as it turns out as it gets inside the 20, all the way down to the 11-yard line. Self gets 41 yards on the punt, and 41 "effective" yards. He could have punted it into the endzone and got 52 yards, but only 32 "effective yards." Nice punt.
1st Play: With 1:28 left and the green on their own 11, two receivers are right and two are left. Vinson is in the shotgun with Golden on his right. Vinson takes the snap, throws right, COMPLETE to Anthony Krieg, who is then hit and brought down by #52, LB James Irwin, but only after he gains 9. Krieg was lined up in the right slot on the play. It will be 2nd and 1 as the clock rolls.
2nd Play: Same set, same call, Vinson will throw, INCOMPLETE, intended for Krieg again, this time more in the middle of the field, and the throw was there, but Krieg couldn't hold on. It will be 3rd and 1, but they do stop the clock.
3rd Play: Formation remains the same, no substitutions, but this time it's a DRAW to Golden who runs hard for a gain of 4 out to the 24, and it's a green first down.
4th Play: Same formation again, and again, Vinson is in the shotgun, Newhouse and Krieg are right and Roberts and Harrington are left. Vinson will throw long, COMPLETE to Reggie Newhouse down the middle of the field as Newhouse was headed for the goal post, and had the ball had enough on it, we'd be looking at Newhouse celebrating in the endzone. As it was, after the slow-up, the defender on the play, was able to make the tackle after the catch.
5th Play: With only one timeout remaining and only 30 seconds on the clock, the green hurries to the line of scrimmage at the 29. Two . . . never mind now, as Vinson spikes the ball to stop the clock. It will be 2nd and 10.
6th Play: Two receivers are split left, one receiver split right, Kreig in the slot to the right, and Golden is the RB to the QB's right, who is in the shotgun. Vinson takes the snap and throws quickly to Newhouse on a "look-in", outside right, but the play is sniffed out by Josh Arnold (5-8, 190, Fr, Round Rock) and he makes the tackle for a one yard loss back to the 30, but more importantly, it makes the green use that last time out now with only 26 seconds left on what appears to be a "slow clock."
7th Play: Two receivers are right, two are left, Golden is in the backfield with Vinson in the shotgun. Vinson takes the snap, about knee high, and he throws left, INCOMPLETE. The pass was intended for Marques Roberts coming down the near sideline, but the pass is under thrown as Roberts had gotten down to the 16, but the ball hit the dirt at the 20. Coverage on the play was by DB Blake Wright (5-10, 162, Fr, Richardson), which brings up a point. I'm not sure who all is out there on defense right now, but it appears that the gold is giving the green team every opportunity to score by putting some "no-name" defenders out there, but these guys are not letting the plan succeed, which is a great credit to them. They are definitely putting forth an attitude and demeanor their "scholarship counterparts" should adopt.
8th Play: With only 22 seconds left on the clock, and facing 4th and 11 at the gold 30, the green team will attempt a 47-yard field goal. Grant Callison will attempt the kick. The snap is back, the ball is down, and it is no good. The holder had trouble getting the ball in place, so Callison had to interrupt his motion, and when he kicked it, just didn't have near enough leg into it, and it fell woefully short.
1st Play: From their own 30, it will be first down for the gold with 16 seconds left on the clock. Tomcheck is under center, takes the snap, and simply drops to one knee and you can put the first half of this 2002 Spring Game Scrimmage in the can. The green lead it, 24-0.
1st Play: The gold will be moving from right to left from their own 30-yard line, with Karas at QB. He is under center with two receivers split right, and both TE's, Crawford to the right and Groth to the left, are in the game, with one running back Karas takes the snap, steps back and throws COMPLETE to his TE, Billy Crawford on the right side, who makes a nice catch over his head, and brings the ball down and is tackled at that spot by the two defenders Sepulveda with an assist by Hart. It's a gain of 9, out beyond the 38, bringing up a 2nd and 1.
2nd Play: Karas is under center again, this time he takes the snap and hands the ball to Anthony Evans who bulls his way over the right guard and gets two yards to the 41, where it will be a first down. Ethan Kelley gets credit for the stop, although several were there.
3rd Play: Trip-receivers left and one receiver is right. There is another hand-off to Evans, but whistles blow just as the play gets underway. There is illegal procedure against the offense, so we'll do this play again. First and fifteen now as Baylor Barbee is split wide to the right, Martin is wide left, Jeffrey is just inside Martin, with Frankie Draa is slot left about five yards off the end of the OL and back. Evans is the back, lined up to Karas' right, who is in the shotgun. Karas takes the snap, steps back, now gets pressure and throws . . . INTERCEPTED by Bobby Hart who picks the ball off at his own 45-yard line and is now racing down the sidelines to the 20, the 15, and down to the 12-yard line. The pass was too high for the intended receiver Draa, and was summarily picked off by Hart, who, with a convoy of blockers coming down the near side line, got the long return. The return is for 43 yards and sets the green up at the gold 12-yard line.
1st Play: Jonathan Golden will be the tailback to Vinson's right, who's in the shotgun. Roberts is wide to the right with Newhouse slot right, Ray Harrington is wide left, with Krieg inside him, slot left. Vinson fakes to Golden, then runs to his right, now hands off to Newhouse, who hands off to Krieg on the reverse. Krieg has running room coming to the near side, and down to the 6-yard line before being hit and stopped by LB Jamaal Harper. He gets 6, it'll be 2nd and 4.
2nd Play: One receiver, Roberts is split wide right, Newhouse is wide left, and both TE's are in the game. Vinson is under center where he takes the snap, hands to Golden who stammers and stutters, looking for a hole, which finally, in the form of Jamaal Harper, again, comes up to meet and greet him for no gain at the line of scrimmage. It will be 3rd and 4.
3rd Play: Roberts is wide right, Newhouse wide left, Golden is the RB. Vinson evidently changing the play as he walks back and forth behind his line yelling signals, now goes back under center. Vinson takes the snap, steps back, fakes a handoff to Golden, runs out now to his left, pulls up, and after pressure by Dominick Cravens, makes a gentle "over the top" toss, COMPLETE to his TE, Shane Williams, behind the line of scrimmage at the 12, then Williams makes something happen by moving the ball about four yards to the 8, but is brought down there, for a net loss of two yards. It will be 4th and 6 from the 8. Tyler Lindstrom makes the tackle on Williams.
4th Play: Chandler will hold, and #9, in white jersey, will do the kicking. The snap is back, the ball is down, the kick is no good, as it is off to the left. The score will remain the same, 24-0.
1st Play: That means the gold will take over at its own 30, even though the ball went over, and it should probably be set at the 20. Mark Murphy (6-2, 180, Fr, Kingwood) is the QB. Barbee is split wide to the right, with Chedrick Ricks inside him in the slot. Martin and Jeffrey are split left. Jonathan Evans has now evidently switched jerseys and is playing for the gold team. Murphy hands the ball to Evans, but Collier is there to meet him at the LOS, and there is no gain, so it'll be 2nd and 10.
2nd Play: Now a #37 is split wide left, Jeffrey is wide right, one back, Evans in the backfield, and both TE's are in the game. Murphy takes the snap, hands off to Evans who blasts into the middle of the line and picks up four before being brought down by several defenders. Greg Wade, AC Collier, Danielle McLean, among others on the stop. It will be 3rd and 6. Evans went right between his guard and tackle on the right side of the line.
3rd Play: Murphy in the shotgun now with two receivers split wide right, one receiver wide left, a TE is on the right, and one back in the backfield to his left. He takes the snap, he throws INCOMPLETE, intended for Jon Goodier (6-3, 193, So, Kingwood), but Danielle McLean had the coverage and deflected the ball before Goodier could make the reception. It'll be 4th down.
4th Play: The punter will be Matt Tritsch, who takes the snap, steps into the ball, and kicks it. The ball goes high into the air and fair caught by Hart at his own 22-yard line, about a 44 yard punt. There was no rush. By the way, I have just noticed that the time clock is running continuously, most likely in an effort to avoid some weather which may be on its way.
1st Play: Cicero is back in at QB. The green are at their own 22. Trip-receivers right, one receiver, Krieg to the left, Cicero takes the snap, now "spits" a lateral pass to Harrington, who looks to throw, but I'll tell you what. The defender on the play, DB John Withers (5-11, 174, Denton), quickly figures out what is going on, makes a bead-line on Harrington, and he has to eat the ball back at the 16, a 6-yard loss. It will be 2nd and 16.
2nd Play: Cicero operating from the shotgun, has a running back to this left and another to his right in that "T" formation. One receiver is left, one is right, and one TE in the game. Cicero takes the snap, takes another step back, and throws COMPLETE to Marques Roberts to his left, who makes the catch at the 31, then works free, gets past the 36, then out to about the 38-yard line, where it will be a green first down. The pass was right on the money, and then Roberts made an excellent run after the catch. Colin Allred and John Withers make the stop, but the gain is a good one of 22 yards.
3rd Play: Same "T" formation in the backfield, two receivers right, one left. Cicero takes the snap, hands the ball off to Golden who leans into the line and gets about four yards on the carry up the middle. Mike Gary on the tackle for the gold, and it will be 2nd and 6 at the 42.
4th Play: Cicero goes under center with two receivers right and one is left. He's got a TE on the right with one running back behind him. Cicero takes the snap, rolls left, and now heavy pressure comes from the backside in the form of Shaun Jackson, and he will be sacked back at the 32-yard line, a loss of ten on the play. That will make it 3rd and 16 from the 32.
5th Play: Two receivers are split wide left, Newhouse and Fields, with Anthony Krieg on the inside slot-left. Golden is on Cicero's right, who is in the shotgun. Harrington is wide right. Cicero takes the snap, throws across the middle, INTERCEPTED by #20, Kevin Goodnight (5-9, 186, So, Temple), who takes off from the 45, the 40, the 35, the 30, the 25, and down to the 23-yard line, where he is finally brought down by Quintin Outland. It will be the gold team's ball, first and ten at the 23.
1st Play: This certainly sets the gold up, and at the same time puts the green defense's back against the wall. Zachry is in the shotgun with two receivers right and one left, and two backs, Faucher on his left and Draa on his right. Zachry takes the handoff and gives the ball to Faucher, who picks up one before being brought down by John Garrett. It will be 2nd and 9.
2nd Play: Ryan Jeffrey is wide left, Barbee is inside him, with Martin wide to the right. Zachry fakes a handoff, now rolls out to this left, and throws COMPLETE to John Martin, in stride, running horizontally at the 12-yard line. However, there is a flag on the play. The call is ineligible receiver downfield, so we will do this play, again. The ball is at the 27, so it's 2nd and 14. Zachry takes the snap, runs to his right, but Ethan Kelley, in hot pursuit, brushes him rudely with both hands, getting the sack back at the 33-yard line, a loss of 6 more yards, so it will be 3rd and 20, and Zachry never had a chance, as Kelley came through the line, virtually unblemished to get the sack.
3rd Play: John Martin is split wide to the right, with Jeffrey inside him, and Ricks inside both. Zachry is in the shotgun, takes the snap, he steps up into the pocket and he has time, as he throws COMPLETE to Ryan Jeffrey who takes the ball on a slant, gets inside the 20, and is brought down by Derrick Cash, who grabs his facemask, causing yellow flags to bloom everywhere. This will be tacked onto the end of the play, and will be a half the distance penalty, making it a first down for the gold team at the green 8 yard line. The play was good to the 17 (16 yards), then the penalty was added to that. They place the ball down just outside the 8.
4th Play: First and goal at the 8, as Ricks is at tailback and Jonathan Evans in front of him at fullback. There is one receiver left, and both TE's are in the game. Ricks gets the handoff, and follows big #45 Jonathan Evans into and through the line, he lowers his head, and churns his feet as defenders begin hopping on his back, hoping for only a short ride, and get a trip. Ricks pushes and pushes, toting defenders on his back and gets all the way down to the one. Ricks didn't really get hit until he reached the six, and then slowed to almost a stop at the five, but then, as players jumped on him, the pile began to move. That's the most excited I've been all day. It will be 2nd and goal from the 1.
5th Play: The formation remains the same. The give again is to Ricks, but this time, Ethan Kelley followed by John Garrett hit Ricks just as he hits the LOS, and he only goes down. It will be 3rd and 1.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER
6th Play: Third and one, the pitch-out is to Chedrick Ricks, who mishandles the football, fumbles it, and then falls on it back at the 6. The pitch was a good one and hit Ricks right in the hands, but a moment's lack of concentration and a running back can go from hero to go in just a couple of plays. The gold will attempt a field goal on fourth down.
7th Play: 11:39 left to go in the game, and it is a continuous clock. Now with 11:27 to, the ball is back, the kick is up, and it is good. The kicker was #10 Chris Loudermilk (5-10, 187, Fr, Georgetown), and the gold gets on the scoreboard. The score is green 24, gold 3.
1st Play: Moving from right to left now, the green has Vinson as its QB at his 30. Two receivers are right, one is left, one TE is in the game, and there is one running back. Vinson takes the snap, throws right, COMPLETE to Newhouse, out at the 37 yard line. Newhouse, on a down-and-out pattern, snags the pass 7-yards up field just before going out of bounds. It will be 2nd and 3.
2nd Play: Marques Roberts comes wide to the left, with Newhouse slotted left, and Harrington is wide to the right. Familiar "T" in the backfield with Vinson in the shotgun, splitting his two running backs. Vinson takes the waist high snap, feeds the ball to Golden, who runs hard, keeping his legs and feet churning, as he gets 5 yards up to the 42. First and ten.
3rd Play: Vinson again in the shotgun with Golden to his left, two receivers left, one receiver right, and one TE playing on the left side. Vinson rolls out to his left and throws COMPLETE to Newhouse on another short, side-line pattern, just across the 47, to the 48 yard line, a gain of 6, and it will be 2nd and 4. Kevin Goodnight defending on the play.
4th Play: Vinson now takes the snap from under center, fakes the handoff to Golden, then rolls out to his right and throws INCOMPLETE, intended for Anthony Krieg who had been slot right. Khari Long defended the play, first by covering Krieg on the short ground, then releasing off him to pressure Vinson when Vinson got to an area where he could either run or pass. Vinson puts enough on the lobbed pass to get it over Long's head, but not enough to get to Krieg, and the ball falls short, incomplete. It will be 3rd and 4. Very nice defense by Khari Long.
5th Play: Newhouse is wide right, Harrington just inside him and back off the line in the slot, and Roberts is wide left. Chris DeLeenHeer is tight on the left side of the line. Vinson is in the shotgun with Golden to his left. Vinson takes the snap, and throws quickly, INCOMPLETE, intended for DeLeenHeer in the flat on the left side, but slightly behind him, out of reach. It will be 4th down, and the green team will punt.
6th Play: Andino will punt it for the green, the line of scrimmage is the green 48. The ball noses up, then noses down and is fair caught by Larry Bynum on the 17 yard line, a 35-yard punt with no return, of course.
1st Play: Chris Neilson (6-0, 197, So, Amarillo) is in at QB. He's got two receivers split wide right, one receiver split left, a TE and one tailback, Faucher. Chris takes the snap from under center, steps to his right and hands the ball to Faucher, but Kevin Stevenson is right there to drop the back for a one-yard loss, which will make it 2nd and 11 from the 16.
2nd Play: We must be playing "revolving QB's" as there is a new QB in the game now - it's Mark Murphy. Murphy takes the snap, fades back to pass, but now he will run, but is hit, drops the ball, and it is recovered by #9 Jon Goodier. The second bit of "good news" is that with the run by Murphy and the ensuing fumble, there was a pick-up on the play of 9 total yards to the 25, where it will be 3rd and 2.
3rd Play: New QB, #4 Ryan Frazier (6-0, 199, Fr, Klein) is in the game. One receiver right, one receiver left, two tight ends in the game, with a lone tailback in the backfield, Jonathan Evans. Frazier from under center, takes the snap, hands the ball to Evans, but he is going nowhere as he meets most of the defensive front who forms about a 7-man greeting committee. Matt Johnson gets a laugh from the crowd as he leaves his feet, and gives everyone a gook look at his cleats as he dives over the top of the pile. It will be 4th down and the gold will punt, as Evans can only get a yard to the 26.
4th Play: John Self will punt for the gold team. He kicks the football end over end, and the ball hits the ground at the green 43 and dies a natural death after a one-yard roll to the green 42-yard line, a short kick of only 36 yards.
1st Play: Mitch Pruitt, #17 (5-10, 192, So-Tr, Euless, TX) enters the game at QB. Fields and Harrington are split wide to the left, Newhouse is split wide left, Krieg is the running back. Pruitt takes the snap, now gives to Krieg who runs left, now gets outside, then cuts it up field and has 5, 10, now 12 yards to the gold 46-yard line. It's a green first down.
2nd Play: Now Jontue Fears-Hayes has switched jerseys, and he will play for the green and lines up as the full-back in front of Krieg, the tailback. Two receivers are right and one is left. Pruitt takes the snap from under center and hands it off to Anthony Krieg, who stutter-steps, now gets away, heads up the field, and will be hit and brought down by Dominick Cravens, but not until he gets 7 to the 39-yard line. It will be 2nd and 3 to go for the first down.
3rd Play: Two receivers right, one left, Pruitt takes the snap from under center, trips and almost falls as he hands the ball to Krieg again, and Krieg's got running room, and completely runs over the defender Mike Keller, who does make the tackle, but from underneath as Anthony Krieg plows forward. He gets the first down with room to spare, as he is down at the 27, a gain of 12 yards on the play.
4th Play: Pruitt is under center with a fullback and a tailback behind him. Krieg gets the ball again, lunges forward, but will only pick up a yard to the 26, so it will be 2nd and 9. Lorenzo Davis and Michael Gary made the tackle on Krieg.
5th Play: With 3:48 left to go in the game, Pruitt is now in the shotgun and throws an INTERCEPTION by #31 Jonathan Habecker (6-1, 208, Fr, Addison) who is running free down the near side-line. J Fields, the intended receiver is in pursuit, but Habecker pulls away, and oh a little push at the 24, in Field's back by Khari Long, sends Fields' down and a yellow flag blooms again, as Habecker is free to the 20, the 15, 10, 5, TOUCHDOWN, but it looks as though it will come back. Nope, Coach Steele steps toward the official from the green-near sideline, and tells him to wave it off and let him have his touchdown. So, with a little help, the gold team scores its only touchdown of the day, making the score 24-9.
6th Play: Kenny Webb, from the green team, will come onto the field to kick the extra point for the gold team. The snap is back, the ball is down, the kick is up, and it is good, as the score is now green 24 and the gold 10.
1st Play: Vinson is the QB and Jontue Fears-Hayes is the running back. One receiver, Harrington is right, trip receivers left. Vinson takes the snap and hands it to Jontue who gets running room on the delay and picks up 9 yards, making it 2nd and 1 from the green 39. Mike Keller and Josh Arnold on the stop.
2nd Play: Vinson is in the shotgun with three receivers to the right, and one, Roberts, left. He takes the snap and rolls left and throws COMPLETE to Roberts, who's immediately hit and brought down by about four defenders, but he's got the first down at the 49. LB Mark Gurgiolo (6-1, 195, So, Colleyville) along with three others, makes the tackle on Roberts.
3rd Play: Ray Harrington is split wide to the left, Roberts wide to the right, with Newhouse inside him in the slot-right. Jonathan Golden is inside, slot-right. Vinson takes the snap and hands the ball to Jontue Fears-Hayes who takes a cue from Krieg and runs over LB Jason Haddock (509, 178, Sr-Sq, Marble Falls) and then is tackled by LB James Irwin (6-1, 215, So, Crawford), after a short gain of three yards. The ball is at the 48, where it will be 2nd and 7. with 1:57 to go, and they call a timeout to stop the clock.
4th Play: Vinson is in the shotgun, Harrington wide right, Golden is slot right, Roberts is wide left with Newhouse slot-left. Fears-Hayes is set to the right of Vinson, who takes the low snap, stands up and throws COMPLETE to the left to Marques Roberts, who goes to one knee after making the catch at the 42 yard line where it will be 3rd and 1, and Roberts, with a spin and lunge, could have gotten a first.
5th Play: Green is in a hurry as there is only 1:49 left to go and the clock is ticking away. Vinson takes the snap, it's a draw to Fears-Hayes, but Dominick Cravens and James Irwin aren't fooled a little bit and bring him down for a loss of 5, back to the 47, and it will be 4th and 6, so they have to call a timeout to stop the clock.
6th Play: Vinson takes the snap from the shotgun, he "stutter-steps" and now gets away from pursuit, rolling to his right and throws INCOMPLETE, low and at the feet of his intended receiver, Jonathan Golden, and the ball goes over on downs to the gold with only 59 ticks left on the clock.
1st Play: Karas will be the final director of the gold. He's got his running back, Jonathan Evans, who has switched jerseys again, on his right as he is in the shotgun. Two receivers are right and two are left. Karas takes the snap, fakes a throw, and is going to be hit and dropped by Eric Jackson with an assist by Charles Mann, and its a loss of 10 back to the 20, where it will be 2nd and 20.
2nd Play: There are 29 seconds left. Karas is in the shotgun. Karas takes the snap, steps back under pressure by Mann, and throws COMPLETE to Ryan Jeffrey, a nice pass all the way up to the 41 yard line, good for 21 yards and a first down. Bobby Hart had the coverage, but Karas and Jeffrey hooked up.
3rd Play: Evans to Karas' right, one receiver right, Martin, and "trips" to the left. Karas takes the snap, and here comes the rush, but he steps forward, and is free. Karas now trots to his left, looking downfield, and throws, but he has crossed the line of scrimmage. No matter as his pass intended for Martin is incomplete, and that's the end of the scrimmage. Final score is Green Team 24 and Gold Team 10.