After a successful return to Class 4A in 2006, the Saginaw Boswell Pioneers are in a bit of a rebuilding mode after last season's 8-3 finish. Head Coach John Abendschan's squad must replace 17 starters who have graduated and that in of itself poses a huge challenge. The Pioneers capped off spring workouts with their annual Blue-White Game at Pioneer Stadium in Saginaw. The format of the game was very similar to Oklahoma's spring format with the white team being the offense and the blue team being the defense.
Early on the Blue Defense set the tone as DE Daniel Radke and DL Ryan Applewhite spent a lot of time in the backfield, while DB Emeka Ekuwulgo showed great speed and ability to play the run from the secondary as they kept sophomore sensation RB Dante' Lipscomb in check. Backup DB Austin Campbell chipped in an INT late in the first quarter to help the Blue cause. Both White Team QB's (Daniel Harrist and Quinton Gregory) finally got things rolling late in the half as Justin Fritch, Michael Shuford and Brent Rachall were favorite targets in the first half. However the White Team was unable to crack the end zone.
The White offense was able to get rolling in the second half as junior RB Terrell Jones broke off a sensational 52 yard touchdown scamper which seemed to ignite the White Team. The next possessin Harrist showed some impressive quickness scoring on a 17 yard touchdown gallop. Late in the scrimmage the final touchdown was scored as Shuford caught a pretty pass from Harrist for a 37 yard touchdown. The final score ended 46-17 White Team, with most of the points coming on plays of 20 yards or more or two consecutive first downs etc. in the modified scoring system.
Heading into 2007, youth is the word for Boswell and fans may have to exercise patience but I expect Boswell if they stay 4A to be a solid program for years to come as their JV squad also looked strong. Look for BHS to struggle some mainly on the offensive and defensive line as a lack of size is a concern.