McDonald's INT highlights 1st half

After a half of play at the Browns Family Day intrasquad scrimmage, the offenses weren't providing much excitement. That responsibility fell on Browns defensive back Brandon McDonald, who provided the lone highlight.

CLEVELAND—The first half of the Brown and White scrimmage provided very little offense, but was highlighted by Brandon McDonald's interception return for a touchdown after he stepped in front of Syndric Steptoe on a pass by rookie Colt McCoy with 1:27 to play in the first half to give the Brown Team a 7-3 lead.

The White Team had taken a 3-0 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Phil Dawson in the first quarter.

The Brown Team had the ball first. Jerome Harrison took the first carry for one yard and then Jake Delhomme threw to Mohamed Massaquoi for five yards. Delhomme then threw to Massaquoi to the 41 for 15 yards and a first down. After a dropped pass by Harrison, Delhomme hit Robiskie on third down for four yards. Delhomme was 3-of-4 for 25 yards and one drop in the first possession.

The White scored first as Phil Dawson hit a 48-yard field goal with 1:58 to play in the first quarter. After starting at their own 21, the White team moved to the Brown Team 31 before stalling. On the first play from scrimmage, Josh Cribbs took the first snap and looked as though he was going to pass, but ended up tucking the ball and scrambling for 14 yards.

Seneca Wallace threw to Bobby Engram for six yards on his first pass, but since they weren't tackling, Wallace might've been sacked by Nick Sorenson as he touched Wallace. Wallace hit Engram for four yards for a first down and then he threw short to Chris Jennings  to the 49.

Rookie Clifton Geathers was flagged for a late hit which moved the ball to the Brown Team 36.  A pass to Evan Moore moved the ball to the 29. On third-and- 3, Jennings lost two yards as Ray Ventrone made the stop. Dawson then hit the field goal. Wallace was 4-of-5 for 20 yards.

After the score, the Brown Team started at their own 24 after a return by Joe Haden. Delhomme threw to Chansi Stuckey for 17 yards to the 43 and then a four yard pass to Harrison to the 47 to end the first quarter. Delhomme was 5-of-6 for 46 yards in the first half.

Brett Ratliff started the second quarter in relief of Delhomme for the Brown Team and hit for Harrison for 10 yards. On his second pass attempt, linebacker Blake Constanzo intercepted the pass at the 32.

On his next possession, Ratliff and the Brown Team were three-and-out with a seven yard completion to Stuckey.

McCoy's first pass in relief of Wallace for the White Team was incomplete to Jennings.  He was sacked on second down to the 26. On third-and-16, he had a short completion to Jennings.

On the White Team's second possession starting at the 23, Cribbs took direct snap for one. McCoy threw to Steptoe for eight yards to the 32. McCoy threw to Moore down field , but McCoy was ruled sacked back at the 25 by Eric Barton.

McCoy was intercepted on the next possession by McDonald, who stepped in front of Steptoe and returned it close to 35 yards for the touchdown with 1:27 to play to make it 7-3 for the Brown Team.

On the Brown Teams third offense that started at their 34, James Davis took the direct snap and went 66 yards for the touchdown, but Ben Watson was called for holding to negate the run and move back to the 24. After a short completion and an incompletion, Ratliff was sacked. He was 3-of-7 for 19 yards, including an interception.

The Brown Team took over with 2:12 to play at their 20, after a short pass y McCoy to Jennings for two yards, Barton was called for a face mask to the 27.

Trying to move in the final 1:20 after the interception, McCoy hit Engram for nine yards to the 40. The next pass was batted down by Titus Adams.

On third-and- 7, McCoy thew to Cribbs for eight yards and a first down to the 47 with 12 seconds left.  On the final play of the half, McCoy thew to the endzone and was intercepted by DeAngelo Smith. Unoffically, McCoy was 7-of-12 for 31 yards and two interceptions.


Big Mac: DB Brandon McDonald was replaced by Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden in the rotation but he made his presence felt with an interception and a batted down pass in the first half.

Barton Barking: LB Eric Barton had a sack and was also called for a face mask penalty in his first action since suffering a season-ending neck injury last season.

Haden Returning: No. 1 pick Joe Haden was the kickoff return man for the Brown and returned one to the 24.

The Coaches:  The White Team as coach by quarterback coach Carl Smith, while the Brown Team was coached by special teams coordinator Brad Seely

Hardesty Sighting: Rookie RB Montario Hardesty was on the white sidelines with a wrap on his right knee. Other players not playing for the White team were DL Shaun Rogers (ankle) and RB Peyton Hillis (leg) . On the Brown sidelines inactive were LB David Bowens (leg), OL Joel Reinders (right foot), C.J. Mosley, LB Titus Brown and DL Brian Schaefering. P Dave Zastudil was not seen.

Roster Move: DB John Bowie was signed to take the place of DB Chris Roberson was placed on injured reserve. Bowie was with the Browns in the off-season, but released before training camp. Bowie was with the Raiders the previous three seasons. He wears No. 36.

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