April 5, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University football team conducted its first full-contact scrimmage of the spring on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium. The nearly 50-play affair lasted approximately two hours.
"I think we did a very good job of being focused and intense throughout the scrimmage," said head coach Joe Moglia. "We have improved a reasonable amount in the three weeks of practice this spring. As far as I am concerned, we had a good scrimmage.
"We don't have contact very much in the spring and when we do, we try to be selective about what we do. The first and second units got roughly 48 snaps which for us is a lot, but I don't think anybody was worn out today. Overall, I felt pretty good about the physicality of today's scrimmage."
After starting the scrimmage with position specific drills, the skill players came together for 7v7 drills, while the offensive and defensive linemen spent the segment working on 1-on-1 blocking.
The scrimmage part of the practice started with quarterback Alex Ross leading the first team offense against linebacker Quinn Backus and the first team defense from the offense's 25-yard line. The defense flexed its muscle early and forced a quick 3-and-out. The second offensive unit, under the direction of Michael Church, then took the field against the second team defense. Osharmar Abercrombie highlighted the series with a 15-yard run up the middle on second down. However, the defense held firm and forced a punt.
The `ones' returned to the field for the next series. Ross started the possession with a first-down run, but was intercepted by Kamron Summers two plays later. The ensuing series saw the second defensive unit force a quick 3-and-out.
The top units then returned to the field with the ball placed on the defense's 40-yard line. On the second play of the drive De'Angelo Henderson showed his quickness as he caught the edge and burst down the sideline for a 25-yard gain. Four plays later Ross handed the ball to Henderson at the two and the rising sophomore did the rest, finding the end zone for the first score of the afternoon.
Following a kickoff, Church and the second unit offense took over at their own 28-yard line needing 72 yards to paydirt. Church immediately connected with Trey Gattison for a first down. A defensive pass interference call two plays later then gave the offense a first down at the defense's 40. A few plays later, Church found Chris Jones in the end zone for a 19-yard score.
The next team segment featured Church quarterbacking a mix of first and second unit players from the 50-yard line against an equally mixed defensive unit. Church found Bruce Mapp down the sideline for 30 yards on the opening play of the drive. Two plays later the duo hooked up again for an 18-yard score.
The final team drive was quarterbacked by local product Tyler Keane leading the second offensive unit against the second defensive unit from the defense's 40-yard line. Following a 13-yard run by Kenneth Daniels, Keane connected on a pass to Gattison down to the three-yard line. However, a holding call and a mishandled snap moved the ball back to the 26-yard line. The defense held firm and forced the offense to settle for an Alex Catron 36-yard field goal.
The scrimmage concluded with a 7v7 segment featuring the reserve and tryout players.