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Falcons run 129 plays in football scrimmage (3-29-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 29 March 2014 17:44
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Bowling Green's Isaiah Gourdine (center) tackles teammate Roger Lewis as Teo Redding looks on during their scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Perry Fieldhouse. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The weather forced the Bowling Green football Falcons indoors Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t slow them down.
The Falcons ran 129 plays in just under 75 minutes at Perry Field House in their second scrimmage of the spring.
‘‘We were faster. We still had a lot of penalties which is disappointing. That has to do with a lot of people playing, and you are getting a lot of evaluations of a lot of guys,’’ BG head coach Dino Babers said about the difference from the previous week’s scrimmage at Perry Stadium.
‘‘The defense really won the last scrimmage. This scrimmage was balanced,’’ Babers continued. ‘‘We have a really, really good defense. We need an offense to come along and match the expertise of that defense.’’
Matt Johnson threw two touchdown passes to Chris Pohlman and one each to Gehrig Dieter, Teo Redding, and Heath Jackson. James Knapke hit Roger Lewis for a long scoring pass down the right sideline, and Travis Greene ran for a score.
‘‘They are starting to figure it out, but there is still a long way to go,’’ Babers said. ‘‘They are starting to figure out the little things they need to do to make us move even faster.
‘‘Some guys are still making elementary school mistakes. We need to get them into college real quick. Other than that, I thought it went really well.’’
The Falcons will be working with two new interior offensive linemen as Dominic Flewellyn (left guard) and David ‘Chief’ Kekuewa (center) have completed their eligibility.
Alex Huettel, a two-year starter at right guard, has moved to center.
‘‘I like it. I played it all through high school. It was something that even before coach Babers (got here) when coach (Dave) Clawson was here, they got me ready for it,’’ Huettel, a redshirt junior, said. ‘‘I like being the guy. Everybody wants to be a leader, and playing center that’s your role. I love having that title.’’
Ben Stewart worked at left guard and Ryan Hunter was at right guard with the first unit. Darion Delaney and Clark Clancy worked at guard with the second unit. Hunter has also played center.
“They are breaking themselves in without us. They all want it,’’ Huettel said about the new guards. ‘‘Everybody is battling. It’s a good competition.
‘‘Everybody is really hungry with the success we had last year; everybody wants another piece of that.’’
Huettel said with the quicker pace of the offense, there is not that much time to make line calls. If calls are made, it’s usually between the center and the guard.
The biggest concerns for the linemen are: ‘‘hearing the plays, comprehending it, and still going out to execute,’’ Huettel said.
“Our favorite isn’t the run, unless it’s to the fridge,’’ he added. ‘‘Mentally it’s comprehending it, and physically it’s endurance.’’
The line played better in Saturday’s scrimmage than the previous week, Huettel said.
‘‘We just got after it with each other,’’ Huettel said.
For Johnson, as long as he gets the snaps he’s happy.
‘‘At the speed that we’re going, I don’t even know who is in at the guard position to be honest,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘We’re trying to mix and match and find the right guys.’’
‘‘Those guys are going to be all mixed up. We have a bunch of guys out with injuries in that group,’’ Babers said about the offensive line. ‘‘It depends on everybody being healthy before you really get to figure out who is going to play where.
‘‘They just need to keep battling and keep doing things. We’ll figure out who the best five guys are and we’ll get them out there on the football field.’’
The spring game is April 5 starting at noon in Perry Stadium.
Babers said there are not enough healthy players to make two teams so it will be offense against defense for a set amount of plays.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:23
 

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