Line play keys Orange victory in BG's spring game (4-12-13)
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor
Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:09
The importance of strong offensive and defensive lines was illustrated Friday evening during the Bowling Green State University spring football game.
|Ryland Ward (15) tackles Andre Givens during the BGSU spring game Friday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Orange had the more experienced linemen on both sides of the ball and that advantage keyed a 34-7 victory at Perry Stadium.
The teams were selected in a player draft Thursday with offensive guard Dominic Flewellyn picking the Orange team and linebacker Paul Swan selecting the White team.
‘‘I was able to grab a couple of offensive linemen ... I knew I had to grab defensive linemen quick before they were gone,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘It was like our starting offensive line, maybe against the twos and the starting defensive line for the Orange team against the two offensive line.
‘‘I think we had pretty much of a little advantage in that area and it came through for us,’’ he continued. ‘‘We just came out and played good football.’’
The Orange got rolling in the second quarter, basically putting the game away with four touchdowns.
‘‘On paper, I thought I had a great looking team ... we are going to go out and dominate. It just didn’t go our way.’’ Swan said. ‘‘Too many missed tackles ... on offense, too many three-and-outs. It was just struggles everywhere.
‘‘The Orange O-line really came out and attacked us a little harder than our O-line attacked them,’’ Swan added. ‘‘They were playing more downhill and just eating us up a little bit and that hurts when you can’t control the line of scrimmage.’’
Overall there were both positives and negatives from the game.
‘‘Like any scrimmage or any spring game, it’s always a mixed bag,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson. ‘‘There were certainly things we did well.
‘‘The energy out there was good,’’ Clawson added. ‘‘The big thing that I’ve seen is our team finally has a maturity level; we are no longer a young team.
The only score of the first quarter was a 29-yard field goal from Tyler Tate. Also in the first quarter, Tate had a 51-yard field goal attempt, with the wind, hit the crossbar. The kick was a low line drive.
In the second quarter Shaun Joplin made a nice leaping catch of a 29-yard touchdown pass from Matt Johnson to get the Orange offense rolling.
Jordan Hopgood added two touchdowns on runs of 1- and 14-yards. Hopgood first score was set up by a highlight-reel 37-yard reception from Jared Cohen on a pass from James Knapke.
Cohen then scored in the final minute of the first half when he scooped up a fumble after a bad snap on a punt and scored from 6-yards out.
‘‘We just tried to put it on them fast before they even decided to try to come back,’’ Flewellyn said.
The second half was played with a running clock.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Matt Schilz connected with Diontre Delk with a 7-yard scoring pass on a fourth-and-goal play for the White.
Tate kicked a 25-yard field goal to close out the scoring.
Clawson said he was happy to see Joplin and Cohen both make big plays in the passing game. Cohen finished with four receptions for 74 yards and Joplin had three catches for 47 yards.
In the running game, Travis Greene ran behind the Orange offensive line and finished with 88 yards on 21 carries. Hopgood ran the ball for both teams and finished with seven carries for 33 yards.
With all three quarterbacks getting an opportunity in the game, Johnson and Knapke combined to go 17-of-28 for 173 yards while working behind the Orange offensive line.
‘‘Matt Johnson certainly stepped up and made some nice throws and he made some plays with his feet,’’ Clawson said.
‘‘We’re going to let that thing play through the summer and play through (fall) camp,’’ Clawson said about the quarterback competition. ‘‘I think they (Schilz and Johnson) are both playing better and I’m real excited about James Knapke as well.’’
Swan and Jude Adjei-Barimah each had nine tackles for the White team. Jhalil-Nashid Croley led the Orange team with eight tackles.
NOTES: Defensive lineman Taylor Royster suffered a foot injury during the game ... Rodney Rogers, the senior vice president and provost at BGSU, was the guest head coach for the Orange and Dick Edwards, Bowling Green’s mayor, was the guest head coach for the White ... Approximately 50 football alumni were in attendance at the game ... The 15th and final spring practice is Wednesday morning ... The Falcons open the 2013 season with a home game against Tulsa on Aug. 29.
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:03