Offense scores late in BGSU football scrimmage (4-5-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 05 April 2013 23:38
Gabe Martin (left) attempts to tackle Andre Givens as he runs the ball down the field. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
After a sluggish start, the offense of the Bowling Green State University football team provided some explosive plays in the late going of Friday’s scrimmage at Perry Stadium.
The Falcons got a 68-yard touchdown catch from Shaun Joplin on a throw from James Knapke; a 23-yard scoring run from Andre Givens and a 17-yard run by Jordan Hopgood.
‘‘The offense was very sloppy,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ‘‘We had procedures, we turned it over. We were not in a good rhythm.
“At the end of the scrimmage, the offense came alive.’’
With Anthon Samuel, BG’s starter at running back the last two seasons, not returning to school for the current spring semester, the running back spot is wide open. Givens, Hopgood and Travis Greene are trying to make the most of their opportunities to earn playing time.
Givens, who saw limited action last season, said he is feeling more comfortable this spring.
‘‘I’ve got the plays down, way better than last year ... just trying to hit the holes right and try to make big plays for my team,’’ Givens said. ‘‘Coach Clawson said we need playmakers and I just want to be a playmaker.
‘‘I think we’re doing good,’’ Givens added about the offense. ‘‘We’re making big plays.’’
Dominic Flewellyn, a team captain in 2012, will be in his fourth season as a starter at left offensive guard for the Falcons this fall and he likes what he has seen from the running backs.
‘‘It’s running back by committee right now and we just love how our running backs are playing and working hard,’’ Flewellyn said.
The defense dominated the scrimmage at the start.
‘‘They ran to the football, they challenged throws, they created turnovers,’’ Clawson said about the defense.
Some of the defensive highlights were: safety Jerry ‘BooBoo’ Gates, with a 45-yard interception return; Kendall Montgomery with a strong rush knocking a pass back into the arms of quarterback Matt Schilz; linebacker Evan Karchner making a nice tackle on Hopgood; and Coy Brown III sacking Knapke in the end zone for a safety.
‘‘We started off a little slow at first, the defense got to us a little bit,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘We came back on the sideline and said we can’t allow that to happen anymore.
‘‘Luckily we broke a few at the end ... It made it a lot better for us.’’
The safety was the extent of the scoring for a long while as Tyler Tate missed a 47-yard field goal.
The first offensive score came on a 41-yard Tate field goal in a hurry-up drill simulating possession of the ball at the end of the half. Quarterback Matt Johnson moved the team into position for the field goal despite two holding calls. Joplin made a nice catch of a Johnson pass and there was a defensive face mask penalty on the tackle to help the drive.
After Tate missed a 41-yard field goal, Knapke and Joplin hooked-up on a third-down scoring play. The pass was under thrown, but the 6-feet-2 Joplin jumped over the 5-8 Darrell Hunter to make the catch on the right sideline. Joplin then ran the final 30 yards untouched for the score and Tate kicked the PAT.
Hopgood scored to cap a 17-play, 67-yard drive. Schilz was downfield to make a block to help Hopgood reach the end zone. Anthony Farinella’s PAT was good despite hitting the right upright.
‘‘It was great, I like that,’’ Givens said about Schilz being downfield. ‘‘Definitely I love to see stuff to like that; he did a great job.’’
Givens’ TD came on a run around the right side.
‘‘That was just the offensive line doing a great job,’’ Givens said. ‘‘I’ll have to take them out to get something to eat, to a buffet maybe.’’
The final score was a 40-yard field goal from Tate in the late going. Tate also missed wide left from 43 yards and Farinella missed wide right from 44 yards.
‘‘On offense we have to get off the better starts,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We still lack some consistency there.
‘‘Defensively we looked good, we just can’t give up those big plays.’’
Clawson said there approximately 115 plays in the scrimmage with first group getting around 50 plays and the second and third groups, which have been combined, running 65 plays.
SPRING GAME: The spring game is next Friday starting at 7 p.m. in Perry Stadium.
Clawson hopes to hold a player draft and play a game with traditional scoring, if there is enough depth to field two teams.
INJURIES: Wide receiver Chris Gallon has a minor fracture in his foot and is being held out of the remainder of spring drills.
Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:23

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