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Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 19 August 2013 08:57
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BGSU's Alphonso Mack (left) attempts to tackle Matt Johnson as he runs the ball Sunday afternoon during the scrimmage. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The quarterback question will be answered Tuesday.
Fifth-year senior Matt Schilz and redshirt sophomore Matt Johnson have been battling through fall camp for the starting quarterback job for the Bowling Green State University Falcons.
Dave Clawson, in his fifth season as BG's head coach, said after Sunday's scrimmage that the decision would be announced Tuesday. The Falcons open the regular season on Aug. 29 at home against Tulsa.
''We'll watch the film and evaluate it, (then) we'll make a decision,'' Clawson said.
Offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero will also have input in the decision.
The Falcons ran a total of 25 series during Sunday's scrimmage with Johnson getting eight series and Schilz seven, with both running the No. 1 and No. 2 offenses during drills. James Knapke got seven series, mostly late in the scrimmage, and Austin Valdez got three at the end.
In the scrimmage, Johnson led five scoring drives and Schilz led four scoring drives.
Johnson hit Herve Colby with a 10-yard pass that Colby bobbled and while laying on the ground caught the ball for the score. The drive was helped by two defensive penalties.
Johnson also threw a 10-yard scoring pass to Marcus Levy and a 6-yarder to Chris Gallon. On the Gallon TD drive, Travis Greene had a 32-yard run and Gallon made a 27-yard reception.
Tyler Tate kicked a field goal, and William Houston scored on a 2-yard run with Johnson at quarterback.
With Schilz at quarterback, the Falcons scored on two running plays and two field goals.
On Schilz's second series, he connected with Gallon for a 35-yard gain. He then ran for 14 yards setting up a 1-yard TD run by Andre Givens. There was a defensive penalty that helped keep the drive alive.
The other touchdown drive for Schilz, included a 27-yard pass to Jared Cohen and a 23-yard run by Jamel Martin, with Houston scoring on a 2-yard run.
Gallon, BG's leading receiver last season, called the competition dead-even.
''Schilz, he has been in the position for us, so he knows how to play and handle game-pressure,'' Gallon said. ''I believe Matty J (Johnson) has the confidence to do so, too. He's a smart kid just like Schilz.
''The best thing is that we should play them both, that would just make it fair,'' Gallon continued. ''To me it could be either.''
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