August 20, 2011

Special Teams shine during second scrimmage

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GREELEY, Colo. – Big plays on special teams highlighted the Northern Colorado football team’s second scrimmage on Saturday, while penalties hurt both sides of the ball.

“I thought the tempo was good,” Head Coach Earnest Collins Jr said. “We have some few mistakes we have to take care of, but overall I thought it was good.”

Junior Dominic Gunn had two big returns on special teams. He had a 50-yard kickoff return and a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Bears also concentrated on the run offense within the red zone. Junior John Burnley carried the ball nine times for 39 yards and one touchdown. Senior David Deans rushed six times for 22 yards, while sophomore Quintin Hildreth had five rushes for 16 yards.

“We’ve got to be strong running the ball,” said Collins. “We’ve got to be able to run it in the endzone.”

Both senior quarterback Dylan Orms and sophomore Seth Lobato completed 11-of-16 passes. Orms threw for 85 yards and one touchdown, while Lobato threw for 71. Junior Matt Baca completed 6-of-14 passes with one touchdown, one interception and 41 yards.

The team was whistled for eight false starts and several other penalties throughout the afternoon, which had the coaches scratching their heads in confusion.

“We try to make it as game-like as possible so they get those butterflies out now,” said Collins. “We know these are mental mistakes and can be fixed so we’re not too worried about it.”

Newcomer Courtney Hall led the defensive efforts with eight total tackles and one pass-break up.  Freshman James Davis had the team’s lone interception of the afternoon, returning it eight yards. Lexington Smith, Devontae Chapple and Elliott Dorsey all had sacks as well.

The Bears open their season on Sept. 3 against Lindenwood University.

Rushing

Carries

Yards

TD

Long

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TD

Long

Burnley

9

39

1

12

Walker

7

54

0

11

Deans

6

22

0

14

Stiphill

5

52

1

16

Hildreth

5

16

0

7

Mack

6

48

1

23

Orms

6

11

0

11

Peoples

4

16

0

6

Holland

1

8

0

8

Washington

3

19

0

7

Baca

4

2

0

3

Burnley

1

5

0

5

Marshall

1

2

0

2

Bernard

1

2

0

2

Bernard

1

1

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passing

Comp-Att-Int

Yds

TD

 

Orms

11-16-0

85

1

 

Lobato

11-16-0

71

0

 

Baca

6-14-1

41

1

 

Tancik

0-2-0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Returns

Kickoff

Punt

Total

TD

Bernard

1-24

0-0

1-24

0

Gunn

1-50

1-59

2-109

1

Stimphill

0-0

1-1

1-1

0

Leslie

1-10

0-0

1-10

0

 

Tackles

Solo

Assist

Total

PBU

Sacks

INT

Hall

4

4

8

1

 

 

Gibbons

 

7

7

1

 

 

L. Smith

2

4

6

 

1-6

 

Friend

3

3

6

 

 

 

Hernon

1

3

4

 

 

 

Chapple

1

3

4

1

1-5

 

Miller

1

3

4

1

 

 

Haverty

2

2

4

 

 

 

Sparacio

2

2

4

 

 

 

Davis

2

2

4

1

 

1-8

Bumpas

2

1

3

 

 

 

Dorsey

2

1

3

 

1-8

 

VJ Holmes

 

2

2

 

 

 

Martin

1

1

2

 

 

 

Boyle

 

2

2

 

 

 

R. Holmes

1

1

2

 

 

 

Griffin

1

1

2

 

 

 

Bible

2

 

2

 

 

 

Walker

1

1

2

 

 

 

Nweke

 

2

2

 

 

 

Felker

 

1

1

 

 

 

Holland

1

 

1

 

 

 

Riggins

 

1

1

2

 

 

Vave

 

1

1

 

 

 

Stimphill

1

 

1

 

 

 

Owens

     

1