August 11, 2012

Senior Gunn shines brightest in Football's first scrimmage

Camp Practice Schedule 

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- The weather was perfect Saturday for Northern Colorado Football's first scrimmage of its Training Camp 2012, and the Bears took advantage by running 64 plays at Butler-Hancock Practice Fields.

"Overall, it was a good day," said Northern Colorad coach Earnest Collins Jr. said. "We're progressing well. We're getting kids in the right places and getting them to make the right moves. We saw some good hits and some good blocks and [quarterback] Seth [Lobato] is throwing the ball with pinpoint accuracy."

Both Lobato, a junior signal caller from Eaton and senior quarterback Matt Baca (Chino Hills, Calif.) led the offense on 80-yard scoring drives Saturday, with Lobato and the offense driving the field in 12 plays, while Baca's drive took nine.

Lobato's scoring drive was his second of the scrimmage, as he completed four of six passes, including a 12-yard strike to sophomore Marcell Peoples (Corona, Calif.) to put the Bears in the red zone.

Two plays later, sophomore running back Robert Holland (Golden) scored from nine yards out. Holland carried the ball five times for 30 yards during the drive.

On the ensuing kickoff, senior return specialist Dominic Gunn (Aurora) got the crowd of approximately 75 people on its feet as he returned it 99 yards for a touchdown.

Baca took his second turn under center and, much like Lobato, marched the offense down the field. On the first play, he connected with freshman wide receiver Stephen Miller (Highlands Ranch) for a 36-yard gain, while redshirt freshman Ernest Marshall (Oakland, Calif.) scored on a four-yard rush and had three carries for eight yards during the drive.

A few drives later, Gunn fielded a punt off the foot of freshman Jesse Holzmer (Colorado Springs) and broke a tackle to scamper up the right sideline 62 yards for his second touchdown of the afternoon.

"We expect Dom to be like that during game time as well," Collins said. "It's kind of unfair to put some of those young kids against a guy like Dom in the first time we've gone live for an extended period, but we know Dom has it in him to do that during games, too."

Senior linebacker Curtis Truett (Aurora) scooped a bad snap that flew over the quarterback's head for a four-yard fumble recovery touchdown of his own just two plays later.

Lobato finished the afternoon 10-for-15 for 104 yards and one touchdown. Baca was 3-for-6 for 54 yards and one score. Junior Tim Tancik (Denver) and freshman Sean Rubalcaba (Grand Junction) also each saw one series at quarterback.

Defensively, sophomore linebacker Leilon Willingham (Denver) led the way with five tackles, including a 10-yard sack. Sophomore safety Kyle Griffin (Arvada) also had four stops in the game.

The Bears' camp will continue this week, and they'll have their second scrimmage at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Northern Colorado will open its 2012 season Thursday, Aug. 30, with a 5:15 p.m. game at Utah.