Ready for some football
Presbyterian College's football team wrapped up spring practice on a windy Saturday morning with its annual spring game at Bailey Memorial Stadium in front of a nice crowd of fans and alumni.
“I thought it was a pretty good day,” head coach Harold Nichols said. “The defense really got after it early and made it difficult for the offense to execute. We had a lot of moving parts and a lot of guys playing together that hadn’t been playing, in order to get a look at everyone here in the spring but I saw some good things.
“I thought Ben Cheek did some really good things. We were able to see his movement skills and I thought he was really accurate with the football, despite the tough conditions with the wind. He did a very good job with that.”
Cheek connected with multiple receivers on the day, including DaShawn Davis,Daryl Wilson and transfer Kyle Goddard. The big play of the scrimmage came as Cheek found Davis deep down the middle for 30+ yards and a touchdown later in the day. Cheek was able to complete a number of short to mid-range passes, while being effective with his legs during the hour-long scrimmage.
The defense looked stout in much of the early action, especially up front with Obinna Ntiasagwe, Kamren Mack, Curtis Bey and Khari Rosier making things difficult for the offense. Ntiasagwe did a good job plugging up the running lanes and getting pressure on the quarterbacks.
“I think the strength of our football team right now is up front defensively,” Nichols said. “Those guys are pretty good. We’ve got some juniors and seniors there that I think are going to be the strength of our defense.”
Ryan Burgess recorded one of the only turnovers of the day with an interception about midway through the scrimmage. He made a good read on the ball and was able to haul in the interception to cut short an offensive drive. Steve Osondu, Kevin Green and Michael Fisher also made some plays in the secondary.
The offense worked in a number of different players at different positions, including quarterback and running back. Zola Davis shined at the running back position, rolling off several long runs as the scrimmage wore on. Darrell Bridges was also able to run the football in some limited action early in the day. Will Brock, Cal King and John Walker each worked in at quarterback in addition to Cheek.
“It’s really to see our young quarterbacks mature and get better and I think they have,” said Nichols. “Darrell (Bridges) has had a great spring and looks great. Overall, the attitude has been good and we had good energy. I think after 15 practices we have made a lot of progress but we still have a lot of work to do before next season.”
Late in the scrimmage, Brett Norton and Tim Hartshorn each attempt multiple field goal attempts from varying distances and locations on the field, while battling the high winds. Both had the distance on two attempts from midfield but missed wide left with the cross wind.
The scrimmage serves as the final spring practice for the Blue Hose. PC opens the 2016 season on Thursday, September 1 at Central Michigan.