Crusaders make progress in first scrimmage
Monday, August 15, 2005

The Crusader football team held its first scrimmage of the preseason Saturday night. Several hundred people were on hand to get their first glimpse of the 2005 Crusaders. Although the scrimmage was cut short by about an hour due to inclement weather, Head Coach Mike Taylor was pleased with how the team performed. "We've had a good start to summer practice and the scrimmage went well," says Taylor.

Freshman Rashad Cummings brought the crowd to their feet when he broke away to two big plays. One was a 60 yard touchdown and the other was a 50 yard gain. "Rashad showed that when a play breaks down, he can run," says Taylor. "Rashad and [freshman] Matt Moore are doing well, and we are pleased with their progress. They have proven they are worth keeping."

Aside from those two runs, however, the Crusader defense stopped the run pretty well. The passing attack, however, looked potent. Eric Moeller threw the ball well. James Crooks made several catches, including an acrobatic catch on the first pass of the scrimmage. "We made some good plays, catches, and reads," Taylor said of the passing game. "We threw the ball well and our pass protection was ahead of the game."

On the whole, the Crusader coaching staff was pleased with the progress attained during the scrimmage. The Crusaders will practice in the afternoon all this week. All practices are open to the public.