TIGERVILLE, SC- North Greenville University splashed around in the first intersquad scrimmage of the preseason as rain earlier in the day made field conditions wet and wild. About 600 spectators, including the marching band and cheerleaders, were on hand at the NGU Athletic Complex to cheer on the Crusaders.
The new-look Crusader defense, lining up in a 4-3 scheme, proved to have the upper hand in the scrimmage. "Our defensive line is much improved and we feel real good about it," noted head coach Mike Taylor. "Our defense is ahead of our offense right now, but that's good for us because we needed to improve and we have made a good first step."
The offense did manage to steal a few good plays. Quarterback Eric Moeller connected early with a Crusader wide out for a 35-yard gain. Running backs Matt Moore and Rashad Cummings made some good, solid runs. Moore scored on one 25-yard run down the left side.
North Greenville has practiced seven times since opening camp last Monday. "We're right on schedule and we've hit every mark," said Taylor of the opening week of fall drills. "We are right where we want to be in terms of our offense, defense, and kicking game."
After taking Sunday off, the Crusaders will resume two-a-day practice Monday at 8:45 a.m. All practices are free and open to the public.