Crusaders hold first preseason scrimmage
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Crusaders hold first preseason scrimmage
First-string offense and defense face off in first scrimmage

TIGERVILLE, SC--Five hundred Crusader faithful got their first look at the North Greenville University football team Saturday evening as the Crusaders held their first intersquad scrimmage of the preseason. The scrimmage featured 104 plays. The first-string offense faced the first-string defense, while the second-strings did battle, and so on.

The Crusader offense scored five touchdowns, while the defense produced 13 stops. The first-string offense scored twice. The first was a 12-yard strike from Eric Moeller to Brandon Dobbins, while Josh Johnson scored from two yards out for the second.

Curtis Dewberry led the second-string with touchdown runs of 30 yards and two yards. Marcus Greene caught a touchdown pass from Ricky Casko for the #2s.

The Crusaders were successful in every PAT attempt.

Offensively, the Crusader relied too heavily on big plays for their movement. "If we got a big play at the beginning of a drive, then we did well," said head coach Mike Taylor. "But if we lost yardage at the beginning, then we couldn't recover."

On the defensive side of the ball, Taylor wishes to have seen a little more aggressive play, especially in the middle. "We were real good outside because we are fast enough on the perimeter to run guys down," noted Taylor. "But we were not physical enough at the point of attack."

A big goal coming into the scrimmage was to assess where the team is at this point in the preseason. "We weren't bad tonight," remarked Taylor. "We have had seven practices in six days, today was our first full-contact day, so I feel real well about where we are at this point."