NASHVILLE --- The third scrimmage of the spring season for the Tennessee State football team included plenty of highlights on both sides of the ball at Hale Stadium on Thursday night.
“All in all, I thought it was a pretty good scrimmage,” Head Coach Rod Reed said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’re getting to see a lot of things. A lot of young guys were out there playing today with as depleted as the defensive line is. It’s always good to get out here and see it and go back and evaluate it on film.”
- Opening up with 7-on-7, Kalen Whitlow moved the offense with first-down completions to Chris Rowland and Steven Newbold.
- On the next 7-on-7 drive, it was Demry Croft’s turn to take the reins of the offense. The drive was highlighted by a 20 yard completion to DeVon Johnson and a 25 yarder to Al-Malik Moore.
- More big plays came from the offense on the first 11-on-11 drive of the day courtesy of Te’kendrick Roberson. After back-to-back short gains, Roberson broke off a 70-yard touchdown run up the middle.
- Seth Rowland continued the offense’s momentum with a 50-yard run on the right sideline. Croft capped the drive with a touchdown run from five yards out.
- It was the defense’s turn to make big plays on the next drive. After a Shakur Jackson pass breakup, Ronnie Killings came up with an interception on a tipped pass.
- Kicker Mitchell Boudreaux drilled a 42 yard field goal after the next drive stalled.
- On some of the last action of the day, running back Shawn McColley punched in a two-yard touchdown run, and linebacker Blair Edwards picked up an interception and 40-yard return.
HEAD COACH ROD REED
“I thought it went really well. It’s good to see the offense come out and have a fast start. Obviously, you don’t want to see that on the defensive side, but it was great to see the offense come out and make some big runs. “Te’kendrick (Roberson) and Seth Rowland had some really good runs, and I thought that Shawn McColley - he’s a big back – got down on the goal line and was able to punch one in. It was good to see that.”
- On the running backs
“I thought Demry (Croft) had good control of the offense. Michael Hughes had class tonight, so he couldn’t be here, but (Kalen) Whitlow turned the ball over with the interception. One was his fault, the other one was not his fault. We’ve got to cut turnovers down. On defense, we’ve got to continue to create turnovers.”
- On the quarterbacks