It did not take long for the big plays to begin at Monday’s Green and White scrimmage at Lumpkins Stadium.
On the game’s first play, Green safety Duke Bohall picked up a fumble and ran 30 yards for a touchdown that proved to be just the beginning of a scrimmage that included six plays of 30 yards or more.
“We have plenty of playmakers that we expect big plays from,” head coach David Ream said. “Sometimes we expect too much, but it’s nice to have them out there.”
Ream entered the scrimmage with several questions about the offensive line, running backs and the team’s overall depth.
From where the Indians were when spring practice started three weeks ago, he’s pleased with how things are winding down.
“We’ve made a lot of strides, but we’re still concerned about some things,” he said. “We have guys that we know we’re going to be able to count on, but we’ve had some other jump in and contribute, which is important.”
After Bohall’s fumble return, Boomer Collins led the White team on two long scoring drives that culminated in a 32-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Wilson and a 1-yard run by Peter Simmons to take a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The Green team responded with a pair of big plays.
Dominique Carson made a tackle and stripped the ball from the White receiver, then taking it 40 yards for a touchdown that knotted the score at 14-14.
On the final play of the first half, Green quarterback Justin Dunn zigzagged his way to a 71 yard touchdown run that gave the Green a 21-14 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, things heated up again in the fourth quarter. Collins started the White team’s rally with a 58-yard touchdown run with 9:26 to play. Just a few minutes later, after a 74-yard pass to Wilson, Collins helped the White team regain the lead with a 1-yard run.
With just over three minutes to play Bohall raced 10 yards around the left side for the Green team, tieing the score at 28-28. The Green appeared to be in position to take the lead after Sam Gagliano returned an interception 55 yards to the 7-yard line with 1:49 remaining.
Two plays later, Collins intercepted an attempted fade pass in the corner of the end zone, sealing the tie.
“We’ll put in our short yardage offense and then spend the last day just polishing everything,” Ream said of the team’s plans for the final three days of practice.”