Scrimmage week at Pittt State
Offense scores 22 points in scrimmage
Michael Bauer | sports editor
In one of the Pittsburg State football team’s scrimmages, the White team managed to put up 22 points over the Red team on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Carnie Smith Stadium.
Unlike previous scrimmages, Saturday’s game changed things up with some new rules by keeping the scores but not changing positions. White remained as offense and Red defense throughout the game. Another added rule made it impossible to tackle the quarterbacks unless they were carrying the ball.
“We had a period of high and live in the beginning of the two-minute deal and then the rest was basically live, except for the quarterbacks,” said Tim Beck, head football coach.
It was the second week in a row that the team held a scrimmage. Despite White putting up 22 points, Beck says the Gorillas left their best performance off the field.
“We had a huge lack of enthusiasm,” Beck said. “We had people make some nice plays and do some nice things but we acted like we were feeling sorry for ourselves because we had a long week of practice, so overall I wasn’t really excited about our lack of enthusiasm.”
While Beck says the players are progressing, they still have some improvements to make.
“We’re further along than we were a week ago as far as what we got in, but we still have a long way to go,” Beck said. “We need every day that we can get.”
A few things Beck says the Gorillas need to improve on is lining up and avoiding penalties. The White team managed to put up 13 points in the early part of the scrimmage and a field goal made it 16-0.
“We need to be on both sides of the ball,” Beck said. “We can’t be lining up off-sides and we can’t hold and have our helmets getting knocked off. We have to be a lot sharper than we were tonight.”
Late in the scrimmage, running back Michael Rose, freshman in accounting, managed to run a 39-yard touchdown and add six points to the scoreboard, bringing the crowd to its feet. Many of the highlights for the evening came from the defense, which included several goal-line stands and denying the offense a touchdown with the ball inside its own 5-yard line.
Quarterbacks Anthony Abenoja, junior in physical education, Darrack Harger, sophomore in physical education, and Ramsey Hamilton, freshman in physical education, all saw playing time.
“I thought Anthony did a nice job,” Beck said. “Darrack’s got some work to do. Ramsey got to carry the ball a few times live so it was nice to see that and see what we need to work on.”
Beck added that even though there is still a lot of work to do, this year’s team is a great group.
The Gorillas will open up their season on Saturday, Sept. 7, at home against the Northeastern State University Riverhawks. They will travel the next week to face the Central Oklahoma Bronchos before returning home to take on Southwest Baptist University.