Redhawks Hold First Scrimmage of Season
Aug. 11, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State football held its first live scrimmage of the 2007 season at Houck Stadium Saturday. The offense and defense faced off in full contact competition. Players on both sides of the ball demonstrated good ability to make plays.
"We started off a little sluggish, put the ball on the ground too many times, but we still did some good things," head coach Tony Samuel said. "We're warming up, this is a big week coming up. This week is where we make the push physically and mentally."
Quarterbacks Houston Lillard and Victor Anderson split time at quarterback with the first team. Steve Callanan and Jared Van Slyke also saw time behind center during the scrimmage. Lillard and Anderson both threw touchdown passes and showed good speed when they were flushed out of the pocket and forced to run.
"The quarterbacks down the stretch looked pretty good," Samuel said. "We made some good throws and catches."
Offensively, Daryl Gist, Nathan Grass, Vincent Anderson, Miles Edwards and Joseph Tuineau caught touchdown passes from Victor Anderson and Lillard. Freshman tight end Brad Brown caught two straight passes down the middle from Anderson, with the first going for 30 yards. Junior wide receiver Michael Williamson made two consecutive catches from Lillard, with one being the play of the day as he went up over his defender to haul in a 40-yard bomb down the home sideline.
On defense, Eddie Calvin, Kendall Magana and Bryan Blanfort all made interceptions while Magana and Marvin Anderson also forced fumbles. Matt Stahlberg stuffed the running back on 3rd down during the first series. Jared Goodson made the biggest hit of the day on a running back from his linebacker spot.
Kicker Doug Spada was 1-2 on field goals, nailing a 42-yarder during his final attempt. He made good on numerous extra point attempts. Spada also showed showed a strong leg with good hang time during the punting portion.
The Redhawks have there two-a-days coming up this week and will practice everyday. Their next scrimmage will be next Saturday, August 18 at 8 p.m. from Houck Stadium. The scrimmage is open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and support this year's team.