Deacons Conclude Spring Drills with Final Scrimmage

April 18, 2009

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Wake Forest concluded its spring football drills with a final scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex on the Wake Forest campus.

Head coach Jim Grobe put the Deacons through a nearly 90 minute scrimmage that saw the squad divided into two teams. The Black team beat the White 24-14.

The White team scored first as freshman Tommy Bohanon scored on a one-yard run. The Black team tied the game on a 65-yard run by wide receiver Chris Givens. The Black took a 14-7 lead after a two-yard scoring run by Willie Dixon and extended its lead to 21-7 on a two-yard plunge by Brandon Pendergrass.

Kevin Harris scored on a one-yard run for the White to cut the lead to 21-14. Cline Beam closed out the scrimmage with a 24-yard field goal.

"I liked some of the things we did offensively, we just turned the ball over too much," said Grobe. "I thought we had some good individual play, some of the skill guys did a nice job after they caught the ball and running with it. I thought our backs did some good things running the football. But just too many turnovers, too many opportunities down close to scoring and we turned the ball over. We got stuffed one time by the defense on fourth down. I thought offensively, I liked the way we moved the football, I just didn't like the way we finished."

White quarterback Riley Skinner completed 15 of 23 passes for 272 yards and threw one interception. Pendergrass carried seven times for 70 yards while seeing action for both the Black and White teams. Givens was the leading rusher on the day, gaining 89 yards on two carries including a 65-yarder. He also had three receptions for 39 yards. Jordan Williams led the squad with four receptions totaling 70 yards including a long gain of 41 yards.

Safety Alex Frye defensive end Tristan Dorty led all defenders with six tackles each. Dorty and linebacker Joey Ehrmann each had two tackles for loss. Ramon Booi, Hunter Haynes, Michael Carter, Ehrmann and Frye each recorded a sack.

The defense came up with two interceptions. Corner Michael Williams intercepted Skinner on the sideline while safety Geoff Wissing picked off a Ryan McManus pass.

"To the defense's credit, they forced some of those turnovers," said Grobe. "I thought defensively, we were just too much bend and not enough putting them in third and long situations. We let them out of a hole too many times. We were a little too soft defensively at times but we came up with some good turnovers.

"Overall, I felt like we had a lot of enthusiasm and I thought the kids played hard."

Placekicker Shane Popham missed the scrimmage with a sprained knee, allowing Beam to handle all of the PATs and field goal attempts on Saturday. Beam recently completed a four-year varsity soccer career for the Deacons and was a member of Wake's 2007 NCAA Championship team. He has been working out with the football team this spring in hopes of landing a roster spot in the fall.

"I hope he'll be able to come back this fall and compete for a job," said Grobe. "I like what he's done, especially with Shane down the last couple of days. It's fun to watch him. He's been having fun."

McManus completed three of five passes for 47 yards while Ted Stachitas was four-of-seven for 56 yards. Skylar Jones completed all five of his pass attempts for 55 yards.



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