EKU Football holds second scrimmage of spring practice

April 25, 2015

RICHMOND, Ky. – On a cool and rainy Saturday morning, the Eastern Kentucky University football team held its second scrimmage of the spring practice season. The defense was stout throughout the scrimmage and won by a score of 27-12.

“That was the way I thought the scrimmage would have played out last week,” EKU head coach Dean Hood said. “The rain made it hard for the offense to hold onto the ball, but the defense definitely stepped up its play from last week.”

Eastern’s offense was held in check from the very first drive. The offense managed just two first downs in the first four possessions, one of which came on an impressive third down scramble by junior quarterback Bennie Coney.

The offense’s first points of the game were a result of a 32-yard field goal by junior Zack Burgy-VanHoose.

Late in the first half, the offensive unit finally showed a spark behind junior quarterback Kyle Romano. He put the Colonels in scoring position by lofting a perfect 55-yard pass behind the defense to senior wide receiver Joel Brown. A few plays later, Romano connected with sophomore tight end Tyler Malone for a four-yard scoring play.

The defense would match the offense in touchdown production following a brief halftime intermission. Newcomer D’Vonta Derricott jumped a slant route and returned the interception approximately 30 yards to pay dirt.

Fellow newcomer Noah Spence and sophomore defensive lineman Sheldon Fleming were credited with sacks during the scrimmage.

After the scrimmage was halted, the coaching staff set up several situational plays for the offense and defense. Junior running back JJ Jude and sophomore wide out Scott Daniel scored for the offense during those drills while sophomore defensive back Jordan Whitfield and sophomore linebacker Jeffrey Canady came away with interceptions.

Eastern Kentucky wraps up the spring season this week with the annual Spring Game on Thursday, April 30. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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