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April 27, 2014

College football: Defense proves strong in Bloomsburg spring game

BLOOMSBURG — If the Maroon and Gold Spring Game is any indication, teams scheduled to play Bloomsburg may already want to start shaking in their shoes.

The defensive team defeated the offensive team, 42-18, on Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium Saturday.

The Huskies’ defense scored points on each of the game’s first four possessions, earning points for caused turnovers (four), sacks (two), three-and-outs (two) and fourth-down stops (one). Redshirt sophomore cornerback Jerrin Toomey led the defense by recording three interceptions in a standout performance. Senior linebacker Bryan McCall also had an interception as well as two solo tackles.

Other standouts for the defense were redshirt freshman defensive end Scott Beltz, who had five total tackles, along with redshirt sophomore Trevon Pugh, freshman Eric Schwartz and redshirt sophomore Tyler Szaflarski who all finished with four total tackles each.

The offense earned points for touchdowns (six points), field goals (three), plays of 20 yards or more (two) and PAT’s (one).

Sophomore Lawrence Elliott Jr., an All-PSAC East selection last year as a kick returner that will see time as a running back this fall, scored the first points of the game for the offense by taking a handoff from starting quarterback Tim Kelly for the four-yard score.

Six players received carries out the backfield on the day, led by redshirt freshman Altarique Mosley-Dew who rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries. Redshirt sophomore Joe Parsnik carried six times for 51 yards while Elliott had eight rushes for 38 yards and redshirt junior Dai’Shon Munger had six touches for 33 yards.

The highlight of the passing game came on a 43-yard catch-and-run from Tim Kelly to Trent Daniels.

Daniels led all receivers with three receptions for 61 yards, including his 42-yard touchdown grab.

Kelly finished the game 8-for-20 with 71 passing yards, three interceptions.

Also taking snaps under center was redshirt freshman Chris Palubinsky, who was 4-for-9 for 18 yards and an interception. Redshirt sophomore transfer Ryan Henning also completed 3-of-8 passes for 22 yards.

The Maroon and Gold Game concludes the spring season for the Huskies. The defending PSAC champions will open the 2014 campaign on the road against Stonehill on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Huskies host their 2014 home-opener on Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. California (PA).

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