The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 4, 2013

College football: Defense dominates Bloomsburg spring game

Daily Item

---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

BLOOMSBURG -- Interim head coach Paul Darragh came away with a good feeling following Friday's Maroon and Gold spring game at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium.

The defense recorded two interceptions and caused four sacks in the Maroon squad's 36-3 win over the Gold squad.

The first-team offense saw limited action.

Starting quarterback Tim Kelly completed two passes for 10 yards while starting tailback Franklyn Quiteh carried twice for five yards while catching a pass for four. Running back Eddie Mateo had five carries for 10 yards.

"They (Franklyn and Eddie) wanted to get back, but we wanted to identify who we had on the depth chart," Darragh said. "Overall, I was very pleased with what we accomplished this spring."

Darragh is taking over for legendary head coach Danny Hale who retired last year after 20 years as head coach at Bloomsburg.

Former Souther Columbia running back Tyrell Thomas, a redshirt sophomore at tailback, had the longest run of the game, a 13-yard run off right tackle in the modified third quarter.

Thomas injured his right knee on the first day of training camp and missed his entire senior year in high school.

"You look at Tyrell and how he runs the ball down field and I think that physically and mentally the injury is 100 percent behind him," Darragh said of Thomas' performance.

Thomas rushed for 66 yards on 17 carries and had one reception for nine yards.

"I was a little bit nervous," Thomas said about the knee. "I think about it now and then."

Thomas said he's been getting tips on his game from Quiteh and Mateo.

"They're helping me out a ton," he said.

Shikellamy graduate Garrett Pope, a redshirt sophomore, is working on the transition from offense to defense.

"We switched him from safety to linebacker and Garrett is a very coachable kid," Darragh said. "He's getting comfortable with the switch."

Pope had one of the two interceptions and made two tackles.

"It's a lot different going to defense in college than from offense in high school," he said. "I've been running with the ones (first team) so far, but there's still a lot of competition to come in camp before the first game. I went to coach and asked him about switching to linebacker and they had the same idea."

Andrew Harris led the defensive effort with seven tackles as the defense scored points on 15 of the 18 possessions for stops, three-and-outs (twice), four turnovers and two sacks.

Offensively, three quarterbacks, Chad Hoffman, Brady Kneer and Garrett Levengood were a combine 13-35 for 142 yards with two interceptions. Hoffman had the most passing yards (69) while Levengood had the longest completion of the game at 29 yards.

Rich Drayton led all receivers with three catches for 31 yards.

The only offense score of the game came on a 43-yard field goal by Braden Drexler.

Bloomsburg will host Stomehill in the season opener on Sept. 7.