Both Sides Show Balance in Second Spring Football Scrimmage

April 14, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- There was something for everyone in Saturday's Missouri State intrasquad football scrimmage at Plaster Field.

The team's second full scrimmage of the spring season saw the offense roll up nearly 400 yards and collect four touchdowns, while the MSU defense snagged a pair of interceptions, blocked a field goal, returned a fumble for a score and tallied 10 sacks to round out an exciting afternoon. The session was delayed for more than two hours by morning thunderstorms.

Starting quarterback Trevor Wooden completed 11-of-18 passes for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With the yellow jersey on, Wooden was touch-sacked eight times for 45 yards, but he had 10 carries for 61 yards on designed or improvised running plays to help the offense mount several key drives.  He completed a 13-yard strike to Eric Christophel for the first touchdown of the session, and later capped a red-zone series with a 3-yard pass to tight end Matt Thayer.

Kierra Harris also took plenty of snaps and completed half of his 22 passes for 129 yards and a pair of scores. Both of his TD passes were to senior Cadarrius Dotson who finished with four catches for 40 yards, including a 19-yard strike from Harris with the second unit.

Junior Eric Brown led nine Bears receivers with five receptions for 84 yards. Four of his catches were for 13 yards or more, and two more were for 20 or more. Julian Burton also had a big afternoon with four receptions for 57 yards, including a 28-yarder from Wooden for the longest play of the day.

Coach Terry Allen's club used eight different ball carriers, including Vernon Scott who carried 10 times for 45 yards. Josh Mattes also had 10 carries and finished with 30 yards.

The MSU defense held their white-clad teammates to 2.3 yards per carry on the afternoon and set the pace very quickly. The defense pinned the offense in the endzone on its first two series to collect a pair of safeties. Sybhrian Berry posted a sensational effort with an interception and a blocked field goal attempt. James Caine also collected an interception, while Nate Davis picked up a fumble midway through the session and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. The defense also finished with 10 total sacks and held MSU's quarterbacks to just a 55 percent completion rate.

Missouri State's other scoring plays came from junior Austin Witmer who connected on field goals of 37 and 30 yards before his last attempt from 43 yards out was blocked by Berry.

The Bears will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week before wrapping up spring drills on April 21 with the team's annual Maroon and White Game at Plaster Field which is set to kick off at 1 p.m.


Rushing (58-132):  Vernon Scott 10-45; Josh Mattes 10-30; Zach Waranch 8-22; Trevor Wooden 18-16; Maddy Johnson 4-16; Ryan Heaston 2-7; Kierra Harris 5-(-2); Benny Jones 1-(-2).

Passing (40-22-2, 263):  Trevor Wooden 18-11-1, 134 (2 TD); Kierra Harris 22-11-1, 129 (2 TD).

Receiving (22-263):  Eric Brown 5-84; Julian Burton 4-57; Cadarrius Dotson 4-40; Matt Swan 3-27; Erich Christophel 2-20; Josh Mattes 1-12; Dorian Buford 1-11; Maddy Johnson 1-9; Matt Thayer 1-3.

Field Goals: Austin Witmer (47 good, 30 good, 43 blocked).

Interceptions: Nate Davis 1, James Caine 1
Blocked Field Goal:  Sybhrian Berry 1.
Sacks: 10. Safeties: 2.  

Scoring Plays:
Austin Witmer 47 field goal
Austin Witmer 30 field goal
Trevor Wooden 13 pass to Eric Christophel (Witmer kick)
Kierra Harris 19 pass to Cadarrius Dotson (Witmer kick)
Sybhrian Berry 25-yard fumble return
Trevor Wooden 3 pass to Matt Thayer (Witmer kick)
Kierra Harris 5 pass to Cadarrius Dotson (Witmer kick)



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