Griz defense controls second fall scrimmage


MISSOULA, Mont. - The start of a new season of college football is less than two weeks away, and in the Big Sky Conference teams are putting in their final practices in preparation for week one. Saturday morning in Missoula the Montana Grizzlies held their second scrimmage inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium, and for the second time Montana's offense was missing several key players. The Griz defense held the offense to just one touchdown and 216 total yards. The defense excelled in the run game giving up just 57 yards on 27 carries, they also recovered two fumbles. "Our defense tackled very well I think for the most part they flew around got to the football," said Griz head football coach Mick Delaney. "Got a couple turnovers, a fumble down in the redzone coming out, and an interception there at the end in 2 minutes so you know a lot of good things on defense." "I thought we played we'll," said Griz senior defensive end Zach Wagenmann. "I thought we came out with a lot of energy. We talked about certain things we want to put emphasis on, tackling, efficiency in the redzone, I think we executed that very we'll." The offense did have it's shining moments though, senior quarterback Jordan Johnson completed 12-of-15 passes for 133 yards and an 8-yard touchdown throw to receiver Ryan Burke. The Griz say they're making the most of the younger guys who are getting playing time while the offense continues to get healthy. "We're getting better on offense," said Delaney. "You know we're getting better in the offensive mind which is where you know we've got some guy's down top to bottom. I think we got what we wanted out of it you know in the long run this is going to help us I think." "For how inexperienced we are right now I think we played really well," said Griz senior quarterback Jordan Johnson. "We need to get healthy first and foremost, you know I think we're getting better in the offensive line for who we have in there and going against as good of guy's as we go against it's only going to make us better when we get to real game situations. I think we're doing fine, we just need to get healthy and get guy's back." The Grizzlies were scheduled to have a third scrimmage Thursday, August 21, but it was cancelled and the Griz will have no more scrimmages during 2014 fall camp drills.