Griz carry momentum from annual spring game
The spring football season came to a close for the Montana Grizzlies in front of over 6,000 fans at Saturday's spring game.
Montana's offense put on a dominant display in last Friday's scrimmage, but Saturday was a more balanced affair.
The Grizzly offense put up 42 points on the afternoon as Gresch Jensen and Dalton Sneed once again traded snaps. Sneed walked away with a better performance on the stat sheet finishing with 136 yards and one touchdown on 13-of-16 passing. Jensen also threw for a score to go along with 123 yards through the air, while only completing five of his nine attempts.
Sophomore running back Rey Green was the workhorse in the backfield. He carried ten times for 25 yards and a pair of scores. Sophomore wide receiver Samori Toure had another productive outing. He finished the afternoon with four catches for 94 yards and a 50-yard touchdown.
Defensively, the Grizzlies were able to force a few turnovers, something they were unsuccessful at in the previous scrimmage. Both Sneed and Jensen were picked off once. An interception thrown by Tanner Wilson resulted in the only points on the afternoon for the defense after Kobey Eaton returned it for a 15-yard touchdown.
Saturday was the 15th practice for a program that has been in a transitional phase since Bobby Hauck was introduced as the 37th head coach of Grizzly football in December. This spring was an important one for the Griz as they looked for momentum headed into the fall.
"It was a great opportunity for our guys to get our here in front of a few people and play," Hauck said. "Again we have a really young football team and so the more our guys get to play at live college speed the better we are going to be."
"We still have a long way to go, but I mean it definitely does help start," sophomore wide receiver Samuel Akem said. "You know new staff, new everything so it helps us get a feel for how everything is going to be. It feels good to get through this spring process and get a push to fall camp."
Montana kicks off the 2018 season against Northern Iowa on Sep. 1.