SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2007
Green dominates White in JU football spring game, 42-0
First Coast News Video Report
April 21, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The offense was the star of the JU Green and White spring game, as the Green squad put up more than 400 yards of total offense in a 42-0 win over the White squad on Saturday at D.B. Milne Field.
Geavon Tribble was the star of the receiving corps, racking up 128 yards on six receptions with three touchdowns. Seven Dolphins caught a pass from quarterback Erik Stepelton, who finished 14-of-25 for 220 yards.
While the Green offense piled up 433 yards, the defense was equally potent - holding the White offense to just nine first downs and 91 yards. The Green defense also forced two fumbles and picked off three interceptions.
"We've thrown a lot at these guys this spring and I was pleased that we were able to finish camp on a high note," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "The offense really clicked well today and the defense did its job - forcing turnovers and getting the ball back for the offense in a position to score."
Despite some gaudy numbers by the passing game, the Green running attack was solid as well - piling up 135 yards. Cecil Coltrane led the way with 71 yards on eight carries while Ron Harris had 54 yards on six carries. Each player has a touchdown on the ground.
"We did a good job of running the ball today," Bell said. "The line opened some holes for our running backs that did a good job of finding the hole and hitting it."
The defense meanwhile continued its trend this spring of forcing turnovers and putting pressure on the quarterback. The Green defense had four sacks and a total of five tackles for a loss - with two fumble recoveries and three interceptions.
Robson Noel had the most impressive interception, returning it 69 yards and just missing out on a touchdown.
The White defense wasn't too shabby either, with Sean Lewis getting three sacks and leading the way with eight tackles. Heywood Range was the leading tackler for the Green squad with seven tackles, two for a loss, along with a forced fumble and a sack.
"Coach McCrone and his staff have done a very good job of putting the defense together this spring," Bell said. "Our defense throws a lot of different looks at the quarterback and has done a good job of creating turnovers - which is what we need them to do this season."
After a scoreless first quarter, the Green squad put up two touchdowns in the second quarter as Tribble scored on a 16-yard reception with 3:46 left in the half and a 21-yard catch with 40 seconds remaining to take a 14-0 lead.
The Green squad kept piling up the points in the second half - starting with two touchdowns in the third quarter. Harris opened the scoring with a two-yard run with 8:57 left in the quarter and Tribble capped his day with a 45-yard reception from Stepleton to make the score 28-0.
In the fourth quarter, the Green squad's momentum was unstoppable as they put up two more scores. Coltrane scored from a yard out just under two minutes into the final quarter and the scoring was capped on a 14-yard reception from Cameron Abdallah from Jack Solack.
"With practice over, these guys know that there is a lot to do between now and our first game on September 1," Bell said. "Their dedication and development between now and then will determine how we do this season."