Olson likes what he sees in SOU scrimmage
Southern Oregon University's first-ever spring football intrasquad game featured periods of efficient offense and moments of defensive dominance at Spiegelberg Stadium Saturday.
First-string quarterback Dan Woodward of Eagle Point highlighted the balanced SOU offense by going 13-for-24 for 179 yards and one touchdown in the 75-play, 14-drive controlled scrimmage.
On the other side of the ball, senior All-American defensive back Nick Daniken compiled a team-best seven tackles while helping the first-team defense surrender only a pair of field goals.
"I felt pretty good about the game, and we came out of it healthy," seventh-year head coach Jeff Olson said. "Our intensity was solid."
The offensive group scored on its first two drives - a 37-yard field goal by junior kicker Steve Baker, an Arizona State transfer, and a 30-yard touchdown run by redshirt-freshman running back Caleb Krantz of Myrtle Point.
The defensive squad held the offense scoreless the next four drives, and senior linebacker Dominic Fredericksen recovered a fumble and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown in the ninth series.
Sophomore receiver Bobby Poeltl's 44-yard catch followed by a 29-yard scamper set up set Bill Jolin's 1-yard touchdown run on the seventh drive, and the offense found paydirt for the third time on the 10th possession on Woodward's 10-yard strike to redshirt-freshman Jake Kirkwood.
Sophomore receiver Carl Dice finished with six catches for 74 yards, while Krantz and junior transfer Brandon White each amassed 39 rushing yards.
The defensive group registered five sacks, five tackles for losses, forced four fumbles and held three quarterbacks to a combined 20-for-42 passing.
"We played a lot of basic defense today to help our guys adjust from quick-whistled practice sessions to a simulated game situation," Olson said.
Offensively, SOU passed for 281 yards and 10 different ball carriers accumulated a total of 137 yards.
"The offensive key today was to get (Woodward) a lot of snaps," Olson said. "He made good decisions and threw the ball very well."
Baker, who served as a Sun Devil punter in 1999 and 2000, and second-string kicker Cole Portwood each finished 3-for-3 in field goal and point-after attempts.
Southern Oregon went 9-2 last season, advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals and rose to a program-best No. 5 in the final national rankings.
1st drive: Steve Baker 37 field goal2nd drive: Caleb Crantz 30 run7th drive: Bill Jolin — run (Baker kick)8th drive: Baker 27 field goal9th drive: Dominic Fredericksen 43 fumble return10th drive: Jake Kirkwood 10 pass from Dan Woodward (Baker kick)14th drive: Baker 27 field goal
Passing - Woodward 13-24-179, Griffith 4-8-46, Chiappino 3-10-56.
Rushing - White 13-39, Krantz 3-39, Poeltl 1-29, Wilson 4-19, McGrorty 4-14, Stout 3-8, Jolin 3-2, Chiappino 1-1, Griffith 1-(-7), Woodward 4-(-21).
Receiving - Dice 6-74, Jordan 4-51, Poeltl 1-44, Conrad 2-49, S. Negra 3-27, Auoriri 2-26, Kirkwood 1-10, VanderKley 1-0.
Attendance - 300.