Defense wins Wesleyan spring scrimmage


TENNERTON — Scoring was at a minimum in West Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Orange and Black scrimmage held Friday evening at Freal “Red’ Crites Memorial Stadium on the campus of B-UHS.
Only one touchdown was scored by the offense as the defense prevailed by a score of 28-10.
The game consisted of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock and the defense started with 28 points. If the offense tied or took the lead, the defense would get three points for a stop and five for a turnover.
Head coach Del Smith, entering his second-season with the Bobcats, was generally pleased with the scrimmage.
“I saw some good things,” Smith said. “It was a spirited game and guys were flying around.
“It was a solid spring game. One of our expectations going into the game was simply to stay healthy and we did that.”
The lone touchdown of the evening came in the first half  when Ryan Deal connected with Christian Nelson for a 66-yard score.
Tyler Fischer added a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the scrimmage.
“We knew who we were going into the spring game,” Smith said. “This was more a celebration of the last 15 practices and work that our guys have put in.
“We know where our areas of concern are and we addressed many of those issues with our incoming recruiting class.”
More than 40 signees from the 2017 recruiting class attended the scrimmage.
“We had a great crowd, probably larger than last year,” Smith said. “I want to thank the administration at Buckhannon-Upshur High School for hosting us.”
Wesleyan will new look ahead to the season opener when the team resumes practices in the fall. The Bobcats will visit Mountain East Conference foe Concord on Thursday, Aug. 31 for a night game.
“I talked to the team after the game and told them the choices they make over the next three months are going to define what we are on Aug. 31 for our season opener,” Smith added.


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