Orange offense struggles in Spring Game
SU ATHLETICS/MIKE LEVIN
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV) - The defense did all the scoring and Team Anselmo defeated Team Moore in the annual Spring Football Game, 9-0, on Saturday in front of 3,716 in the Carrier Dome.
Defensive tackle Jay Bromley sacked quarterback Charley Loeb for a safety to open the scoring. Teammate Brandon Sharpe, a defensive end, returned a fumble 17 yards for a touchdown and kicker Ross Krautman converted the extra point to round out the 9-0 triumph.
"We had 13 outstanding days of practice," fourth-year head coach Doug Marrone said. "The way I look at Spring football, you don't put it all in on one day. I look at is as the entire body of work. People are getting better; a lot of the younger players from practice 11-13 made an outstanding push, and we really saw a jump in their ability, and that's exciting."
The squad was divided up into two teams, one led by assistant coach John Anselmo and the other by assistant coach Rob Moore. The scrimmage was live with a running clock for four quarters. The squads punted, but the returns were not live.
Both scores came in the first quarter. Bromley sacked Loeb for a safety in the early going, staking Team Anselmo to a 2-0 advantage. Bromley had a hand on the other score as well, forcing a second-quarter fumble that Sharpe picked up and ran 17 yards for a touchdown.
"It was just a good play call," Bromley said. "I got through the blocker and I was surprised that the quarterback held onto the ball, so I just ran after him and tried to tackle him and the ball just came out. I was watching it roll and just hoped that someone picked it up and then Sharpe was right there for the touchdown.”
Team Anselmo's defensive effort featured a five-tackle performance by linebacker Sikiri Diabete. His five stops included a tackle for loss, a quarterback sack, and fourth-quarter interception he returned twenty yards. Strong safety Shamarko Thomas and linebacker Dan Vaughan each had four stops while linebacker Cameron Lynch and Bromley had three tackles apiece. Each of Bromley's tackles were behnd the line of scimmage. Cornerback Brandon Reddish had two tackles and a scrimmage-best three pass breakups.
Nose tackle Robert Welch paced Team Moore's defense with six total tackles, including two tackles for losses and a quarterback sack. Linebacker Dom Amene addeed four tackles, including 2.5 tackles for losses.
Quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 11-of-18 passes for 163 yards for Team Anselmo. Wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena caught three passes for 55 yards, including a 48-yard bomb. Tight end Beckett Wales had three receptions for 34 yards and wide receiver Marcus Sales contributed two catches for 68 yards. Running back Prince Tyson-Gulley ran seven times for 18 yards to lead team Anselmo's ground attack.
John Kinder and Loeb split signal-calling duties for Team Moore. Kinder was five-of-11 for 56 yards and Loeb was three-of-10 for 66 yards. Ashton Broyld completed a 14-yard throwback to Loeb during the contest. Broyld had two receptions for 50 yards with a long of 44 yards. Wide receiver Adrian Fleming caught two passes for 32 yards and tight end David Stevens had two receptions for 28 yards.
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