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Offense Strikes First in Football Scrimmage

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HELENA, Mont. – The offense struck first but the defense closed strong at Carroll College scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Nelson Stadium.
Ryan Walsh [3] took the fifth play of the scrimmage and bounced it outside for 54 yards and a touchdown to open up the scoring. It was the bulk of his 69 yards.
Dylan Green [4], the other running back vying for the starting job had a respectable 23 yards on five carries.
The starting running back position is still the hottest contested position and it showed as the first team offense only ran four pass plays.
On Mac Roche [5]'s four attempts on the day two were completed, both going to converted tight end Eric Dawson [6].
Dawson compiled ten yards and a touchdown on a four-yard reception to cap the second first-team drive of the game.
Freshman running back Conner Poulson [7] had three carries for 22 yards and a reception for 20 yards. He also had one long carry called back on a holding call.
Linder aired the ball out more than Roche. He was 7-for-8 for 82 yards.
 Head coach Mike Van Diest [8] was pleased with his team's performance although there is still work to be done before the season opener on Sept. 5.
"There were some good things on both sides of the ball but I am really happy with the three running backs," Van Diest said. "You saw what Ryan Walsh [9] can do with a little open space, I thought Dillon Green ran very hard between the tackles and Conner Poulson [10] did some really good things today, not only running the ball but out there on a screen play too."
The Carroll defense didn't try to do too much, Van Diest wanted them to focus on the basics and it paid off with seven tackles for loss including a sack against Linder.
"We played pretty vanilla on defense today," Van Diest said. "We didn't blitz at all today and we didn't put them in too many bad situations. We just wanted to see them execute the fundamentals. Those are defenses that we run a lot and we need to execute on assignment, alignment football."
School starts Monday and the team will move to one-a-day practices for two weeks leading up to the home opener against Southern Oregon.

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