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Griz defense bounces back in second fall scrimmage

Published On: Aug 17 2013 04:31:14 PM MDT
Updated On: Aug 17 2013 04:45:35 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Last week the offense shined for Montana in the first scrimmage, but the defense bounced back in the second fall scrimmage.

The offense did score once on their first possession though, quarterback Jordan Johnson led an eight play, 65-yard drive, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Joey Counts.

But the defense didn't allow much after that. It started with a pass that was picked off by linebacker Tucker Schye, he returned the interception 41-yards for a defensive touchdown. Later in the scrimmage Grizzly senior linebacker Jordan Tripp intercepted a pass that he took inside the 10-yard line.

Junior defensive end Zack Wagenmann had a sack, tackle for loss, and a pass deflection, while sophomore end Tyrone Holmes had a sack, a Tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry. The leading tacklers were linebacker Kelsey Lippert and cornerback Sean Murray, with 4 stops each.

"As it should be the defense had a chip on their shoulder from last week," said head coach Mick Delaney. "Obviously they weren't satisfied with the way that it went a week ago so they've worked extra hard this week to come out today so to speak with their hair on fire and they did that."

"We came out ready to go," said senior linebacker Jordan Tripp. "We came out focused last weak the offense lit us up today they missed on a couple opportunities very simple could have had a lot of big plays."

"Our goal every day in fall camp is just to get better than that day before," said senior linebacker Brock Coyle. "I was proud of our defense today in the scrimmage. After the film we just had little things that we wanted to correct and I thought we did well today from the front seven to the back end I was happy with our defense today."

Sunday the team will have its first day off in two weeks, and then return to the practice field for a two-a-day session on Monday.