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August 15, 2012

Rettig Leads the Way


The last week has not been kind to the BC Eagles, as starters Chris Pantale and Al Louis-Jean both went down with injuries that will keep them out multiple weeks.

There is finally some good news to report out of BC camp though, as Chase Rettig looks like he has really started to grasp Doug Martin's offense. Rettig went 14-of-21 for 259 yards and a touchdown in the scrimmage. Perhaps most importantly, Rettig connected on a handful of explosive passing plays much to the delight of his new offensive coordinator.

The most exciting of the explosive plays came in the 2nd half of the scrimmage. Rettig hit receiver Colin Larmond perfectly in stride 17 yards down-the-field on a slant pass. Larmond never had to slow down to catch the pass and exploded through the BC defense after making the catch. Safety Jim Noel had a chance to take down Larmond, but didn't take a good enough angle, and Larmond made him pay. No BC defender came close to chasing Larmond from behind

Rettig also connected with Alex Amidon on two explosive plays, both 30+ yards. Both plays were similar as Amidon ran a post pattern and Rettig laid the pass out perfectly so Amidon could go over and get the pass.

As a bonus, Rettig ran the 2 minute drill pretty flawlessly as well. Late in practice, the Eagles ran a late game simulation in which the offense had the ball at their own-30, down 3, with 1:42 left. Rettig completed 5 passes, including a 25 yarder to Johnathan Coleman, to lead the offense into field goal range to tie the game.

Josh Bordner led the second team offense for the majority of the scrimmage, and finished 10-of-19 for 67 yards. Bordner tried several deep passes in the scrimmage---with the ball traveling 40+ yards in the air most times--- but he unsuccessful on connecting on any of them. Bordner's arm looks even livelier than last year. He just has to work on his accuracy a bit more at this point.

Dave Shinskie was the third quarterback in and brought some life to the offense as he was very fired up on the field. On one play, Shinskie ran a QB sneak on 4th and inches and dove forward for the first down. Shinskie got up and pumped his fists with approval.

Mike Marscovetra and Christian Suntrup did not get in the scrimmage.

Running Backs

The backs were a little shorthanded in this scrimmage. Tahj Kimble suited up and warmed up with the team, but was held out for precautionary reasons.

"Tahj (Kimble) bruised his leg last week and it flared up again," said Frank Spaziani.

Rolandan Finch did play, but was injured when he got taken down hard after catching a pass from Rettig early in the scrimmage. Finch spent the rest of the scrimmage with his left leg extended on the bench and iced. Spaziani said that Finch will go in for an X-Ray tomorrow.

Without Kimble and Finch, Andre Williams, George Craan, and Mike Javorski handled the load.

Not surprisingly, Williams was the most impressive of the backs. On a day where the line wasn't opening many holes, Williams still found small holes to get through from time to time. In the goal-line situational drills, Williams ran the ball with authority and scored two touchdowns.

Craan saw more action than was expected. The back lacks top flight speed, but did show some potential on short yardage situations. Craan scored a touchdown.

Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends

Aside from the play of Rettig, the most encouraging performance on the offensive side of the ball came from Larmond, who showed top end speed on his 72 yard touchdown.

Another top performer from the wideouts was Johnathan Coleman, who had two receptions over 25 yards. On both plays, Coleman had to go up and grab the ball over a smaller cornerback. It was encouraging to see Coleman used his size to his advantage.

The Eagles still continue to look for a replacement for Chris Pantale. With Mike Naples still sidelined with an injury, Jarrett Darmstatter got to run with the first team. Darmstatter did a nice job blocking on the line. He will continue to try and get better at creating separation in pass routes.

Offensive Line
The first team OL consisted of:

LT- Cleary
LG- Vardaro
C- Gallik
RG- White
RT- Wetzel

As a unit, the line was a little underwhelming considering that the defense had two backup players up front at defensive tackle. While the line gave Retting time to throw on his explosive plays, the run blocking left a little to be desired.

The second team OL was:

LT- Lembke
LG- Williams
C- Gaughan
RG- Betancourt
RT- Kramer

The standout on the second team line was tackle Aaron Kramer. He did a nice job of sealing his man off on a couple of running plays. Also, Kramer displayed an impressive amount of strength when Dillon Quinn lined up in front of him on a 3rd-and-long and obvious passing down situation. Quinn tried to bull-rush Kramer, but the sophomore held his ground and stood up Quinn.

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