Blue Edges White 10-6 in Spring Scrimmage

Blue Edges White 10-6 in Spring Scrimmage

April 23, 2005

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Despite heavy rains and a 30-minute delay for lightning, an enthusiastic Yale football team capped its spring practices with the Blue-White scrimmage at Yale Bowl on Saturday afternoon with a few hundred spectators braving the conditions.

Newly elected captain Jeff Mroz connected on 13 of 18 passing attempts for 127 yards as the Blue edged the White 10-6 in a 30-minute contest.

Running back David Knox set up the game's first score by rambling 23 yards (longest run of the game) before punching it in from four yards out to give the Blue the lead. Knox led all runners with 46 yards on 11 carries.

Serving as the placekicker for both sides, Alan Kimball, who also connected on a 29-yard field goal for the Blue and nailed most of his kickoffs deep, booted the extra point. But the kicker got the most cheers for his helmet-deploying tackle on Chris Denny-Brown after the receiver/return man had brought back a kickoff 50 yards.

"We had a great spring and today was the day to have fun," said Jack Siedlecki, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football. "We saw a lot of young guys out there. We just wanted to put two even teams together and let them play."

Matt Polhemus quarterbacked the white and hit wide receiver Ashley Wright, who also did some punting, on an 81-yard TD pass. Wright (4 receptions, 95 yards) caught the ball 30 yards down the field and ran the rest of the way by himself.

Polhemus finished the day six-for-19 with 118 yards and three interceptions. Two of the picks were by defensive back Nick Solakian.

Other good offensive days came from WR Chandler Henley (7 catches) and RB Jordan Spence (13-35).

"We closed out the spring well. It was slippery out there today, but this will bring a lot of energy into our summer," said Spence, whose brother will be a freshman at Yale next fall. "I can see it in the guys. There was a lot of energy out there."

Brandon Etheridge, Brendan Sponheimer and Brandt Hollander all had sacks.

report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Assistant AD and Sports Publicity Director