MIAMI — Evaluation and clarification were both front and center during the first of three intrasquad football scrimmages Saturday, April 15, by the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen at Red Robertson Field.

“I felt we were real happy with the play of our defense,” Golden Norse head coach Clay Patterson said. “We were able to eliminate giving up big plays which are quite prevalent with the offenses in our league (Southwest Junior College Football Conference).

“We accomplished those tasks while also running to the ball quite well,” Patterson said. “Once we got to the ball, we did a great job of tackling which was good from that aspect for us.”

Weather permitting; the more than 70 Golden Norsemen players will participate at 10 a.m. Saturday in the second of four intrasquad scrimmages on the synthetic surface of Red Robertson Field.

“The future of Saturday’s scrimmage depends on what the weather is like,” Patterson said. “If there's lightning, we may hold off until later in the day and try to get it played.

“But, if it’s just raining and not lightning, then we’ll go ahead and hold it,” Patterson said. “We’ll go if it just rains and get out there and get after it.

“It will be a good chance for us to learn how to go in all adverse conditions,” Patterson said. “As long as it’s not lightning we’ll get it in.”

Another observation Patterson and his staff made concerning the scrimmage was the fact that several players were learning to relax and simply make a play.

“Offensively, we turned the ball over a couple of times that was disappointing,” Patterson said. “I also thought that our overall quarterback play could have been better.

“Our big thing is to make sure that guys are playing the right way,” Patterson said. “Overall, our guys are playing the right way.

“The receivers made some big-time catches and our running backs were able to move the ball down the field,” Patterson said. “Last spring we were injured in both of these areas which hampered our evaluation.

“We were pleased overall by our kids effort,” Patterson said. “Effort, attitude and tempo are the three things that we need our entire team to be aware of.

“Our work-in-progress offensive line had a good scrimmage also,” Patterson said. “They have made great strides since we started practices and are really coming on.”

NEO’s final in-camp scrimmage will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 29.

The annual Blue-Gold scrimmage, which will be played under game-like conditions, will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, at Red Robertson Field.