MIAMI — Despite a stiff northeasterly wind and cold temperatures, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen football team spent 90 minutes in a rigorous full pad intra-squad scrimmage Saturday, April 14 on Red Robertson Field.

“For the most part, we battled the elements well,” Golden Norse head

football coach Zach Allen said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be a pretty scrimmage due to the strong wind and colder temperatures than maybe we’ve worked in all spring.

“But, I didn’t hear a word from any of our guys while we were scrimmaging,” Allen said. “They just went to work and accomplished the task at hand.

“I thought it was physical and we had a good tempo going,” Allen said. “We got quite a few plays in which allowed us as coaches to get to see a lot of our players.”

One unit that stood out for Allen and his staff was the physical play of the defensive front.

“Our defensive front had an excellent day,” Allen said. “They played with energy the entire scrimmage.

“Even though the offense was able establish a run game, overall you could tell the defensive line is a little bit ahead in terms of being in position to make a play,” Allen said. “Because of the weather, it was a tough day throwing the football which made it appear that our defense is a little bit ahead of the offense.”

So far this spring the NEO defensive secondary has been in a constant state of flux because of the intense competition.

“Obviously, Greg McCalister is a returning mainstay at safety,” Allen said. “But, some of our transfers that came in at semester really had a nice day and seem to really be buying into our scheme.

“I think for the most part there was some separation in the secondary,” Allen said. “We really had some guys show us that they are ready to play at this level.”

Following Saturday’s evaluation, the Golden Norse return to their Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule before participating in another scrimmage session at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 21.

“This week will be really the last week of spring practice in terms of installing some base stuff on both sides of the ball,” Allen said.

“Then after the scrimmage on Saturday, we’ll spend time getting ready to have some fun during the annual Blue-Gold game.”

The spring workouts conclude at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 3, with the Blue-Gold scrimmage at Red Robertson Field. Both NEO scrimmages are free and open to the public.