Generally pleased with the overall execution on both sides of the football during Wednesday evening's scrimmage with Independence (Kan.) Community College, Northeastern A&M head coach Rob Green and his staff will continue evaluation today and Friday.
“We'll break down the film and go over it with the players during meetings Thursday afternoon,” Green said following the 90-minute scrimmage. “Then we'll go out on the practice field and make our adjustments Friday and Saturday.”
With more than 105 players still participating in practices, the Golden Norsemen will begin their pregame preparation Sunday for the Aug. 25 season opener against Dodge City, Kan.
“We learned that we have the capability to be pretty explosive on offense,” Green said. “We also saw how wide-eyed our freshmen get. For me, I've been in the game so long that this was just like another practice.
“Independence never really stopped us at any point even though they have some good athletes,” Green said. “Bo Bowling (a 5-10, 205-pound sophomore quarterback from Tonkawa) proved that he's going to be a force to be reckoned with.
“He showed a lot of poise and confidence in the huddle and he executed the plays as they were called,” Green said.
Freshman tailback Shaun Baker-Hughes (6-0, 190 of Tulsa Edison) also caught Green's eye.
“Shaun has a chance to be pretty good,” Green said. “He showed a lot of speed both inside and out.
“We also appear to have a very good group of wide receivers,” Green said. “They all did a good job of executing their routes.
“But, the way our veteran offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage was very exciting,” Green said. “Everything sort of fed off their play.
“Defensively, we had the same old breakdowns that you have early in the season,” Green said. “We left a couple of receivers open in the flats and our secondary got caught-up in a third-and-5 call and got beat by a play-action pass.
“But those are things that we've got to correct,” Green said. “We've got to learn