The offense scored on three of its 10 possessions during Monday night's Northeastern A&M Blue-Gold scrimmage at Robertson Field.
“I felt pretty good about everything,” Norse head coach Rob Green said. “One of the thing you like as coaches in that final scrimmage is no injuries. That way, when you come back in for fall ball, you will be in good shape with a good nucleus.”
The first score of the scrimmage also was the highlight of the evening.
Redshirt freshman Jordon Gary of Ardmore lofted a 53-yard TD strike over the middle to sophomore-to-be wide receiver Walter Coleman of Denton, Texas.
Coleman caught the ball at about the 20 and strolled into the end zone.
“It's amazing for these young kids,” Green said. You forget how nervous they get. You get a bit of a crowd and have some Division I coaches watching them. They get a little nervous. A lot of them haven't really been in the arena before.”
As usual, the scrimmage was played before a number of coaches from NCAA Division I and II schools, including Oklahoma State's Gunter Brewer.
Others on hand were Arkansas, Purdue, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Northern Illinois, Pittsburg State, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State and Emporia (Kan.) State.
“We've had them in from all over the country come in and take a look at our kids,” Green said. “That is one of the things we sell when a player comes to NEO - you have a chance to play Division I football when you leave here.
“Today is a little like picture day, you spend the whole day entertaining people,” Green said. “That's good. That's part of NEO and part of the NEO tradition.”
Running back Jeremiah Sampson of Coweta had a 16-yard touchdown scamper on a fourth-and-6 play midway through the scrimmage.
The final score came on a 6-yard blast up the middle by running back Justin Fields.
Green was pleased with the performance of Gary, who like Fields played for former Norse head coach Mike Loyd at Ardmore.
“He (Gary) has got a little bit of magic to him,” Green said. “He doesn't have just a tremendous arm or he doesn't have great speed, but he does have a good feel for the game. One of the things I really like about him is he's got a good pocket presence. He will be our No. 1 coming back in the fall.”
The defense also drew praise.
“We feel we strengthened ourselves there at Christmas time,” Green said. “We had a couple of move-ins that are good players, that will be great asset for us.”
Included in that group are linebacker Robert Spann of St. Petersburg, Fla., and defensive tackle Jason Fitch of Star Spencer (a transfer from TCU).
“That is an area we've got to get better at,” Green said. “We can score enough points. We need to slow them (the opposition) down.”