Aug. 22, 2014
THE FLATS – Under live game conditions and near 100-degree heat index, Georgia Tech scrimmaged for the final time Friday at Bobby Dodd Stadium before next Saturday’s season-opener versus Wofford on the Flats.
The teams were split White (starters and reserves) versus Blue (scout team) and the White Team reached the end zone on its first three possessions en route to a 50-6 victory. All special teams were in action during Friday’s scrimmage that was played as a full, four-quarter contest with officials.
“We were just trying to get the game situations,” said head coach Paul Johnson. “But it (the score) got ugly quickly. It’s hard when you divide the teams, with the disparity between the teams that there was today. You’re never where you what to be at this time. You’re always trying to get better. For the most part, we’ve had a good camp.”
The Yellow Jackets have Saturday and Sunday off before game-week begins Monday.
Boosted by great field position from a 55-yard return from Jamal Golden on the opening kickoff, the White Team reached the end zone in four plays, capped by an 18-yard run from QB Justin Thomas.
Golden gave White better field position following a 31-yard punt return, and White cashed in with one play – a 48-yard pass from Thomas to DeAndre Smelter to make it 14-0.
An eight-play drive, highlighted by B.J. Bostic’s 10-yard touchdown run extended the lead to 21-0.
Senior Synjyn Days ran well, going for 35 yards on a pitch with his first touch. He also had a pair of nine-yard carries that set up Bostic’s touchdown.
Tim Byerly engineered a six-play touchdown drive that ended when he found Brandon Oliver for a 28-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline, making it 35-0.
The Blue Team (scout team) finally scratched when a seven-play drive was capped on a Brady Swilling to Darren Waller 32-yard touchdown pass down the seam. (PAT was blocked).
An 11-play touchdown drive that featured seven carries by Matt Connors gave the White a 43-6 lead. Matthew Jordan finished it off with a one-yard keeper and the White Team was successful on its two-point conversion attempt.
Days set up the White’s final scoring drive with a 28-yard carry and Byerly finished it with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Broderick Snoddy.
White Team’s Tyler Stargel made it 28-0 when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. Stargel was also in on a sack.
Also for the White, KeShun Freeman had back-to-back hits on the quarterback that helped stall an early drive, and recorded a second sack later in the scrimmage.
Senior LB Kyle Travis was active for the White Team, with five tackles (unofficially), one for a loss and one sack.
Redshirt freshman John Marvin recovered a late-scrimmage fumble for the White Team.
Lynn Griffin registered a sack for the Blue Team.
Sophomore Harrison Butker converted all six PAT’s he attempted.
There were no field goal tries by either team.
Ryan Rodwell handled punting duties for both teams – his best of the day being a 48-yarder that was fair caught.
Jamal Golden gave the White Team good field position with a 55-yard kickoff return on the game’s opening kickoff. He then returned a punt 31 yards to set up the second score.