Orediggers sharp in scrimmage

A small group of Oredigger fans and some future Montana Tech football players saw a lot of good things from their team at a short scrimmage at Alumni Coliseum.

For Oredigger coach Chuck Morrell, though, the scrimmage was about what he didn’t see.

“The biggest thing that we really focused on today was ‘let’s not make the big mistakes,’ Morrell said. “I saw a pretty clean scrimmage overall. I didn’t see guys jumping off sides. We took care of the ball pretty well. Guys tackled well in the open field. All in all, it was perfect the way I wanted to see it.”

The highlight of the day come from an unlikely source. Matt Berg, Tech’s kicker and likely the third-string quarterback, found freshman Dennis Henderson for a strike over the middle with a pass of about 20 yards.

Henderson did the rest, racing the distance for a 90-yard touchdown pass.

Senior quarterback Brian Schwarzkoph, who took over the starting job after Nick Baker decided to forego football to go to graduate school, was steady running the offense.

He found fullback Tyson Shriver in the flat, and Shriver made a few nice moves to turn the play into a 25-yard touchdown.

Junior running back Taylor Rowe also had a big day. He scored on a short touchdown run. He also busted through the middle for a 24-yard score.

That TD came after newcomer Clay Cavender broke a nice run to give Orediggers a glimpse of what Morrell says is an exciting future.

“Brian is certainly our clear-cut No. 1,” Morrell said of his quarterback situation. “Clay certainly provides us a nice change up. We’re going to find a way for Clay to be on the field because he brings a different dynamic. When he runs with the football, something big is going to happen.”

Oredigger fans didn’t see a heavy dose of Pat Hansen Saturday. Morrell said he doesn’t see the need to overuse his team MVP during the spring.

“I know what Pat can do. I’m pretty familiar with his ability level,” Morrell said of the junior. “It’s an opportunity for a lot of young guys to take some caries. I’ve got to find out about Taylor Rowe. Tyson Shriver did some nice things carrying the football. I looked at Clay Brozovich. There’s no doubt Pat is our No. 1 guy. We’ve got to find out who is the guy who comes in when Pat needs a blow.”

Morrell pointed out that his No. 1 offense was successful against the No. 2 defense and the No. 1 defense easily handled the No. 2 offense.

“When we put our ones versus our ones out there it was ultra competitive,” Morrell said. “That was good to see.”

Defensively, the coach pointed to the play of a pair of linebackers.

“Mike Touzinsky, who has just gotten going again, had a really nice day for us,” Morrell said of Touzinsky, who had been dealing with some minor injuries. “He was out a chunk of the spring, and he made a lot of nice plays. David Meis has had a great spring for us, and he had another solid day for us today.”

The Orediggers have one more week of spring drills. The Green and White game is set for 1 p.m. next Saturday at Alumni Coliseum.

Tech running back Taylor Rowe makes a big gain.
With a handful of future Orediggers looking on, Montana Tech coach Chuck Morrell addresses his team after Saturday’s scrimmage.