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Sunday, April 22, 2007

MU football spring game/from MU web site/your thoughts?

Please make any comments/observations, etc., here. I was unable to attend.



Hawk defenders tally 10 sacks, offense puts up 370 yards of total offense

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The defense defeated the offense 47-42, at the annual Monmouth University Blue/White spring football game Sunday afternoon at Kessler Field. The game used a modified spring football scoring system that rewarded points for touchdowns, first downs, turnovers and sacks among others.

“I am very happy with the effort we put forth this spring,” said head coach Kevin Callahan. “I feel we made a great deal of progress over the past 15 days but we are still not where we need to be yet.”

Matt Fullam (Wayne, N.J./DePaul Catholic) led the Hawks on offense by completing 10-of-13 passes for 138 yards and a score to Nick Romeo (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills), who caught six passes for 118 yards. That duo got the Monmouth offense started and brought the crowd of 1,100 to their feet with a 68-yard scoring pass on a third and 12.

David Sinisi (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) led the ground attack with four carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. Brett Burke (Wall, N.J./Wall) completed 8-of-10 passes for 109 yards and Ryan Folsom (Somerdale, N.J./Triton Regional) went 6-of-9 for 83 yards.

Ryan Skorupka (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) had three catches for 104 yards.

One of the longer and more interesting plays of the day occurred when Folsom completed a short pass to Romeo, who fumbled, but Skorupka scooped up the loose ball and rumbled 40 yards down to the 10-yard line. That set up a Mike Pizzuli (Oceanport, N.J./Red Bank Regional) 26-yard field goal.

The offense’s second big play of the day happened when Sinisi, Monmouth’s leading rusher last season, broke a tackle on a fourth and two and scampered 33 yards for a touchdown.

Skorupka hit for another long play as he took a shovel pass from Folsom and rambled 52 yards down the sideline to the 15 yard line. That score set up another Pizzuli field goal, this time of 24 yards.

Joe Arneth (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) led the MU defense with nine tackles and a pass break up, while Kevin Walsh (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) had eight tackles and two sacks. David Kennedy (Fort Lee, N.J./Paterson Catholic) had eight tackles as well, with two sacks and three and a half tackles for loss. Chris Reed (Stewartstown, Pa./York Catholic) had three tackles for loss and two sacks, while Steve Scholl (Manasquan, N.J./Wall) added three TFL as well.

In all, the defense had 10 sacks, broke up three passes and forced and recovered three fumbles.

A host of Hawks contributed multiple-reception days, as Sinisi and Ron Lauch (Wall, N.J./Wall) had three catches and Korey Yngstrom (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Boro), John Nalbone (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) and Rodney Salomon (Marlboro, N.J./Marlboro) hauled in two passes each.

Jack Daniels (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) handled the majority of the punts, averaging 36.1 yards per kick on six attempts. The two teams were awarded points for a variety of plays, including sacks, turnovers, third and fourth down stops and three and outs for the defense while the offense earned points on touchdowns, field goals, first downs, runs of 12+ yards and passes of 20+ yards.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


The punting game looks atrocious right now. I know that Shawn Dennis had a lot of off the field problems. But he'll be the most sorely missed player lost from last year.

4:40 PM, April 23, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Well...granted he was important but will Sean Dennis be missed more than Brian Boland? Mike Castellano? David Jiles? I would say no.

Daniels - though I did not see the game - did average 36 or so yards Sunday from what Greg wrote. I did watch him in the scrimmage the week before and I felt he was at least adequate.

Maybe one of the new recruits.. one of the two freshman kickers they have coming in..may get a shot.

It's an area of concern but I don't think of major concern...well, not yet anyway.. ..

Give Daniels a one is expecting him to be Dennis.

5:13 PM, April 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicely said Tony, what were your thoughts on the defensive side of the ball

7:49 PM, April 23, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Sadly I was unable to attend.

I see where Arneth had a big day at CB..and he also played well I thought in the scrimmage I saw earlier in spring ball.

Anyone who may have attended Sunday feel free to chip in here.

10:17 PM, April 23, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon: we're not ragging on players here (or coaches for that matter).

You want to complain, criticize - OK, but do it on a professional level, or don't do it at all.

10:22 PM, April 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think i was raggin on players, i was simply saying that i would rather have Daniels with 10 less yards per punt than a trouble-maker who was obviously asked to leave the team for off-field events.

11:31 AM, April 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

The way you just put it now was fair.

If you would have stated your feelings that way the first time I would have run it then.

11:01 PM, April 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just cannot see the hawks having a good year with all the players that they have lost many of them specially the 5th year guys being there for the 3 nec championships, callahan and his staff are good coaches, where is the leadership and experience going to come from to win those close games, which has been a hallmark for their championship teams? what do you think tony? i see them winning 4-5 games next year. your thoughts

9:53 PM, April 25, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I tend to agree with you...they could be in line for some tough losses based on inexperience...but sometimes talent can overcome that..

.Also...I think teams like Albany and RMU may also have been senior dominated...

I want to see how MU looks in the fall..especially the defense..that's the key in my opinion... - I think this team will score some points - .and if any of the incoming freshman are of impact quality...

10:08 PM, April 25, 2007  

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