DENTON, Texas – The second spring scrimmage for the North Texas football team saw the defense put on a dominating performance. The 111 play scrimmage featured the offense coming out of the gate strong, but the Mean Green defense putting the clamps on the rest of the way.
“After the first two drives I really though the defense was dominant out there today,” said head coach Dan McCarney. “It was great to see and the effort and intensity from this football team was just as good. I love the attitude that we are playing with right now and we need to keep that going into next week.”
The North Texas offense picked right up where it left off at the end of last Saturday’s scrimmage. On the first series of the day, Derek Thompson engineered a quick TD strike as he found Darnell Smith for a 60-yard catch. Smith got behind the Mean Green defense and Thompson hit him in stride for the score.
The second series saw Andrew McNulty use the running game to put North Texas in the end zone. McNulty called his own number early on the drive for a 50-yard run to put the ball at the 33-yard line and eventually into the end zone. Both drives were 80-yards.
After that the Mean Green defense turned stifling. It started when the first and second team offense was held from the 40-yard line to no points. Then Robert Lewis recovered a forced fumble from wide receiver Lynrick Pleasant.
It didn’t stop there. As the offense moved into goal line drills, on a 3rd and goal to go, McNulty was picked off by Kenny Buyers in the corner of the end zone. Later on defensive back Zed Evans ripped the ball cleanly away from running back Mark Lewis for a turnover.
The defensive line, which has been ravaged by injury, saw Sir Calvin Wallace have his best day in a Mean Green uniform. Wallace had two tackles for a loss and two sacks and was disruptive in the backfield all morning in his time on the field.
The offense did finish the scrimmage off on a high note. On the final drive of the day in overtime, Thompson hit Brelan Chancellor for a 25-yard touchdown score.
North Texas returns to the practice field Monday afternoon for the final week of spring football, which concludes with the spring game on April 13 at 2 p.m. at Apogee Stadium.