BUIES CREEK, N.C. — The Campbell football team held its first full scrimmage on Saturday morning inside Barker-Lane Stadium as about 150 friends and family members looked on. The majority of the scrimmage was played in a steady drizzle, but the heavy rains held off until after the conclusion of the intra-squad contest.
After the team went through its normal warm-up routines, the scrimmage began with the kickers practicing their field goals from various distances. When the offensive and defensive teams took the field, defensive back Paul Pizzuti made one of the first big plays, intercepting quarterback Braden Smith.
The offense would then strike as running back Carl Smith put together a string of positive plays. Intially, Smith caught a pass from Braden Smith for a 15-yard reception. The redshirt senior from Pinetops, N.C. then earned a modest seven-yard gain rushing before breaking off a 30-yard touchdown run during which he broke multiple tackles.
The team alternated every few offensive/defensive series with a set of special teams action. Redshirt senior placekicker Adam Willets converted several field goals on the day in addition to some excellent punts. The second round of offensive sets saw Preston Dodson, a former CU basketball player, show off his leaping ability with a fine 28-yard reception from Braden Smith.
Both offensive teams were then able to practice their two-minute offense by taking over posession in their own territory with 1:45 on the clock. The first-team offense marched its way down the field, converting on a touchdown pass from Braden Smith to Harrison Jordan. On the two-point conversion, Stephen Sladek took the option pitch from Smith and converted the try.
The second-team offense, led by quarterback Dakota Wolf, marched its way down the field into field goal range. The drive ended with Adam Willets nailing a 35-yard field goal.
In an overtime session, excellent plays were turned in by defensive back Aaron Nichols, who collected an interception and wide receiver Josh Quirk, who put together back-to-back 25-yard receptions from quarterback Nick Potts.
Coach Steele was pleased with the progress that his team has shown thus far in camp. You can see an interview with him at the attached link. The Camels will have Sunday off and return to the practice field for a Monday morning session beginning at 9:05 a.m.