Feb 21, 2016

Topeka Scrimmage 2-20-16

Although the Washburn team had players with great size and speed, unfortunately, they only had 8 available for the game today. The Jayhawks spotted them enough players to make it 14 players a side. They agreed to a scrimmage with 4 long quarters, with the Jayhawks swapping players between sides at those quarter breaks. The game was a sunny 71 degrees with little wind. It was a beautiful day for a game. Because this was a scrimmage, I’ll leave out the minute mark in scoring.

*The Jayhawks freshman wing COLE TRIPP fielded a kick way out on the wide side of the field and sprinted down the right side line and scored in the center. Fly half BENDAN NACHBAR made the conversion kick. (Note there were goal posts at only one end of the pitch, which made the team scoring in one direction wait until the ball was moved to the far end for an attempt.)

*The Jayhawks # 8 sophomore MAX PALMER started a break through players and fed to hooker JOSH SHIPMAN who then fed freshman lock RYAN HARRIMAN, who galloped from mid field to the goal line, then fed fellow freshman lock TANNER SHIMEK for a try. (Note it’s a high point when you see the forwards with this kind of speed sharing the ball like this.)

*Jayhawks scrum half sophomore JOE CONNOR caught a penalty kick 40 meters out and ran through players down to the goal line, where he fed to the big prop, freshman JEFF SCHUMAN who scored a try.

*Jayhawks lock freshman RYAN HARRIMAN got a loose ball from a lineout and ran from mid field to the goal line. He was caught and a fast ruck fed to sophomore MATT HARMON who scored in the left corner.

*Jayhawks flanker freshman CAMRON REX ran a ball from mid field to the goal line, where he fed to junior fly half BRENDAN NACHBAR who scored a try.

*Jayhawks inside center SAM TANNER punted from mid field. The ball took an odd bounce on the goal line. SAM TANNER downed his own kick in goal for a try. (Note – fielding your own deeply-kicked ball should have some sort of special term.)

*Jayhawks sophomore MAX PALMER was now playing outside center for Topeka. He was fed a pass on the left sideline at mid field and ran through two attempted tackles on his way to a long run for a try. PALMER looks a muscular 10 pounds heavier than last season.

*Jayhawks sophomore MATT HARMON playing hooker for Topeka sprinted to the goal line and fed Topeka’s wing RYAN COKELEY who dove in for a try in the left corner. (Topeka’s only score.)

*Jayhawks BRENDAN NACHBAR playing fly half for Topeka punted a high kick from mid field to near the left sideline. The ball took an odd bounce, Jayhawk junior DYLAN FLOYD outran the field and collected the ball for a run for a try. (Note FLOYD is in great shape and was running in a gear above others most of the day.)

*The Jayhawks kicked off to Topeka. The Jayhawks DYLAN FLOYD playing for Topeka busted down the left sideline, broke an ankle tackle and ran a good 70 meters. He fed the ball back inside to BRENDAN NACHBAR who trailed him on the run and who finished off the run for try.

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