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Day 13: Too Close To Call

August 20, 2009

 It was hard to tell whether the offense or the defense had the upper hand in Wednesday’s two-a-day sessions for the West Liberty University football team at Russek Field.

      And that’s just the way head coach Roger Waialae likes it.

      “We’re done teaching so the focus now is on getting it right and getting it right every time,” Waialae said. “We have fist-poundplaymakers on both sides of the football so we shouldn’t see the offense or the defense consistently dominating the action and we’re not seeing that. What we are seeing is more consistent execution offensively and defensively. You have to take care of the little things in order to make the big things happen.”

      The team went at it in full pads during the morning session with true freshman defensive linemen Zack Turley and Tony Montgomery drawing praise from defensive coordinator Jeff Monteroso for their run-stuffing efforts.

      Quarterback Zach Amedro had another good session. The junior standout hit several long gainers to receivers Pauly Ferguson, Ryan Travis and Willie Walker during 7-on-7. Walker turned in the longest play, beating his man down the right sideline and running under an Amedro rainbow for a 75-yard score. Eddie Hills, Kashif Walls and Alex Matviko also had several catches during the segment.

      The defense rebounded during the Blitz drill with cornerback Dashon Fooks picking off Amedro’s first pass and running it backs 40 yards to paydirt. That was the only interception of the segment but the defense acquitted itself quite well.

      The offense worked primarily on red zone stuff during the team segment. Kevon Calhoun and Jimmy Burress each ran well from the A-Back spot. Defensive end Ryan Mirich lined up at tight end for a few snaps and caught a pass.

      The highlight of the afternoon session was the team segment, with the offense working against the defense on several possessions from the offense’s 25.

      The offense ground out a pair of first downs to cross midfield on the opening possession before Amedro dropped back and hit wide receiver David Kampfe for a 47-yard touchdown down the right sideline. The defense bounced back with a sack and a 3-and-out on the next possession.

      The third possession was highlighted by another long Burress run – one of several he’s broken during camp. This one covered 46 yards and put the ball inside the defense’s 20. Freshman wideout Vinnie Candelore continued his strong play during camp with a diving touchdown catch of an Amedro pass from 19 yards out.

      Only one session is scheduled for Thursday although the players will still be reporting to Russek Field bright and early for the team’s annual Photo Day.

      Sports Information Director Matt Watson and West Liberty women’s basketball standout Tori Hansen shot more than 100 photos of Wednesday’s two sessions. To access the pictures, click on the following link: Training Camp Photos: Day 13

      In the photo above, center Jose Baez (72) congratulates quarterback Zach Amedro (11) after a completion as fellow linemen Randy Lemus (75) and Tim Ickes (71) look on.

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