RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior Jared McClain and sophomore Bennie Coney each threw a pair of touchdowns in the Eastern Kentucky University football scrimmage Saturday morning at Roy Kidd Stadium. This was the second scrimmage of the preseason for the Colonels.
In McClain’s first drive under center, he guided the offense on a touchdown drive capped by a five-yard scoring pass to sophomore tight end Jon Floyd.
The defense turned in numerous big plays the rest of the first half. Junior defensive back Stanley Absanon came up with an interception on the ensuing drive and nearly hauled in a second interception minutes later. Redshirt freshman Eric Reed also hauled in an interception. The defense made three goal-line stands as well, including a fourth down stop inside the five-yard line right before halftime by senior defensive back Brandon Stanley.
In the second half, the offense turned up its play and recorded touchdowns on three of its first four drives. McClain started the scoring spree with a perfect 11-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide out Devin Borders. Coney followed suit with a 12-yard scoring toss to junior Taylor Miller. On that drive, sophomore JJ Jude strung together a few impressive running plays.
The final score of the scrimmage came via the big play when Coney found freshman wide receiver Scott Daniel behind the defense for a 46-yard touchdown pass. Senior defensive back Theron Norman did add a third interception for the maroon squad late in the scrimmage.
Before opening the regular season, the Colonels will host a Fan Day event next Saturday evening at Roy Kidd Stadium. Football, volleyball and soccer players will offer a free clinic to kids before having an autograph session.
Eastern Kentucky kicks off the 2014 season with a Thursday night road game at Robert Morris on Aug. 28. EKU’s home opener is slated for Sept. 13 against Morehead State.