Montana State conducted a scrimmage that lasted a little more than two hours on a windy afternoon at Bobcat Stadium on October 10. The Bobcats played pretty much every player on its roster who was available to appear in the action, including five different quarterbacks.
The White team won the game 14-7 on the shoulders of a short touchdown plunge by redshirt freshman Jaharie Martin with a little over two minutes left.
Martin, sophomore Lane Sumner (Blue team) and true freshman Elijah Elliott (White team) made up the scoring for the afternoon. The rest of the action was dominated by defensive plays and players.
All told, Bobcat defenders picked off four passes, including three by the White team. Tadan Gillman’s interception near the goal line on the final play of the game sealed the win. Blue team senior linebacker Michael Jobman, White team junior safety Jeffrey Manning Jr. and White team true freshman linebacker Danny Uluilakepa all turned in interceptions as well.
Montana State will enter a training phase in the weight room beginning early Monday morning. It remains to be seen when the Bobcats will engage in its next preseason camp, although the Big Sky Conference is expected to release its spring schedule sometime later this month. The NCAA Division I council approved an FCS playoff schedule that will start on April 24
5 TAKEAWAYS FROM “FALL BRAWL”
Montana State’s inside linebackers were the standouts of the “Fall Brawl”
The first big defensive play of Montana State’s first, last and only “competition” of the fall came when outspoken junior linebacker Callahan O’Reilly smacked a White team running back at the line of scrimmage for no gain.
That play started a stream of outstanding hits and plays on the ball by a group that returns more notable players than any other position on the Bobcat defense.
Montana State’s 2019 squad featured a pair of all-league players on each the defensive line and the defensive secondary that exhausted their eligibility last season. MSU must find replacements for Bryce Sterk and Derek Marks up front, Brayden Konkol and Jahque Alleyne on the back end.
Saturday, outstanding senior outside linebackers Troy Andersen and Daniel Hardy did not participate. Neither did All-Big Sky nose tackle Chase Benson, graduate transfer senior tackle John Clark or the freshmen standout defensive tackle duo of Tua Areta and Blake Schmidt.