Dover, Del. (Apr. 12) --- The Delaware State defense forced four turnovers, including one returned for a touchdown, in the Red / White scrimmage to wrap up the Hornets’ spring football camp at Alumni Stadium Friday evening.
Senior safety Jahad Neibauer returned one of three interceptions by the defense for a 50-yard touchdown, while the Hornet offense also lost a fumble in the scrimmage.
“We gave up some big rushing yards early in the scrimmage but turned things around after the first interception,” said Hornet second-year defensive coordinator Mark James. “The offense connected on a couple of big pass plays later in the scrimmage, but for the most part I thought our intensity level was high and we were very opportunistic. Of course, there’s plenty to work on as we prepare for summer camp and next season, but I’m pleased with our progress. ”
Despite the turnovers, the Hornet offene made a few big plays of its own in the scrimmage. The offensive line created holes for nice early gains by running backs Bryant Dallas (sr.), Thomas Bertrand-Hudon (r-fr.) and Michael Chris-Ike.
Shayne Smith (jr.), whose lone collegiate start was in the 2018 finale against Virginia-Lynchburg, started the scrimmage and played the first and third quarter.
True freshman Tylik Bethea took the rest of the snaps at quarterback. The Staten Island, N.Y., native threw touchdown passes to receivers Brett Pilkerton (so) and newcomer Carlton Lawrence, in addition to a 50-yard pass to wideout Rey Orocio.
“Overall, I was pleased that we were able to get everyone an opportunity to compete and with the energy level on both sides of the ball,” said Hornet second year head coach Rod Milstead. “I stated throughout camp that all positions are up for grabs and that created some good competition. The staff and I will evaluate the film and make our evaluations as we moved forward. There’s plenty of room for improvement, but we are better than we were a year ago.”
The Hornets will convene their summer camp in early August. The 2019 opener is Aug. 29 at the University of Delaware.