January 12, 2001
Run up Yardage in Scrimmage, Defense Allows One Score
ORLANDO - Birmingham rolled up 354 yards total
offense and limited New York/New Jersey to 151 yards
passing as the Bolts and Hitmen met in a 60-play live
scrimmage at Showalter Field Friday night.
teams officially scored just one touchdown, but Birmingham's
Brad Palazzo kicked two field goals and the Bolts had
another scored called back for a penalty. Birmingham's
lone touchdown came on an 18-yard pass from Casey Weldon
to Stepfret Williams. Palazzo's field goals were from
37 and 47 yards.
thought the effort was really good. I think we have
the makings of good team chemistry," head coach
Gerry DiNardo said. "Technically, we need work
like anybody would at this point in camp."
got most of the snaps at quarterback for Birmingham,
completing 9 of 15 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.
Jay Barker completed 4 of 8 for 67 yards, while Graham
Leigh was 3 of 6 for 32 yards. Combined, the Bolts passed
for 207 yards.
Curtis Alexander and James Bostic were the running stars
for Birmingham. Alexander rushed for 66 yards on six
carries, 43 of those coming on one play. Alexander had
an 8-yard touchdown run nullified by a penalty. Bostic
ran for 56 yards on six carries, with a long run of
28. Five Bolts ball carriers ran for a combined 147
led all receivers with three catches for 34 yards and
a score. Joe Douglass had two receptions for 52 yards
and Steve Smith two catches for 45 yards. Kevin Drake
had two for 24 yards and tight end Ed Smith gathered
in two passes for 23 yards
truly think we were attacking on both sides of the ball.
The way we practice is the way we played that scrimmage,"
offensive tackle Ed King said. ""We had enough
rushing yards to open up the passing game."
Knott came up big for the Birmingham defense, stopping
a New York/New Jersey running back in the open field
on fourth and goal from the 4 yard line and blocking
a Hitmen field goal attempt.
Hitmen touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from Kevin Mason
to Sean Love. Mason ran for the point after.
Sloan also had a big night for the Thunderbolts defense,
breaking up two passes. Sloan dropped a sure interception
for a touchdown on the first play of the scrimmage,
perfectly breaking on a flat route before not being
able to catch the ball.