April 20, 2013
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LEWISBURG, Pa. - For the first time in three years the Bucknell football spring game was played in dry conditions and it showed in the quality of play. Brandon Wesley completed 19 of 25 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown to lead the Orange team to a 24-10 victory over the Blue squad Saturday evening at a chilly Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
The Orange team received a pair of touchdown runs from Matt DelMauro, who changed teams in the first half, and Wesley found Josh Brake on a two-yard touchdown pass in traffic midway through the third quarter. Derek Maurer added a 41-yard field goal against no rush, according to the game's modified rules that included a running clock and no kickoffs.
The Blue team scored all 10 of its points in the second quarter. Trey Lauletta found a diving Joe Sangimino for a 22-yard touchdown pass and Sean Cobelli connected on a 22-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to round out the Blue scoring.
"The competition in tonight's game was good," commented Bison fourth-year head coach Joe Susan following the contest. "It was good that we were able to open it up a bit. We backed down some of the things we do defensively, but both quarterbacks played well and with only two quarterbacks in the system they both received a lot of reps."
Wesley, who will be a senior in the fall, completed four passes of at least 20 yards, including a 37-yard screen pass to Charles Thompson, who posted a game-high 97 all-purpose yards. Lauletta had three completions of at least 20 yards, including a 43-yarder to Brandon Farrell. He finished the game 9-for-23 for 182 yards and the touchdown to Sangimino.
Wesley's favorite target was Brake, who caught six passes for a game-high 58 yards. Tight end Brian Duncan led Blue with three receptions for 62 yards, including a late 37-yard catch during a two-minute drill.
DelMauro was especially impressive out of the backfield for both teams. He rushed two times for 12 for the Blue team before being traded to the Orange squad. As a member of the Orange team he rushed nine times for 53 yards and both of his touchdowns.
"We have competition at running back," said Susan about the position that currently features DelMauro, Charles Thompson and Brian Regan. "DelMauro showed tonight that he is hard to tackle. It's hard to find him sometimes due to his height."
Thompson, a member of the Orange team, rushed for 53 yards, while Regan ran 12 times for 35 yards for Blue.
Lee Marvel posted a game-high 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks for Blue, while Audrey Diesjuste led Orange with six tackles. The Blue team registered 10 tackles for loss, compared to three for Orange. Tracey Smith's three tackles for loss paced the Blue squad. Jeff Goyette (Orange) had an interception, while both teams fumbled once.
Bucknell had plenty of veterans lead the way on Saturday and that is something that pleases Susan.
"This team has come a long way," said Susan. "A lot of guys have been with us for four years now. If they continue to buy in we will get a lot of leadership from our senior class."
Prior to Saturday's game, Susan announced the team's 2013 captains: fullback Travis Friend, cornerback Derrick Palmer and punter/wide receiver Kyle Sullivan. Additionally, Susan gave out five end-of-spring awards:
Strength and Conditioning MVP: Travis Friend
Strength and Conditioning MVP: Sean Sellers
Most Improved Offensive Player: Matt DelMauro
Most Improved Defensive Player: Matt Johnson
Most Improved Special Teams Player: Kyle Sullivan
Bucknell's spring practice is now complete. The Bison will begin preseason practice in August in preparation for their 2013 season opener vs. Marist Sept. 7 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.