Football Holds Final Preseason Scrimmage

The defense comes up with a stop in FSU's final preseason scrimmage (Photo courtesy Zeke Jennings - Big Rapids Pioneer)
The defense comes up with a stop in FSU's final preseason scrimmage (Photo courtesy Zeke Jennings - Big Rapids Pioneer)

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Big Rapids, Mich. - The 2009 Ferris State University football team held its final preseason scrimmage on Friday (Aug. 21) morning in conjunction with the program's annual Media/Fans Photo Day at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs scrimmaged for nearly two hours under sometimes drizzly conditions before a nice crowd of fans and local media in a game-type situation on the stadium's Mondo Ecofill artificial surface. 

While several key players were held out of the scrimmage for various reasons, a number of big plays helped the Bulldogs put points on the scoreboard.  The defense also had opportunities and was able to create turnovers in certain situations as the top units battled each other for parts of the scrimmage.

The scrimmage wrapped up the Bulldogs' preseason camp.   The players will get the weekend off before beginning their normal game week routinue on Monday.

"We're still making progress and have things we need to correct, but I thought today we took a big step forwards in our preparation," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce.  "We've got some young players competing at the skill positions and those guys are maturing and starting to make plays.

"We're excited about coming out of camp and getting ready to play a new opponent," he added.

Ferris' three-week training camp period featured 19 practices and two scrimmages along with meetings, lifting, conditioning, testing and various orientation sessions.

Ferris State will kickoff its 101st season of varsity competition next Saturday, Aug. 29, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 7 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contestat Top Taggart Field. The game will take place during FSU "Welcome Week" activities and be part of a true "Community Football Day" atmosphere as Big Rapids High School will also open its 2009 season versus Holton earlier in the day (2:30 p.m.) in the same facility and a rocket football contest will be part of the FSU halftime events.

Tickets for all home games can be purchased at the game or for more information please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.