Crimson Drops Gray 14-3 To End Spring Drills
April 17, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Junior receiver Marty Martin hauled in 10 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns as his Crimson squad defeated the Gray 14-3 to end a month of spring drills for Washington State.
'I tip my hat to the Gray team. They played the Crimson team very tough,' Cougar Head Coach Bill Doba said. 'The Crimson team was not intense enough. This just shows that you have to be prepared for every game.'
Martin scored the afternoon's only two touchdowns. The first came at the 7:36 mark of the third quarter as sophomore quarterback Josh Swogger connected with Martin for a four-yard scoring play. The Puyallup, Wash., native added his final touchdown in the fourth quarter, taking an Alex Brink pass and racing 40 yards to the end zone.
If Martin was the offensive star, Jeremy Bohannon claimed the honor defensively. The senior strong safety picked off two passes and tied for the Crimson team lead with three tackles, including a sack.
Brink made a strong statement in the battle for the starting quarterback position. The Eugene, Ore., native connected on 11 of 16 passes for 151 yards and the touchdown to Martin. Brink also flashed his mobility, collecting 18 yards on four carries.
Swogger completed 7 of 14 attempts for 49 yards. The sophomore was credited with an interception that was tipped off the hands of a receiver and into the arms of the Gray squad's Ryan Kensok.
Mike Reilly went the distance for the Gray, completing 9 of 22 passes for 36 yards. Doba declined to make a decision on the starting quarterback at the conclusion of the game.
'Coach (Timm) Rosenbach and I will talk about that and then talk to the kids before any announcement is made,' Doba said. 'Right now I don't think there is a clear-cut number one. It's been a good battle and it may continue in the fall.'
Bruhn, a 6-3, 215-pound senior, racked up 88 yards on nine carries. The Woodland, Calif., native had a pair of 40-yard runs, including one on the first play from scrimmage. Junior Allen Thompson added 35 yards on six carries. Both players suited up for the Crimson team.
The Gray squad did not have as much success running the ball, finishing four yards in the red on 12 carries against WSU's first and second unit defenders. Junior Rafael Bolton led the way with 10 yards on three carries.
Crimson defenders were in the Gray backfield much of the afternoon, tallying four sacks. Defensive end Adam Braidwood, linebacker Will Derting, defensive tackle Aaron Johnson, and Bohannon all brought Reilly down behind the line. Cornerback Wally Dada also recorded a tackle for loss.
Freshman Reyshawn Bobo, who is expected to contribute as a pass rush specialist in 2004, chased down Brink as he attempted to roll out for the Gray's only sack.
Linebacker Chris Baltzer, a high school teammate of Brink's, led the Gray with eight tackles.
Graham Siderius was the only player to record points for both teams, connecting on two point-after attempts for the Crimson and a 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for the Gray.
Despite not being overwhelmed by the performance of his team Saturday, Doba likes WSU's chances next season.
'Determining how good this team will be next fall will depend on how hard these guys work this summer,' Doba said. 'We have a group of young, talented players, but they are going to have to grow up a lot this summer. They have the talent and great work ethic.'
The Cougars open the 2004 campaign Friday, Sept. 3 at New Mexico on ESPN.
Fourth Quarter (3:18)
14-3 Gray Graham Siderius 38-yard field goal
Crimson - Jeremy Bohannon (2). Gray - Ryan Kensok.