UNA football white and purple teams face off on Super Saturday April 14

The UNA Lions football team hosted Super Saturday 2012 at Braly Stadium April 14, with the offense in white facing off against the defense in purple.

Fans came out to support as the team ran five series of seven-on-seven plays followed by 11-on-11 scrimmages. The team was unable to play a regular game due to a small offensive line—the team currently has only six offensive linemen.

“I thought I saw some good things, and I was pleased we got through and didn’t get anybody hurt; I thought they competed,” said head UNA football coach Bobby Wallace.

Some notable plays included a touchdown by freshman running back Lamonte Thompson, interceptions by junior strong safety Nick Williams and junior defensive back Caleb Massey and a defensive touchdown by junior defensive back Delvin Ervin. Ervin’s touchdown, however, was called back after an illegal block in the back.

The offense struggled with multiple incomplete passes and interceptions. The team needs to strengthen the offensive line as well as work on holding onto the ball and not throwing interceptions, Wallace said.

“Obviously, I have to look at the film to really evaluate what we’ve got to do as far as technical things,” Wallace said.

Senior wide receiver Daniel Almon said the team did well despite its shortcomings.

“I feel like we had a pretty good day offensively,” Almon said. “We didn’t make as many plays as we probably could have, but, overall, I thought we did a pretty good job.”

Super Saturday ended with punt-kickers Michael Schuster and William Pontius making 60-yard field goals. Wallace said this year’s kicking team is very talented.

“(I’m) thrilled to death at those kickers kicking 60-yard field-goals; that’s just amazing,” Wallace said.

Nick Williams is looking forward to the 2012 season and said UNA fans can expect to see a more excited bunch on the team than in years past.

“You know, coach Wallace (brought) in a great coaching staff; he’s getting rid of the bad and bringing UNA back to tradition and winning the right way,” Williams said. “That’s what he’s about—being a good person and winning the right way.”

Though the team has room for improvement on the field, Wallace said he is proud of the players.

“You see the closeness out here now—we’ve come a long way as a team, and that’s more important than anything on the field,” Wallace said.

The team will resume workouts in the weight room April 16 and will work out throughout the summer before returning to training in the fall, Wallace said.

The 2012 UNA football team will begin its fall training August 8 at the Bill Jones Athletic Complex.