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Versatile junior Ben Noury scores twice for the Eagles, drawing praise from his coach.
By CHRIS WAGENHEIM
Published May 26, 2007
Springstead easily dispatched Osceola in their spring scrimmage 34-6. Although the Eagles made a mistake early Friday, they overcame it with big plays from explosive players.
"I really thought the kids played hard and that they did a good job of bouncing back from bad plays, " Springstead coach Bill Bonada said. "I thought we displayed a little bit of depth in some areas, different guys able to help us out offensively."
The Warriors struck first, capitalizing on a fumble in the first quarter. A bad pitch wound up in the hands of an Osceola player, who took it 23 yards for a score.
Springstead recovered after a long drive in the first quarter, scoring on a short pass. The successful extra point put them up 7-6, and the Eagles never looked back.
And even though it was the defense that scored next, off a 50-yard fumble return, it was kick returner and backup quarterback Ben Noury who stole the show.
"He started two years ago as a freshman, basically as a blocking receiver, but he picked it up last year and we think that this is going to be a real special year for him, " Bonada said.
He certainly had a special spring.
Noury fielded a kick on the 7-yard line, found open space on the outside and was off to the races. The junior left a trail of defenders in his wake on the way to the end zone.
Bonada had enough of a look at Noury on special teams, so he put him under center a few series later. Bonada didn't get a long look, however; Noury ran an option on his first snap that he took 77 yards to the end zone.
"I would have liked to get a longer look at him, but when he scores on the first play we run the option with him, I wasn't going to put him back in, " Bonada said.
The Eagles did not throw the ball often, mainly because Bonada wanted to look at three of his backs, but Noury may take some snaps under center in the fall. Noury said he is comfortable in any position on either side of the ball.