LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell football team wrapped up its spring practice schedule with its annual Spring Game on Sunday at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
In front of a large crowd, which included nearly 300 potential recruits and their families visiting campus for Junior Day, the offense rolled to a 63-24 victory over the defense.
Like in 2017, a scoring formula was used with points awarded to the offense and defense for special situations. The defense received points for forcing incomplete passes, interceptions, and three-and-outs. The offense earned points for completions, touchdowns and field goals.
Early in the controlled scrimmage, the defense applied considerable pressure, only ceding three completions, two first downs and a field goal. Clay Myers had 2.5 sacks during that sequence while also batting a pass down on a 2nd-and-goal from the five-yard line.
After Ethan Torres's 22-yard field goal, the offense began to take control. During seven-on-seven red zone action, John Reedy made a diving play to haul in a 10-yard Wilson touchdown pass. Freshnock then added five- and two-yard touchdown rushes, and Wilson connected with John McGuire for a 15-yard score.
Romango's interception came on the second series of the two-minute drill. Before the game, the rising sophomore safety was one of four players announced as spring award winners. Romango was honored as the Most Improved Special Teams Player while rising senior offensive lineman Derek Bastinck was named the Most Improved Offensive Player and rising junior defensive lineman Jimmy Sheehan was selected as the Most Improved Defensive Player.
For the fifth-straight spring, the Strength & Conditioning MVP award was earned by a linebacker. This year, rising sophomore Simeon Page captured it, following in the footsteps of Mark Pyles (2017, 2016 and 2015) and Evan Byers (2014). In 2017, Page became was one of three freshman who made an All-Patriot League Team.
"The spring is critical to the development of our team," head coach Joe Susan said before the Spring Game. "It is an important time for our players to develop fundamentally and compete for positions. The research that our staff completed before the spring has enabled us to work on new things in all three phases of the game. The most rewarding thing about this spring is the energy that is evident every time our team is on the field. This is a special group, and I credit the student-athletes on our team and our coaches for making every minute count."
Nine of Bucknell's 2017 opponents are on its 2018 slate, with Villanova and Penn taking the place of Marist and Cornell. The full schedule release can be viewed here.
In 2017, the Bison went 5-6 (2-4 Patriot League), posting the Patriot League’s best nonconference winning percentage. They graduate 19 seniors, including nine regular starters and six of their eight 2017 all-Patriot League selections.