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KENNESAW -- Kennesaw State's offense looked like it was going to score early and often during the team's first scrimmage of spring practice Friday.

After the first two drives ended in touchdowns, the defense allowed only two scoring drives over the final 16.

"The first two drives, it looked like the defense wasn't out there," Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon said, "but then they bowed up a little bit."

That was in addition to the offense not blocking well and missing assignments.

"We aren't doing the little things," Bohannon said. "We're not blocking anybody, and when you get tired, the fundamentals go out the door. When that happens, you get exposed, and that's a little bit of what happened (Friday). 

"We have a lot of work to do."

New starting quarterback Daniel David looked comfortable under center, with his 40-yard run on the opening drive setting up Isaac Foster's 15-yard touchdown run.

On the next drive, backup quarterback Tommy Bryant led the second-team offense down the field.

The drive was highlighted by former Etowah High School standout Bronson Rechsteiner's 30-yard run up the middle, in which he broke three tackles and ran over a safety. T.J. Reed's 10-yard touchdown run capped the drive and, for the most part, that was the last time Kennesaw State's offense was heard from.

The next seven drives all ended in punts. During that time, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Darion Williams made his presence known with a two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. Defensive lineman Peyton Moore had a sack, former Cherokee High School standout Bryson Perry continued his strong spring with a pair of tackles for loss and Travis Bell forced and recovered a fumble on fourth down to end a drive.

Toward the end of the scrimmage, freshman defensive back Quae Drake made the defensive play of the day when he stepped in front of a pass and returned the interception 15 yards for a touchdown. He then added a tackle for loss on the final drive of the game.

"There's going to be some positives," Bohannon said. "There were a lot of young guys flying around and making plays." 

The only offensive points after the first two drives was a 42-yard field goal by Nathan Robertson and a 60-yard touchdown pass from transfer quarterback Jonathan Murphy to freshman receiver Chavis Marshall.

"(Murphy) made a couple of plays," Bohannon said. "He had to. He was surrounded by black jerseys."

With Friday's scrimmage, the Owls have completed nine of their 15 spring practices. They will practice Monday and Wednesday next week, with another scrimmage scheduled for Friday.

They will follow a similar schedule the following week before wrapping up with the annual spring game March 22 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

This article originally ran on mdjonline.com.

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