Pitts pleased; Defense rules the day at Lincoln scrimmage

Lincoln football wrapped up spring practice on Saturday. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- By definition, you're guaranteed to win your own scrimmage.

And lose it.

Invariably, one side of the football is pretty good, the other, not so much. On this day, one side of the football was really good, the other, well ... really not.

The defense dominated the day at the Lincoln Blue Tigers annual spring scrimmage, as it manhandled the offense 32-16 using a specialized scoring system Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

The effort left defensive coordinator Phil Pitts all smiles.

"The competitiveness this spring has been awesome, on both sides of the ball," Pitts said. "We won the scrimmage today, but the offense has had days when they've had the better of it.

"I am really happy where this group is --- I'm ecstatic, I'm fired up to take this team into battle. They are light years ahead of where we were a year ago."

Head coach Steve Smith knows as much.

"I saw the defense do some really, really good things today," the second-year coach said. "I thought they were very aggressive, I thought they were physical."

The offense had less than 130 total yards and didn't score until there were four minutes left, when Kimbo Ferguson broke free around right end for a 50-yard touchdown run.

"Our run game showed a little bit, but I want it to be a lot better," Smith said. "I want the whole offense to be more consistent and efficient, that's not what I'm getting right now."

The passing game was basically non-existent, completing just 4-of-14 passes. The only completion on a throw down field came on the last play of the game, as the others were short dump-offs.

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