HANOVER, N.H. — Defensive back Chai Reece stepped in front of a receiver and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the day, tight end Dean Bakes caught six balls for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns and quarterback Alex Park threw for 296 yards as Dartmouth concluded spring drills Saturday with the annual Green-White scrimmage on Memorial Field.
Park completed 24-of-44 throws for 296 yards and two scores with the one interception and several drops in the non-tackling scrimmage. Tight end Justin Foley made four grabs for 69 yards, wideout Ryan McManus had four for 55 yards and tight end Mitch Aprahamian four for 39 yards. Wide receiver Kirby Schoenthaler had just one catch but it went for 22 yards and a touchdown. Bakes' touchdowns covered 15 and 10 yards.
Cole Marcoux, battling for the backup position behind Park, completed 8-of-12 throws for 93 yards and one touchdown while Cam Crage was 5-of-11 for 42 yards.
Dominick Pierre led the ground game with 11 carries for 32 yards while Cody Patch ran five times for 17 yards.
Although there wasn't any tackling, head coach Buddy Teevens felt the team accomplished what he hoped it would in the last of 12 spring practice dates.
"Good tempo, good pace through the course of practice," he said. "We had all the situations that may pop up in a ball game rehearsed. Some good, some bad. We threw the ball probably more, by design. I thought it was productive. "
Added Teevens of the decision not to tackle: "We had far more snaps than we would have had otherwise. "We had people healthy coming off the field. We were really in a tough spot in the running back position (because of injuries) and had we gone live we couldn’t have gone as long. And if somebody got hurt and was nicked we would have shut it down. So we had three full quarters of football. We had a lot more snaps and guys had more opportunities to work together, so it was a plus for us."
With the team gathered at the sidelines during a stop in the action Teevens announced the 2012 captains. Chosen to lead the Big Green next fall were offensive lineman Pat Lahey, strong safety Garrett Waggoner and linebacker Bronson Green. Lahey, who missed last season due to injury, will be a fifth-year senior in the fall. Waggoner will be a senior and Green a junior.
Named as most improved at their positions during the break were linebacker Tyler Stout, defensive back Cole Pembroke, defensive lineman Mick Davis, offensive lineman Rob Bathe, running back Mark Sasso, kicker Riley Lyons, quarterback Alex Park, receiver Charlie Storey and tight end Dean Bakes. Strength awards were given in three categories with defensive back Andrew Donahue winning in the "skill" category, running back Cody Patch in the "combo" category and Sean Ronan for the line.
Dartmouth finished tied for second in the Ivy League with a 4-3 conference record last fall (5-5 overall) and opens the 2012 campaign Sept. 15 against Butler on Memorial Field.
— Report provided by Bruce Wood