HANOVER, N.H. — Big plays on defense were the theme in Saturday’s Green-White scrimmage.
Fifth-year senior Jeremiah Douchee picked up where he left off a year ago and blocked two field goal attempts while Jake Moen, Jarius Brown, Colin Boit and Ryan Roegge recorded interceptions in the non-tackling intrasquad scrimmage on Memorial Field. No score was kept.
Jack Heneghan completed 10-of-18 passes for 125 yards but saw Moen pick off an intended screen pass at the line and Brown rip what looked like a completion in the red zone away from a receiver for another interception. Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens chose to have his starting offense go up against his starting defense and particularly liked what he saw of his defensive unit.
“I thought there was great energy,” he said. “We have a bunch of guys we think can run and play and they were flying around. The secondary looked good. Guys up front were pressuring the passer and had their hands in the air.
“Guys were physical. They were ‘thudding up’ and were getting where they needed to get. I didn’t see a whole lot of missed assignments defensively.”
On a day when top receiver Hunter Hagdorn sat out no fewer than 12 receivers caught passes and 14 players ran with the ball.
Dartmouth has its first day without practice Sunday, returns to work Monday and will host Harvard Thursday in the annual scrimmage with the Crimson. The Big Green will kick off the season Sept. 16 at Stetson.