Looking goodThere was something to savor for everyone in...


June 19, 1994|By Ken Murray

Looking good

There was something to savor for everyone in the CFL Colts' scripted intrasquad scrimmage at York, Pa. yesterday:

* Running back Mike Pringle ran for two touchdowns in the no-tackle workout, one for 60 yards. Quarterbacks Tracy Ham (13-for-20) and John Congemi ( 17-for-33, 2 interceptions) had their moments in the passing game, too.

* The defense picked off three more passes, including one that veteran cornerback Karl Anthony returned for a touchdown four plays into the mock game. Halfback Charles Anthony and safety Lester Smith had the others.

* Donald Igwebuike drilled two field goals from distances of 35 and 37 yards, then was directed to kick short on a 53-yarder to set up a kick return. In another phase of special teams, Ken Benson blocked a punt.

* Nose tackle Jearld Baylis, last year's outstanding defensive player in the CFL, smothered ball carriers and swarmed around the quarterbacks. "I tried to trap him and I tried to play-action him," Ham said, "and I'm just glad he's on our team."

Appropriately, the scrimmage ended in a 12-12 tie between the hand-picked blue and white teams, and without any significant injuries after more than two hours in 94-degree heat. A crowd of

275 watched.

The down side

The heat and pace of the game took its toll on offensive teams directed by Ham and Congemi. Play became more ragged the longer the workout lasted.

"As we got tired, we lost our concentration a little," said coach Don Matthews. "That's what we've got to fight against. We had too many penalties. But it was a good learning device."

The highlight reel

Rookie receiver Shannon "Skinny" Culver is quickly becoming the Colts' deep threat. He caught five balls, including two long passes. Against near-perfect coverage from Irvin Smith, he made a leaping catch at the 3 on one play.

Joe Washington and Joe Howard-Johnson had five catches each. And two newcomers made their mark. Chris Armstrong turned a streak pattern into a big-gainer on a pass from Congemi. Walter Wilson went to the ground to make a nifty catch on a throw from Ham.

Shawn Beals rated one of the day's best catches when he went airborne in traffic to snag a Ham pass.

He knows the way

Anthony, a free agent from Calgary, has had an amazing camp. His interception was his seventh in 12-on-12 drills since arriving a week ago. He's not unfamiliar with the end zone, either. Two years ago he returned an interception 115 yards for a TD that beat Matthews' Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Final word

Said Ham: "I want to play somebody." That somebody is the Shreveport Pirates on Friday night in Louisiana.

Just in time.


Shawn Jones

Pos: QB

Ht: 6-1

Wt: 200

College: Georgia Tech

Year: Rookie

Outlook: A free safety with the Vikings last year, he came to the CFL to play quarterback. Was hampered early by an injury, but has thrown impressively since.

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