Swogger, Bagley pace Grizzlies' first scrimmage

Updated: March 24, 2006, 9:06 PM ET
Associated Press

MISSOULA -- Quarterback Josh Swogger threw a pair of touchdown passes to Ryan Bagley to pace Montana's first scrimmage of spring drills Friday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Head coach Bobby Hauck put the team through 81 plays.

"We came out of our first eight days of spring practice relatively healthy," said Hauck, who is 29-11 overall at UM with three Big Sky Conference titles in his tenure. "We're not as sharp as we need to be, but I really like our work ethic. I think we are ahead of schedule at this point."

The team will take next week off for spring break and return to full pads and practice April 4.

Swogger, a 6-foot-5, 237-pound transfer from Washington State, was 10-of-23-1 for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He connected with Bagley on scoring throws covering 40 and 8 yards.

Bagley had four catches for 64 yards and two scores. Eric Allen also had four grabs for a scrimmage-high 65 yards.

Craig Chambers, Brett Colyer, Rob Schulte and Mike Higgs had two receptions each. Higgs scored the other touchdown on a 4-yard scoring pass from quarterback Jason Washington.

Signal-caller Cole Bergquist was 6-of-7-0 passing for 45 yards, while Washington was 2-of-4-0 for 10 yards and a TD.

Halfback Andrew Schmidt had scrimmage-highs of 12 carries for 51 yards; his 17-yard rush was the longest of the day. Reggie Bradshaw rushed 11 times for 22 yards, Brady Green had nine totes for 15 yards, and Lex Hilliard picked up 11 yards on five carries. The leading tackler in the scrimmage was Paul LaManta with six stops.

Montana's next scrimmage is April 8 at Legends Stadium in Kalispell.


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