- If you wanted an exciting ending to the Seahawks’ mock game Saturday at Bothell you got one, even if it took a little bit of finagling by coach Pete Carroll to get it done.
In front of a full house at Pop Keeney Stadium in what was their first off-site practice of the Carroll era, the Green team (consisting of the backups) beat the Blue (the starters) 23-20, overcoming a late 20-3 deficit.
But they got some help from Carroll’s decision to award the Green an onside kick following a late touchdown (there actually was no kick) and the Green converted on the final play to get the win on an 11-yard pass from Geno Smith to Jazz Ferguson, an undrafted free agent who began his college career at LSU.
That came after a pass interference penalty on a Hail Mary by Tre Flowers got the ball close two plays before.
Flowers had also been on the bad end of a play on the drive before when he tipped a Smith pass that instead went into the hands of Ferguson who then ran to the end zone for a touchdown that covered 42 yards. It looked as if Flowers could have had a pretty easy interception before the ball went off his hands.
“I think he tried to bat the ball away,” Carroll said of Flowers’ tip.
The Green had also used a pass interference for another TD just a few minutes earlier when Austin Calitro was flagged defending running back Travis Homer in the end zone, setting the ball at the 1-yard-line. Carroll said later that would likely have been a play he would have wanted to have reviewed with the NFL now allowing for reviews of interference (and he indicated the other PI on the Hail Mary he might have wanted to have looked at, as well).
Until then, the Blue team — and to be fair, there was liberal substituting throughout with defensive starters such as Bobby Wagner and Bradley McDougald playing little and Jarran Reed also held out — had rolled, with Russell Wilson leading two touchdown drives and two field goal drives on his six total possessions, completing 11-17 passes for 158 yards, returning to practice after missing Friday’s to attend the funeral for his grandfather, Harrison Wilson, in Norfolk, Va.
The starting offense scored on runs of three yards by Rashaad Penny and 17 by Chris Carson. Lynch and Bo Scarbrough also each scored 1-yard TDs on the same drive (yep, it’s that time of year) when Carroll decided to have the offense run another goalline play.
Jason Myers, kicking for both sides, also converted field goals of 58, 44 and 24.
Lynch was 7-11 for 91 yards and Smith 5-10 for 87 and two touchdowns, both to Ferguson.
Ferguson’s big ending made him the receiving star of the day with four catches for 69 yards. Tight end Jacob Hollister had four for 47. Other receiving standouts were David Moore (2-48), Keenan Reynolds (2-42), Gary Jennings (2-37) and Penny (2-25).
There were no turnovers (an apparent sack by K.J. Wright resulting in a fumble was officially ruled an incomplete pass). And Carroll also said there were no new apparent injuries “which is great. That is as important as anything right now.”
Play of the day
It didn’t count, but a play that may be most remembered by everyone there was turned in by 5-11, 310-pound defensive tackle Poona Ford, who caught a pass thrown by Geno Smith that bounced hard off the cross bar and into Ford’s hands right past the goal line. Passes that hit the cross bar are officially dead. But Ford didn’t care, turning and running through traffic and then down the field 100 yards or so, rumbling into the end zone to the delight of his teammates and the crowd.
“I’m counting on that,” Carroll deadpanned when asked about Ford’s running ability. “He’s going to do that again sometime.” Ford WAS a fullback in high school so you never know. For now the Seahawks need him to be an anchor on the defensive line especially with Jarran Reed suspended the first six games.
While there were no new injuries, there was plenty of injury news afterward.
WR DK Metcalf did not play after suffering what Carroll called “a little oblique strain” on the final play of practice Friday. Metcalf was in attendance and did some pretty hard running during warmups. Carroll said he hoped Metcalf will be back on Monday.
TE Ed Dickson sat out with a sore knee and Carroll said he has had an MRI an the team is reviewing the results to determine the severity.
LB Cody Barton sat out with what Carroll said is a first degree groin strain and he may not be ready for Thursday’s preseason opener against Denver.
RB J.D. McKissic also sat out with a sore foot that Carroll said occurred in practice earlier this week, calling it a mild foot strain.
“I thought it was great. This was cool. We should do this more often, just to get out, change of scenery a little bit, just have all the fans. It feels like it’s a big-time state championship game or something,” Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks are off on Sunday and will return for another open practice on Monday at 11:15 a.m. at the VMAC.