CLEVELAND—In the end quarterback Jake Delhomme’s five-yard pass to Ben Watson proved to be the difference as the Brown Team held on for a 14-6 win over the White Team in the annual scrimmage in front of 22,311 fans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Family Day. It was the only offensive touchdown of the scrimmage. Delhomme, unofficially was 10-of-13 for 74 yards and a score. Watson had three receptions for 19 yards, including the touchdown.
"This was new to me," Delhomme said. "I've done different types of scrimmages, but this was truly a game type setting. You've got to be realistic about what happened out there. The QBs are not live. There is not live tackling. I'm sure we still have a lot to work on."
The first half of the scrimmage provided very little offense, but was highlighted by Brandon McDonald’s interception return for a touchdown after he stepped in front of Syndric Steptoe on a pass by rookie Colt McCoy with 1:27 to play in the first half to give the Brown Team a 7-3 lead.
We were in cover two and I used my technique to split the zone," McDonald said. "I was in the right place to make the play. I took the coaching we get in the locker room from the meetings onto the field."
The White Team had taken a 3-0 lead on a 48-yard field goal by Phil Dawson in the first quarter.
The Brown Team had the ball first. Jerome Harrison took the first carry for one yard and then Delhomme threw to Mohamed Massaquoi for five yards. Delhomme then threw to Massaquoi to the 41 for 15 yards and a first down. After a dropped pass by Harrison, Delhomme hit Robiskie on third down for four yards. Delhomme was 3-of-4 for 25 yards and one drop in the first possession.
The White scored first as Phil Dawson hit a 48-yard field goal with 1:58 to play in the first quarter. After starting at theirown 21, the White team moved to the Brown Team 31 before stalling. On the first play from scrimmage, Josh Cribbs took the first snap and looked as though he was going to pass, but ended up tucking the ball and scrambling for 14 yards.
Seneca Wallace threw to Bobby Engram for six yards on his first pass, but since they weren’t tackling, Wallace might’ve been sacked by Nick Sorenson as he touched Wallace. Wallace hit Engram for four yards for a first down and then he threw short to Chris Jennings to the 49.
Rookie Clifton Geathers was flagged for a late hit which moved the ball to the Brown Team 36. A pass to Evan Moore moved the ball to the 29. On third-and- 3, Jennings lost two yards as Ray Ventrone made the stop. Dawson then hit the field goal. Wallace was 4-of-5 for 20 yards.
After the score, the Brown Team started at their own 24 after a return by Joe Haden. Delhomme threw to Chansi Stuckey for 17 yards to the 43 and then a four yard pass to Harrison to the 47 to end the first quarter. Delhomme was 5-of-6 for 46 yards in the first half.
Brett Ratliff started the second quarter in relief of Delhomme for the Brown Team and hit for Harrison for 10 yards. On his second pass attempt, linebacker Blake Constanzo intercepted the pass at the 32.
On his next possession, Ratliff and the Brown Team were three-and-out with a seven yard completion to Stuckey.
McCoy’s first pass in relief of Wallace for the White Team was incomplete to Jennings. He was sacked on second down to the 26. On third-and-16, he had a short completion to Jennings.
On the White Team’s second possession starting at the 23, Cribbs took direct snap for one. McCoy threw to Steptoe for eight yards to the 32. McCoy threw to Moore down field , but McCoy was ruled sacked back at the 25 by Eric Barton.
McCoy was intercepted on the next possession by McDonald, who stepped in front of Steptoe and returned it close to 35 yards for the touchdown with 1:27 to play to make it 7-3 for the Brown Team.
On the Brown Team’s next possession, they started at their 34 with James Davis taking the direct snap and running 66 yards for the touchdown, but Watson was called for holding to negate the run and move back to the 24. After a short completion and an incompletion, Ratliff was sacked. He was 3-of-7 for 19 yards, including an interception.
The Brown Team took over with 2:12 to play at their 20, after a short pass y McCoy to Jennings for two yards, Barton was called for a face mask to the 27.
Trying to move in the final 1:20 after the interception, McCoy hit Engram for nine yards to the 40. The next pass was batted down by Titus Adams.
On third-and- 7, McCoy threw to Cribbs for eight yards and a first down to the 47 with 12 seconds left. On the final play of the half, McCoy threw to the end zone and was intercepted by DeAngelo Smith. Unofficially, McCoy was 7-of-12 for 31 yards and two interceptions.
In the fourth quarter, the Brown team took a 14-3 lead with 8:10 to play as Delhomme found Watson in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
"I felt it's been a very productive first week of camp," Delhomme said. "We put a great deal of things in. Now we can start focusing more and start preparing things to get ready for that first preseason game."
Ratliff took over for Delhomme in the third quarter after the first series and directed the Brown Team to a big play was some razzle-dazzle as Davis took the pitch left and handed it to Stuckey, who threw back right to Ratliff for 11 yards to the 16. On fourth-and-one, Davis ran over the right side for the first down to the 14 to end the third quarter.
Delhomme re-entered to start the first quarter and hit Davis on first down to the nine on a screen. A seven-yard pass to Brian Robiskie moved the ball to the two.
However, Floyd Womack was holding on first down to move the ball back to the 12. After an incompletion, Delhomme hit Davis for seven yards and then on third down and goal found Watson in the back of the end zone to make it 14-3.
White Team Coach Carl Smith challenged the call, but it stood. Delhomme was 4-of-5 for 24 yards on the drive with a touchdown. Ratliff was 2-of-3 for 20 yards and he also caught an 11-yard pass from Stuckey. The Brown Team went 55 yards in 12 plays for the score.
Dawson kicked his second field goal for the White Team from 35 yards out with 1:00 to play to make it 14-6. Rather than lining up for an onside kick, the officials conducted a coin toss with most of the team crowded around the officials. The White Team won the toss and were awarded the ball at the 40.
Wallace was sacked on first down by Jason Trusnik and then after an incomplete pass, he threw an eight-yard pass to Eric Wright to the 41. With eight seconds to play, Wallace threw a short pass to Steptoe and then he tried to pitch it back and Wallace ended up with the ball and tossed it out of bounds trying to get it to Cribbs to end the game.
"I looked at this as another practice," McDonald said. "We wanted to get the young guys to see what the game atmosphere would be like during the day. This is my fourth year so I'm used to this. I looked at this as another day of practice with just a lot of fans watching."
QB Day: QB Seneca Wallace started with just one series in the first half and was unofficially 4-of-5 for 20 yards. However, he played most of the second half and was 12-of-19 for 123 yards, unofficially. He finished 16-of-23 for 143 yards and was sacked three times. QB Jake Delhomme was 5-of-6 for 42 yards in the first half and 5-of-7 for 28 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Overall, he was unofficially, 10-of-13 for 74 yards and a touchdown.
QB Colt McCoy only played one play in the second half and handed it off. He finished 7–of-12 for 31 yards and two interceptions. Meanwhile, QB Brett Ratliff was 2-of-3 for 20 yards in the second half and e also had a reception from WR Chansi Stuckey for 11 yards. Overall, Ratliff was 5-of-10 for 39 yards with an interception.
Sack Attack: Unoffically, the Brown Team had seven sacks, including two by LB Jason Trusnik. The White Team had one.
Big Mac: DB Brandon McDonald was replaced by DB Sheldon Brown and DB Joe Haden in the rotation but he made his presence felt with an interception and a batted down pass in the first half.
Big Ben: TE Ben Watson caught three passes for 19 yards, including the Brown Team’s only offensive touchdown .
King James: RB James Davis had some impressive catches and runs and did have a 66-yard run called back on a holding penalty.
Barton Barking: LB Eric Barton had a sack and was also called for a face mask penalty in his first action since suffering a season-ending neck injury last season.
Haden Returning: No. 1 pick Joe Haden was the kickoff return man for the Brown and returned one to the 24.
The Coaches: The White Team as coached by quarterback coach Carl Smith, while the Brown Team was coached by special team coordinator Brad Seely
Hardesty Sighting: Rookie RB Montario Hardesty was on the white sidelines with a wrap on his right knee. Other players not playing for the White team were DL Shaun Rogers (ankle) and RB Peyton Hillis (leg) . On the Brown sidelines inactive were LB David Bowens (leg), OL Joel Reinders (right foot), C.J. Mosley, LB Titus Brown and DL Brian Schaefering. P Dave Zastudil was not seen.
Roster Move: DB John Bowie was signed to take the place of DB Chris Roberson was placed on injured reserve. Bowie was with the Browns in the off-season, but released before training camp. Bowie was with the Raiders the previous three seasons. He wears No. 36.
See Ya Later: LB Marcus Benard and OL Scott Kooistra got into a shoving match with about three minutes to play. Referee Mike Carey summed it up 58 and 74 both will watch the rest of the scrimmage from the bench.
Father and Son: Dana McKenzie, son of Browns official supervisor Dick McKenzie, is a head linesman on Mike Carey’s officiating crew that did the scrimmage.