Coach Paul Mierkiewicz put the Bulldogs through a 45-play scrimmage Friday morning in McPherson Stadium. 
 The 90-minute session provided positives from both sides of the ball, including two offensive touchdowns and as many turnovers forced by the defense and a number of defensive plays that forced their counterparts backward.
 Afterward, Mierkiewicz was pleased with effort and energy from his team in its first full-contact scrimmage of preseason camp.
 "I think there were areas we were really sharp, and I think there were areas that need some work," Mierkiewicz said. "We wanted to try to get as many guys as much work as we possibly can.
"We really got accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished in the first week or so."
The offense hit paydirt on the first drive, as Jake Tiernan connected with Jackson Goodmiller for a 60-yard touchdown pass. On another series, Ed Crouch found Ben Nikkel in the endzone from five yards out. Gabriel Reed concluded a drive with a 30-yard field goal. The Bulldogs also totaled nearly a dozen rushes of seven yards or more. 
Defensively, Kollin Goering and Bryce Snodgrass each picked off a pass. Goering returned his interception 45 yards for a score, while Snodgrass' pick ended the 45-play scrimmage. Goering, Joseph Hunter, Mason Toberny, Johnathan Brown, Connor Wolfe, Oluwaseyi Johnson and Joey Hale each registered a half sack.
The Bulldogs conclude their first full week of preseason practice Saturday with a session on their practice field starting at 5 p.m. CT. McPherson will take Sunday off before returning to McPherson Stadium for two practices Monday, Aug. 20, with the 8 a.m. session coming in full pads and the 4 p.m. period being in helmets and shoulder pads.
The Bulldogs welcome Bethany (Kan.) in their season opener Sept. 1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.