Heavner leads the Cats to a pair of scores

With weather always tricky, and practices changing at a moments notice, the Wildcat football team decided to hold an impromptu scrimmage Wednesday night at Arizona Stadium. After failing to score a touchdown against the defense on Saturday, the offense got into the endzone twice before lighting ended things prematurely.

The offense got on the board early, scoring on their first possession. Kris Heavner hit Anthony Johnson on a 55-yard pass on the second play of the drive. A well-executed play-action fake fooled the defense and Johnson got behind the defensive backs. Had Heavner's pass been on the mark, Johnson would have scored easily, but the ball was under thrown and safety was able to catch up with a slowing Johnson and pulled him down at the 20. Three plays later Mike Bell capped the drive with an 8-yard run for the score.

A few drives later the Wildcat offense scored their second touchdown. The unit methodically moved down the field with an 11 play drive that saw Gilbert Harris rush eight times for 52 yards, including runs of 12, 8 and 15. Syndric Steptoe had two catches in the drive, including a 16-yarder for a score. Heavner had time in the pocket and found Steptoe crossing over the middle. For the night Heavner was 8-11 for 113 yards and the score.

Harris had 17 carries for 73 yards. Bell rushed just five times for 19 yards.

The defense did not play poorly. Four possessions saw the offense go three and out. They also had three sacks. Freshman B.J. Dennard picked off a Ryan O'Hara pass that was tipped at the line, but the play was whistled dead as the defense was awarded a sack for getting so close to the quarterback.

Copeland Bryan had two of the sacks, John McKinney came off the edge unmolested and would have killed the quarterback had it been a full contact game.

O'Hara was 2-5 for 26 yards. He was sacked all three times. Two of his incompletions were broken up by defenders and the third was deflected at the line.


Lawrence Ball, a DT who originally signed with Washington State, was introduced to the team during the morning practice. He'll provide instant depth for the Wildcats on the defensive line. Per NCAA rules, Ball cannot be in full pads until he participates in four practices.

The morning practice had terrific weather, but a lightning storm ended the scrimmage prematurely. The Wildcats were originally scheduled to practice at Rincon Vista, but opted for the stadium in the middle of the day.

Former coach Larry Smith spoke to the team.

Nick Folk continues to kick well. He made all six of his field goal attempts.


Syndric Steptoe may be the team's most reliable receiver at this time. He's made tough grab after tough grab since camp began. He was Heavner's favorite on Wednesday.

Gilbert Harris looked really good. He runs hard and has a nice burst. He hits the hole hard and can take a hit or two.

Without giving too much away, expect the Cats to use a lot of misdirection on offense.


The Cats practice once on Wednesday and then will go twice on Friday. They hold their annual Fan Appreciation Night and scrimmage on Saturday. Following Saturday's scrimmage, practices will be closed to the public.

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