Cats survive windy scrimmage

Gainus Scott had a rushing touchdowns and Michael Jolivette had two interceptions as the Blue team beat the Red team 21-6 in front of over 5,500 fans at the spring game. The blue team had the bulk of the starters and played like a team of more experienced players.

Gusting winds limited the passing game and it was the running game that stood out. Scott and Mike Bell took turns playing for each team. Scott scored from 2 yards out to give the Blue a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. Scott had a 12-yard touchdown called back in the fourth quarter after an illegal procedure call.

"Gainus Scott and Mike Bell showed that they can be real effective not just next years, but in years to come," John Mackovic said.

Scott was a workhorse racking up 71 yards on 21 carries, while Bell had 53 yards on 12 carries.

"This is the most carries I've had in a while," Scott said. "At least since high school."

Despite the blustery conditions quarterback Jason Johnson had a solid outing. The senior to be went 15-of-24 for 162 yards and a touchdown pass. Johnson found Bobby Wade a yard deep into the end zone where the wide receiver kept his feet in bounds for a 21 yard score.

No. 2 quarterback Nic Costa didn't fare quite as well. Costa spent time with both clubs and completed just 7-of-17 passes for 65 yards. More than half his passing yards came on the opening play of the second half. On a play designed by a fan, Costa found Juan Valentine on a quick hitch. Valentine quickly latteralled to Scott who took the play another 17 yards.

Costa showed good arm strength, even into the wind, but a couple of passes got away from him, including one that over shot Valentine and landed into the arms of Jolivette at the 47 yard line. Jolivette broke and arm tackle and followed a caravan into the endzone.

"Michael (Jolivette) had a real good day," Mackovic said. "I think he has had a really good spring. We know he's a good player, and last year he played satisfactorily, but I think he's playing now closer to the level we were counting on last year."

The defense had very good pressure on all the Wildcat quarterbacks. Brad Brittain had two sacks while Isaac Watts had 1.5. John Abramo and Landon Kafentzis were also involved in sacks.

Bobby Gill converted on field goals of 50 and 22 yards for the Red team, while Sean Keel converted on all three of his extra point attempts as a member for the Blue.


Wildcat Authority Top Stories