Luke Falk had a little more luck with the first-team offense against the second-team defense, which featured a few pass breakups and tackles for short gains. Gerard Wicks broke off a 19-yard gain, but it was called back for holding. Falk was able to hit Dom Williams for a 5-yard score in the back of the end zone on the last play of his first series.
Tyler Hilinski came in with the third-team offense against the third-team defense. James Williams ripped off several runs of 6 or more yards, and had a 2-yard touchdown run. There were several penalties against the offense, including two false starts and some offsetting penalties, right before Williams’ touchdown. The defense also forced its first fumble when Colton Teglovic stripped Nick Begg, allowing Nnamdi Oguayo the chance to recover the ball.
“Practice was good, but there is room to improve,” Williams said. ”I think I did okay, but I’m still getting used to the speed of the game.”
Falk returned to lead the second-team offense against the first-team defense, but a tenacious defense prevented the offense from finding a rhythm. Darryl Paulo had a sack and a tackle for loss. Ivan McLennan was unblocked and easily sacked Falk near the end of the drive. Kache Palacio sacked Falk on the second-to-last play of the series. Hercules Mata’afa caused a bad throw from Falk and on a different play Shalom Luani hit D.J. Thompson so hard you could probably hear it from Beasley Coliseum.
“I had a tough time getting things going during the second series,” Falk said. “I thought I could have played better, but I did all right.”
Bender returned with the first-team offense facing the second-team defense. Gabe Marks had a few nice plays including a 17-yard catch, and Paris Taylor (pictured above with Darius Lemora ) had a nice series with a tackle for loss and a swat on third down to keep the offense from converting.
Hilinski returned against the third-team defense. It was another strong series from the defense as Kingston Fernandez had two sacks and Oguayo also picked up one. Calvin Green and Kameron Powell nearly each had an interception. Hilinski hooked up with Xavius Boone twice for good yardage.
“I thought the running game was a little hit and miss,” Leach said. “We could have played better early, but we did play better late.”
Bender returned with the second-team offense against the first-team defense. On the first play, River Cracraft caught the ball for a short gain, but fumbled it out of bounds. Later, Martin had a nice catch, but appeared to fumble the ball, however the ref said he was down by contact. Peyton Pelluer covered Cracraft on the next play, and Bender recognized the mismatch and hit the inside receiver for an easy 18-yard touchdown. However, after the TD pass, Bender struggled. He missed Kyle Sweet and was sacked two times, by Mata’afa and Paulo.
Falk finished the scrimmage strong, checking into three straight run plays including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow. Marks fumbled, but it went out of bounds, so the offense kept possession.
Lemora had a nice hit on John Thompson, who held on for a short gain. Falk was also able to connect with Marks on fourth-and-goal, who toe-tapped in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown, between several defenders.
“I thought we finished well, a few nice runs here and there,” Falk said. “I was pretty happy with it, but we had a lot more to offer.”
Falk finished 22 of 29 for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Bender finished 18 of 23 for 129 yards and a touchdown. Hilinski went 8 for 13 for 80 yards and no touchdowns. Cracraft led the receivers with 85 yards and a score. Martin finished second with 39 yards and the fumble, and Marks had 32 yards and a score. Dom Williams was the only other receiver to score. Morrow finished with 38 yards and a touchdown. James Williams had 29 yards rushing and his one score.
RUNNING WITH THE 1’S
QB: Luke Falk/Peyton Bender
RB: Gerard Wicks (Jamal Morrow)
LT: Joe Dahl
LG: Gunnar Eklund
C: Riley Sorenson
RG: Eduardo Middleton
RT: Cole Madison
X: Dom Williams (Kyrin Priester)
Y: John Thompson
Z: Gabe Marks
H: Robert Lewis
DE: Darryl Paulo
NT: Robert Barber
DT: Destiny Vaeao
Rush LB –Ivan McLennan/Kache Palacio
WIL LB – Jeremiah Allison
MIKE LB – Peyton Pelluer
NICKEL CB: Isaac Dotson
CB: Darrien Molton
CB: Marcellus Pippins
FS: Taylor Taliulu
SS: Shalom Luani
RUNNING WITH THE 2’S
LT: Andre Dillard
LG: Cody O’Connell
C: Eduardo Middleton/B.J. Salmonson
RG: Salmonson/Jacob Seydel
RT: Seydel (Madison)
Y: River Cracraft
Z: Tavares Martin Jr.
H: Kyle Sweet
DE: Jeremiah Mitchell
NT: Ngalu Tapa
DT: Hercules Mata’afa/Reggie Coates
LB: Chandler Leniu/Nnamdi Ogyuao/Frankie Luvu/Reggie Coates
NICKEL CB: Darrius Lemora
CB: Kirkland Parker
CB: David Bucannon
FS: Willie Roach
SS: Hunter Dale