Weber State football: Second scrimmage shows strides forward

Saturday , April 12, 2014 - 10:23 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

Both sides of the ball showed improvement as the Weber State football team held its second full scrimmage of spring football Saturday morning.

“There was some give and take out there today and both sides showed some good things,” said WSU head coach Jay Hill. “I thought the intensity and excitement at the start of the scrimmage was awesome. Unfortunately the offense didn’t handle it as well at first. We had some penalties and turnovers and got off to a slow start. In the middle of the scrimmage the offense rebounded and executed almost flawlessly and then the defense stepped up at the end and played very well. When we are executing well on offense we can really move the ball down the field we just have to be more disciplined and more focused and have to take care of the ball.”

The rushing game led the Wildcat offense, combining for just over 100 yards rushing. New Wildcat De’Saan Hardwick led the way with 14 carries for 53 yards, including a six-yard touchdown run. Zach Smith rushed for 25 yards and Bo Bolen and Gabe Davis also saw action at running back.

In the passing game, Jadrian Clark finished the day 6-11 passing for 64 yards, with the highlight coming on a 35-yard pass to Antonio Douglas. Austin Chipoletti threw for 25 yards and Jeff Kidd also took reps at quarterback.

Douglas had two catches for 47 yards and Shaydon Kehano also had two receptions. Cody McKague, Jake Kahawaii, Tyler Parson and Karl Finai also caught passes for the Wildcats.

On the defensive side the Wildcats made several big plays and made stops at key times. Dustin Martin recorded a pair of sacks and A.J. Coney, Spencer Unga and Trevon Johnson all had tackles for loss. The defense also forced a pair of fumbles on the day.

“Our defense was really hitting hard and moving around well today,” Martin said. “We are just trying to have fun and do our job out there and everyone is contributing. Our secondary really made some impressive plays today.”

The Wildcats will conclude spring camp with the annual Spring Game next Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. at Stewart Stadium. The 2014 season begins Aug. 28 at Arizona State with the home opener set for Sept. 6 against North Dakota State.

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