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FOOTBALL HOLDS FIRST SCRIMMAGE AND BEE A HORNET

FOOTBALL HOLDS FIRST SCRIMMAGE AND BEE A HORNET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The offense scored six touchdowns and did not commit a turnover and the defense made several stops during the first football scrimmage for Sacramento State on Saturday at Hornet Stadium.

The 13-drive scrimmage placed the offense in several different positions on the field. Beginning the day at its own 3-yard line, sophomore running back Jordan Robinson rushed up the middle for a 31-yard gain on the first official play of the day. Following a pair of stops by the defense, redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Kniffin orchestrated an 80-yard, 11-play drive for the day's first touchdown. Demetrius Warren sparked the drive with a 20-yard rush while true freshman Jaelin Ratliff had two catches, including a 10-yard TD.

Kniffin added his second touchdown pass on the next drive which travelled 40 yards on eight plays. The biggest gain was a 17-yard pass to freshman Isiah Hennie while tight end Stone Sander gathered in a deflection for a 14-yard TD catch.

The defense thwarted the offense on the next two series before the offense had three cracks in the red zone. Senior quarterback Garrett Safron wasted little time, hitting Nnamdi Agude on a 13-yard pass on the third play of the first drive for a touchdown. The defense answered by limiting the offense to a pair of field goals on the next two drives which began at the 20.

The team's next three drives started at the defense's 2-yard line. While the offense was close to the end zone, the defense stole the segment. Junior Garrett Steele scored on third down during the first series. Led by true freshman Joey Banks, the defense moved the offense three yards back during the next three plays to get the stop. After six running plays, Safron connected with Ratliff for a 2-yard TD pass on the first play of the third series from the 2.

The day came to a close with a pair of hurry-up drives. Sophomore quarterback Jihad Vercher guided the offense during the first series but was unable to pick up a first down. Junior Marcus McDade and and JC transfer Gary O'Leary led the offense to a TD on the final drive. The pair combined for three passes for 60 yards, including a 15-yard strike from McDade to O'Leary's back shoulder to conclude the scrimmage.

Following the action, the team hosted its annual Bee a Hornet Day where kids 12 and under were invited onto the field to go through drills with the players and coaches.

Sacramento State opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30, against Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The game will mark the first meeting between the two in school history.

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