SACRAMENTO, Calif. ---- Led by the play of sophomore quarterback Ryan Leadingham and a seemingly much-improved defense, the Sacramento State football team enjoyed a successful Green & Gold Game Friday night at Hornet Stadium.
Wide receiver Fred Amey caught a pair of touchdowns on Friday.
The scrimmage, which was attended by over 300 fans, saw the offense outscore the defense, 20-6.
The defense actually scored the game''s first points when Brandon Lofton intercepted a Ryan Maine pass and returned it 40 yards for a score with 2:18 left in the first quarter.
The offense bounced back in the second quarter when Leadingham and fellow sophomore Fred Amey hooked up for a pair of touchdowns. The first came after Leadingham avoided a sack and found Amey in the left-hand corner of the end zone for a 48-yard strike. The second TD came on a fade route to the right side as the quarter expired. Junior walk-on Mark Waterman made both extra points to give the offense a 14-6 lead after two quarters.
Neither team scored in the third quarter and junior Brett Collins concluded the game''s scoring with a 1-yard dive at the end of the fourth quarter.
Leadingham ended the night 11-for-24 for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Maine was 6-for-13 for 46 yards.
Both quarterbacks were under continuous pressure from the defense all night. The unit combined for nine sacks including three from Matt Franz. Junior Ryan Kroeker and sophomore Reza Williams led the team with seven tackles apiece.
In the backfield, junior Andrew Bonner tallied a team-high 68 yards on 11 carries. Collins had 16 attempts for 66 yards while Derard Barton managed 19 yards on six carries.
Kenan Smith led all receivers with 86 yards on four catches. Freshman Jeremy Siemiller grabbed a team-high five passes for 41 yards. Amey, an all-conference receiver as a freshman last season, ended the night with three catches for 68 yards.
The team will have two more practices next week (Monday and Wednesday) before holding its final spring scrimmage on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m.