OFFENSE MOVES BALL, DEFENSE GETS STOPS IN FIRST SCRIMMAGE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three Sacramento State quarterbacks combined to complete 20-of-22 passes and three running backs rushed for 113 yards but the offense was never able to find the end zone during the first scrimmage of spring ball on Saturday.
The offense moved the ball methodically throughout the 1-hour scrimmage but struggled inside the red zone, committing three turnovers. Senior John Loeliger and freshmen Dominic Carmazzi and Nick Anderson each took snaps. Loeliger led the first team offense for most of the day and finished 12-of-13 for 59 yards but was also intercepted once. Carmazzi finished 5-of-6 for 26 yards while Anderson was 3-of-3 for 12 yards.
On the opening drive of the game, Loeliger completed his first five passes before redshirt Jeff Johnson thwarted the drive with a interception on 3rd-and-4 near the 20-yard line. Loeliger came right back to lead the offense down the field before Chris Diniz was called on to make a 37-yard field goal.
The defense added two more stops late in the scrimmage. On the next to last drive, the offense moved the ball inside the 10-yard line to set up a 1st-and-goal, however a holding call move the ball back 10 yards. On 3rd-and-goal, the ball was snapped off the leg of the man in motion and was recovered by the defense.
The final series also has a similar ending when Avery White jumped on a bobbled handoff between Anderson and Kenslow Smith at the 6-yard line.
Sophomore Jake Croxdale was the leading rusher, picking up 42 yards on 11 attempts. Redshirt freshman Anthony Biasi rushed six times for 40 yards and Smith tallied 31 yards on six carries.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Schablaske led the receiving corps with five grabs for 33 yards. Senior Brian Heath was also utilized as a pass catching tight ends with four receptions for 16 yards and Brett Willis caught four passes for 26 yards. In all, eight receivers caught at least one pass.
The team will return to practice during the week and will host their second scrimmage on Apr. 25 at 10 a.m.