FOOTBALL SHOWCASES PASSING ATTACK IN SPRING GAME
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team closed its spring practice season with the annual Green & Gold Game on Saturday at a rainy Hornet Stadium. Unlike past seasons, the game was not scored but the offense was able to score three touchdowns in the controlled scrimmage.
The Hornet offense did most of its damage through the air as the tandem of John Loeliger and Jason Smith combined to go 16-of-22 for 255 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Ronald Richardson caught seven passes for 110 yards and a score while Chase Deadder also had seven catches for 100 yards and also found the end zone.
Loeliger started under center and led the team during the first seven drives before giving way to Smith. After stalling on a three-and-out on the first drive, Loeliger led the team on a 70-yard scoring drive which was capped by a 30-yard pass to Richardson in the left corner of the end zone. The drive also featured a 24-yard rush from Jake Croxdale.
Despite not scoring again, Loeliger also made some big plays of his own. The senior picked up 33 yards on an option carry and also hit tight end Brian Heath for a 40-yard pick up on 2nd-and-11 from the team's 1-yard line.
Smith saw his first scrimmage action of the spring and responded by going 7-of-8 for 131 yards. After missing his first pass attempt, Smith took advantage of 15-yard defensive penalty and two rushes from Anthony Biasi to set up a 7-yard score from Croxdale.
The next offensive play saw Smith go deep to Deadder for a 65-yard touchdown. On the play, Deadder beat his man up the middle of the field and Smith was able to find him just outside the 10-yard line. The sophomore was able to break free for the final score.
On the ground, Croxdale led the team with 50 yards on 11 carries. Loeliger gathered 37 yards on seven attempts, Biasi had two rushes for 18 yards and Kenslow Smith rushed for nine yards on four carries.
Defensively, redshirt freshman Brian McKeon forced a pair of fumbles — one of which was recovered by Marque Willis. The defense also had a sack by Bill Sherman.
Passing: J. Smith 7-8-131-0-1; Loeliger 9-14-124-0-1.
Rushing: Croxdale 11-50, TD; Loeliger 7-37; Biasi 2-18; K. Smith 4-9
Receiving: Richardson 7-110, TD; Deadder 7-100; Heath 1-40; Croxdale 1-5