Productive First Football Scrimmage for Mocs

Young Players Make an Impact

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

It was the first of two scrimmages for the 2014 UTC Mocs football team Saturday afternoon at Finley Stadium and the veteran UTC defense had three quarterback sacks and 11 tackles for loss, there was a field goal good from 54 yards out, true freshmen stepped up and the first offensive unit moved the ball well.

“We got a lot done today and walking off the field I feel good about how we played in our first scrimmage,” said UTC head coach Russ Huesman whose team will also scrimmage next Friday at 3 p.

m. also at Finley Stadium (prior to the first quarter of the Prep Football Jamboree).

Offense: QB Jacob Huesman led the first unit on a 60-yard scoring drive to open the scrimmage, capped by a 31-yard post pattern scoring strike to Xavier Borishade (So.) who led all receivers with five catches for 95 yards and the one score.


Passing: Huesman led with 9 of 16 for 105 yards with one TD toss and an interception … Alejandro Bennifield was 6 of 14 for 92 yards … Receiving: Xavier Borishade (5-95 and 1 TD), Alphonso Stewart (3-65), C.J. Board (2-17) … Rushing: Huesman (8-39), Derrick Craine (7-30, 1 TD), Richardre Bagley (9-17)

Field Goals: Henrique Ribeiro (54 yards) … Nick Pollard (38 yards)

All Baylor Grads: on Ribeiro’s long field goal, true freshman Emory Norred was the long snapper, Jacob Huesman was the holder and Ribeiro the kicker.

“I knew I needed to come out here and make plays and I am pleased with how I did,” said Borishade who had nine catches for 153 yards and two scores a year ago.

The sophomore from North Cobb High School (Ga.) is in a battle for one of the two wide receiver spots.

“Xavier showed up today,” said offensive coordinator Jeff Durden.

Coach Durden was pleased with the overall offensive effort.

“Execution was okay, tempo was good, we blocked well on the line, but need to improve on our perimeter blocking. We had too many penalties, but were able to overcome those mistakes and still move the ball.

“Our goal of course was no turnovers and we had two and we need to throw and catch better.

“Next week we will focus on our perimeter blocking.”

Defense: The down linemen and linebackers combined for 14 tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks.

“Our goal coming in was no leaks in the front line and we accomplished our goal as the offense had no long runs,” said defensive line coach Marcus West.


* Tackles For Loss: Keionta Davis (3.5), Ryan Bossung, Toyvian Brand, Austin Hall, Nakevion Leslie (1.5), Isaiah Mack, Daniel Ring, Tim Whatley …

Davis went to Red Bank, Hall is from Boyd Buchanan, Mack  is from Northwest Whitfield … Mack and Whatley are true freshmen.

* Interceptions: Austin Hall, Tae Davis … Davis (true freshman) had a pick in the end zone off Huesman

* Pass Break Ups: Jeremiah Hay, Derrick Lott, Taylor Reynolds, Jerkerious Scott
* Quarterback Hits: Keionta Davis

Coach Huesman on the Cornerbacks: “I thought Jerkerious Scott (Redshirt Fr.) and Jeremiah Hay (J.C. transfer) did well today … We have Dee Virgin (returning starter), but we need others at the corner spot to step up and make plays.”

Today’s scrimmage was a good start as the season opener is 19 days away at Central Michigan.

Some young players stepped up and separated themselves in the pecking order at a few positions and have earned more reps in practice.

Next Friday’s scrimmage should give us a clearer picture of the two deep at each position.

Upcoming Schedule

Sunday Off: the team will attend the 11 a.m. service at Christ United Methodist in East Brainerd

Two-a-Days: Monday and Wednesday … single workouts – Tues.-Thurs.-Sat.

Scrimmage No.2 – Friday Aug. 15 … 3 p.m. Finley Stadium

Jacob Huesman – 9/16, 105 yards, TD, INT
Alejandro Bennifield – 6/14, 92 yards
Tyler Roberson – 3/6, 40 yards
Xavier Johnson – 0-2, INT

Jacob Huesman – 8-39
Derrick Craine – 7-30, TD
Richardre Bagley – 9-17
Marquis Green – 1-14
Keon Williams – 3-12
Xavier Johnson – 4-11
Eduardo Trevino – 3-7
Alejandro Bennifield  - 4-5
Tyler Roberson – 5-(-16)

Xavier Borishade – 5-95
Alphonso Stewart – 3-65
Malcolm Colvin – 1-19
C.J. Board – 2-17
Faysal Shafaat – 1-12
Tommy Hudson – 1-10
Marquis Green – 1-8
Troy Dye – 1-6
Derrick Craine – 1-3
Richardre Bagley – 2-2

INT – Austin Hall, Tae Davis
PBU – Jeremiah Hay, Derrick Lott, Taylor Reynolds, Jerkerious Scott
TFL – Keionta Davis (3.5), Ryan Bossung, Toyvian Brand, Austin Hall, Nakevion Leslie (1.5), Isaiah Mack, Daniel Ring, Tim Whatley
QBH – Keionta Davis
Sack – Daniel Ring, Taylor Reynolds, D.J. Prather

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