Aug. 16, 2008
With the start of the 2008 football season only two weeks away, the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack offense appears to be hitting its stride. The 'Jacks held their second scrimmage of the preseason Saturday evening at Homer Bryce Stadium which pitted the first-teamers (purple) against the second team (white). The purple got the upperhand outscoring the backups, 49-7.
"I was pleased with the operation in a game-like situation," said head coach J.C. Harper. "I thought we looked good in all three phases of the game."
The victory was due in large part to sophomore quarterback Jeremy Moses who completed 18-of-25 (72 percent) passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns. Moses connected with juniors Aaron Rhea and Duane Brooks, and senior Tyrell Williams for the touchdowns. Williams led all SFA receivers with seven catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Williams' TDs were of the big-play variety going for 23 and 40 yards. Brooks hauled in six passes for 144 yards and two scores.
With all the talent at receiver it is going to be hard for one of the young guys to crack the rotation, but freshman Taylor Lokey is making a bid to do just that. Lokey had an impressive night making four catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns, including one in a planned overtime scrimmage. He also made a highlight when he wasn't scoring touchdowns. His second reception of the night was a diving one-handed grab that gave the white team a first down deep in purple territory.
"We've known that (Lokey) could catch the ball, that's why we recruited him," said Harper. "He has unbelievable hands. Lokey is the kind of kid who just goes out and makes plays."
The Lumberjack defense provided some game-changing performances throughout the night picking off three passes and forcing a fumble. Converted tight end Andy Anderson led the defense with seven tackles, while junior Tim Knicky made four stops, including three sacks.
Sophomore linebacker Jabara Williams had the biggest highlight of the evening picking off a pass and scampering 59 yards for the touchdown. He finished the game with five tackles.
The battle for the backup quarterback spot is beginning to heat up between freshmen Dalton Williams and Neil Warden. Williams completed 25-of-29 (86.2 percent) passes for 255 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Warden was 9-of-12 (75 percent) for 87 yards and one touchdown. Warden was picked off twice in the scrimmage.
The SFA backfield also looked strong carrying the football. The youthful running backs averaged 6.8 yards per carry, and scored one touchdown. Sophomore Vincent Pervis recorded the touchdown from two yards out.
Senior Cory Long was a perfect 7-of-7 on extra points, and also handled the kickoff responsibilities throughout the scrimmage. Livingston freshman Drew Nelson averaged 38 yards per punt on five punts.