Courtesy of Stephen F. Austin Athletics
NACOGDOCHES, Texas â€“ The purple squad recorded a 42-0 shutout over the white team Saturday night at Homer Bryce Stadium in the annual spring scrimmage. The purple team, comprised of primarily first teamers recorded six touchdowns (four passing/two rushing). The purple defense was just as tough surrendering only five first downs in the three quarters of action.
â€œWe just wanted to come out here and focus on getting better,â€ said head coach J.C. Harper. â€œThe spring game is the reward for all the hard work that these guys have been putting in for the past few weeks. The guys came out and executed, and had a fun time.â€
Senior quarterback, and reigning conference player of the year, Jeremy Moses completed 10-of-15 passes for 95 yards and one touchdown. He also had one interception. Although Moses enters his senior season as the schoolâ€™s all-time leading passer, junior Dalton Williams recorded the best numbers for SFA. He finished the night completing 14-of-15 passes for 207 yards and three scores. Transfer Garrett Riley was 7-of-12 for 29 yards and an interception, while redshirt freshman Brady Attaway completed 5-of-8 passes for 29 yards.
Sophomore Anthony Foster led all receivers with six catches for 71 yards. Classmate Cordell Roberson added five catches for 73 yards and a score, while Gralyn Crawford hauled in three passes for 34 yards and a score. The other two touchdown receptions were hauled in by sophomore Ryan Gambel (16 yards) and freshman Lance Dozier (21 yards).
â€œWe lost a lot of guys at receiver, and we have to replace our two starting defensive ends from last year, but Iâ€™m excited about the talent we have at those positions,â€ said Harper. â€œWe have some exciting players to watch.
The first-team defense seemed to pick up where it left off last season. It surrendered only five first downs on the night, and two of those came by way of pass interference calls. The second-team offense didnâ€™t record it opening first down until 2:04 remaining in the opening half.
â€œI think our defensive ends are going to be strong as well. We didnâ€™t get to see (Jacob) Fincher tonight, but put number 51 on his chest and most folks wouldnâ€™t know it isnâ€™t Tim Knicky. We moved Kenneth Charles to end and he has had a great spring, and I really think Rainey Sternes is going to be dominant on the outside as well. We have a great group of guys to work with,â€ added Harper.
Senior Sean Warren led the defense with five tackles, and two sacks. Freshmen Ryan Hamlett and Jacob Rogers each added four stops. Rogers also recorded one of two interceptions on the night.