SPRING GAME: A tale of two halves

JAMES RODGERS

IT WAS A TALE OF TWO HALVES in the Beavers' annual spring game Saturday. The defense, keyed by a virtually unstoppable Victor Butler, owned the turf early. But Lyle Moevao, James Rodgers and the White team offense found their rhythm early in the second, besting the men in Black by a 22-3 margin. Justin Kahut showed off a big leg and in the younger players' scrimmage, Justin Engstrom shined bright.

Victor Butler was an unstoppable force in the first half -- when he wasn't racking up sacks he was making tackles in the backfield or disrupting the offense in other ways.

The secondary and linebackers' coverage was tight, and the White team settled for long range field goals in the first stanza. But Justin Kahut was perfect on the day for the White team and from long range. He was 4-for-4 overall, with one made FG coming for the Black team, connecting from 43, 50, 55 and 31 yards on the afternoon.

The offense under Lyle Moevao finally found paydirt on consecutive drives in the second half, the latter an inside screen to James Rodgers who then cut it back to the outside, and proceeded to outrun the defense 70 yards to the house.

Ryan McCants didn't have big numbers and the defense was in his grill often, but he was still steady and productive. A couple of outside runs likely had many Beaver fans licking their chops in anticipation for the fall, as McCants showed considerable speed in getting to the corner. Had he been able to keep his balance tightroping down the sideline, he would have had a long touchdown run. As it was, it was still a nice 8-yard gainer for a first down.

There were two running clock, 40-minute halves on Saturday, with the first-stringers and second-stringers going against one another. That was sandwiched by two 10-minute periods with the Beaver youth getting in their work in the live scrimmage. Justin Engstrom was the standout, leading the Beavs to a pair of TDs in the first period, the highlight a 74-yard catch and run by Damola Adeniji.

SPRING GAME STATS

Rushing (No-Yds-TD)
White: Ryan McCants, 16-57-1; James Rodgers, 3-12-0; Lyle Moevao, 2-(-13). Black: Patrick Fuller, 9-23-0; Jeff Sampson, 4-22-0; Justin Engstrom, 2-(-4); Ryan Katz, 2-(-5); Brennan Sim, 3-(-25).

Passing (Att-Comp-Int-Yds-TD)
White: Lyle Moevao, 30-13-0-226-1. Black: Ryan Katz, 9-2-1-6-0; Brennan Sim, 10-4-0-105-1; Justin Engstrom, 15-10-1-108-0; Zach Anderson, 2-2-0-10-0.

Receiving (No-Yds-TD)
White: James Rodgers, 4-96-1; Sammie Stroughter, 3-58-0; Chris Johnson, 3-32-0; Darrell Catchings, 1-15-0; Shane Morales, 1-12-0; Howard Croom, 1-8-0. Black: Casey Kjos, 4-46-0; John Reese, 4-19-0; Brady Camp, 3-41-0; Sam Oltman 3-39-0; Patrick Fuller, 3-4-0; Damola Adeniji, 1-76-1; Taylor Kavanaugh, 1-10-0.

Tackles (U-A-Tot)
White: Suaesi Tuimaunei, 2-4=6; Lance Mitchell, 3-1=4; Isaiah Cook, 2-2=4; David Pa'aluhi, 0-3=3; James Dockery, 0-3=3. Black: Bryant Cornell, 1-5=6; Al Afalava, 4-1=5; Greg Laybourn, 3-2=5; Victor Butler, 3-1=4; Bryan Payton, 2-2=4; Keaton Kristick, 0-4=4.

Tackles-for-loss (No.-Yds)
White: Brennan Olander, 2.5-15; Kevin Frahm, 2-7; Isaiah Cook, 2-2; Curtis Dodson, 1-10. Black: Victor Butler, 3-15; Bryant Cornell, 1-3.

Sacks (No.-Yds)
White: Brennan Olander, 2.5-15; Kevin Frahm, 1.5-7; Curtis Dodson, 1-10; Isaiah Cook, 1-1. Black: Victor Butler, 1.5-10; Bryant Cornell, .5-3.

Interceptions (No.-Yds)
White: Suaesi Tuimaunei, 1-3, James Dockery, 1-0.
BF.C will be back a little later on with much more.

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