BRANCH, N.J.- The offense four
scored touchdowns, all on passing plays, while the defense had a pair of
interceptions and six sacks on the day as Monmouth wrapped up its first
intrasquad scrimmage of the 2011 season.
I thought there was a really good give and take today on both sides of the ball,"
said Head Coach Kevin Callahan, who begins his 19th season at the
helm. "I am happy in where we are at I
think we showed the ability to be explosive on offense with a number of people
contributing, especially at the running back and wide receiver positions. We showed our TE position has some depth to
it, and I thought that Kyle Frazier had a very good day."
Redshirt Junior quarterback Kyle Frazier (Gaithersburg, Md./Damascus) was an impressive 13-of-16 for 209 yards with no
interceptions and three touchdowns, with a 53 yard TD pass to tight end Mike McLafferty (Morgan,
N.J./War Memorial). McLafferty and
junior tight end Tyler George (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Gov. Livingston) had big
days for the Hawks, combing for over 100 yards and a touchdown. George finished with four catches for 67
yards, including a 38 yarder while McLafferty had two grabs for 64 yards
including the long scoring pass.
The wideouts also did not disappoint, with sophomore Thaddeus Richards (Columbus,
N.J./Northern Burlington) catching four passes for 54 yards to lead the
way. Mitchell Pollard (Silver Spring,
Md./Spring Valley) had four catches for 35 yards but had a key block on
McLafferty's TD that allowed the tight end to reach the endzone. Junior Tristan
Roberts (Ansonia, Conn./Ansonia (Lackawanna CC)) finished with four catches for
36 yards and a touchdown, thrown from Greg DePugh (Morris Plains,
N.J./Parsippany Hills). Backup quarterback Craig Peterson (Manalapan,
N.J./Manalapan) was six for 12 for 64 yards with an interception.
All told, six running backs touched the ball with some success but it was Peter
Nagy's (East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park/Montclair State) 39 yard touchdown on a
screen that highlighted the position.
Nagy caught the ball on the near side of the field, waited for his
blockers, made some defenders miss and then cut diagonally across the field to
score on the play. Freshman Julian Hayes
(Middletown, Conn./Xavier/The Hun School) led the ground game with 39 yards on
eight carries for a 4.9 yard average.
Nagy busted a 26 yard run later in the scrimmage on one of his two
attempts. Senior Balial Sloan El (Pennsauken,
N.J./Roman Catholic [Pa.]) had 21 yards on six carries- all early on in the
"On the defensive side, I was happy with the pass rush we
were able to generate, especially with the first group out there," said
Callahan. "We showed we have speed on the edges this year. I liked the fact
that we made some big plays on defense including stops in short yardage
situations. We had the offense in some long yard situations on the day and
forced a couple of turnovers."
The defense had six sacks from six different players with a total of 16
tackles-for-a-loss. Junior Don Brooks
III (Newark, Del./Caraval Academy) scored for the defense after taking a 49
yard interception to the house. Brooks,
who had five tackles in the game, led the MU linebackers in 2010 in picks with
two. Senior middle linebacker Chris
Mastrangelo (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) had five tackles including a sack while
the defensive line had a number of key players step up. Senior Ian Simon (West Windsor, N.J./West
Windsor Plainsboro/Howard) had three tackles but one was a sack and one was a seven
yard loss while Jimmy Lawson (Manchester, N.J./Manchester) had five tackles,
two of which were for losses. Preseason
All-American Jose Gumbs (Queens, N.Y./Hebron) had three stops and a sack in the
game. The other interception came by way
of freshman Pat Gray (Westfield, N.J./Hargrave Military Academy), who had three
tackles and the interception. It took
until the sixth offensive drive of the game for the defense to yield points,
with junior Mike Upham (Clifton, Va./Centreville) blocking a field goal attempt
on the second drive of the afternoon.
Eric Spillane (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) handled the place kick duties, with
made field goals of 37, 32 and 32 yards.
Spillane and freshman Ryan Mohr (West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep)
punted in the 115+ play scrimmage.
"It's the type of thing you want to have in an intrasquad scrimmage, both sides
finding success," explained Callahan. "If
one side completely dominates it is not necessarily a good thing. I am
happy with where we are at, we still have a ways to go but we have one more
week of camp left."
The Hawks will hold one more scrimmage, next Friday at 1 p.m. on Kessler Field.
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