April 8, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The number one units on both sides of the ball received most of the work during the two-hour scrimmage Saturday afternoon after hosting a high school coaches clinic in the morning.
"There wasn't anything specific that we wanted to get accomplished," said Cougar head coach Mike Price. "I thought we did a good job. I thought the spirit was good. These guys put in hard back-to-back work days."
Quarterback Jason Gesser did a good job guiding the No. 1 offense, leading the "O" to three scoring drives. Gesser completed 18 of 31 pass attempts for 211 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.
"Jason Gesser played real well today," Price said. "He was much more in demand of the offense. He was calling audibles and getting them in and out of the huddle."
Collin Henderson was Gesser's favorite target on the day, as the sophomore receiver caught seven passes for 77 yards. Milton Wynn and Marcus Williams caught the two Gesser touchdown passes on distances of 41 and 20 yards respectively.
Burnett had the other touchdown for the No. 1 offense on a 1-yard burst. Burnett had 48 yards on 12 carries. Overall the first unit gained 242 yards on 10 possessions. In its three possessions against the first-string defense, the first team offense gained 38 yards and failed to score.
On the defensive side of the ball, the No.1 defense was explosive, collecting five quarterback sacks and one interception. In the 10 drives against the first teamers, only one ended with a touchdown as they yielded only 93 yards.
Defensive tackle Tomasi Kongaika and linebacker James Price led the sack parade with two each and defensive end Austin Matson recorded the other sack. Chris Martin had the lone interception for the No. 1 team.
Linebacker Mike Isaacson had two sacks for the No. 2 defense and Trent Hollimon intercepted a Gesser pass. Other reserve players to play well are wide receiver Anthony Ramos, defensive lineman D.D. Acholonu and quaterback Billy Graffis. Ramos had four catches for 26 yards and one touchdown to go with a punt return of nearly 30 yards. Acholonu recorded another sack, giving him four in three scrimmages. Graffis went 5 for 8 for 37 yards and one touchdown and also had a 16-yard run on third down.
Coach Price said he was pleased with the play of seven freshmen on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive backs Ira Davis, Cole Sheridan, who moved to cornerback on Tuesday, and Hollimon and defensive lineman Tai Tupai, Jeremey Williams, D.D. Acholonu and Isaac Brown.
"Hollimon and Davis are playing better," Price said. "We need them to play better."
The annual Crimson and Gray game will be held next Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. in Martin Stadium.
INJURY REPORT: Paul Mencke, Lamont Thompson, Virgil Williams, Adam Davis, Derrick Dillon, Reed Raymond and Fred Shavies were all held out of the scrimmage with injuries. Anthony Adedipe (left shoulder sprain), Dante Minners (neck sprain) and Russell Mizin (right leg/low quad bruise) were injured during the scrimmage and did not return.
Scoring summary - Wynn 41 pass from Gesser, M. Williams 20 pass from Gesser, Philley 7 pass from Kegel, Burnett 1 run, Ramos 5 pass from Graffis.
Rushing - Burnett 12/48, Philley 6/17, Graffis 1/16, Hawkins 1/6, Thielbahr 3/6, Gesser 6/5, J. Williams 2/0, Gould 1/(-1), Nesen 2/(-6), Kegel 6/(-19).
Passing (Att/Comp/Int/Yds/TD/Long) - Gesser 31/18/1/211/2/41, Kegel 10/4/0/35/1/11, Nesen 7/2/1/13/0/9, Graffis 8/5/0/37/1/11.
Receiving - C. Henderson 7/77, Wynn 3/59, M. Williams 3/37, Ramos 4/26, Zubedi 2/24, Mizin 2/14, Philley 2/11, J. White 1/11, Lunde 1/11, Douglas 1/9, Nettles 2/8.
Sacks - Kongaika 2, Price 2, Isaacson 2, Matson, Acholonu.