FOOTBALL WRAPS FIRST SCRIMMAGE


WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – Monmouth University's football team wrapped up its first intersquad scrimmage of training camp, going 80 plays in front of fans on Saturday. "You certainly want your guys having enough playing time on the field in game type conditions so the first and second units got the bulk of the work," said Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan." Overall I am really pleased with way the day went." The offense took control early scoring on a trio of big plays but the defense adjusted later on, stopping a number of short yardage runs, recording a pair of sacks and an interception. Numbers Crunch

  • Kenji Bahar was 9-14 with two touchdowns and 166 yards through the air.

  • Backup QB Brandon Harris scored three times on the ground, including bursts of 68 and 35 yards down opposite sidelines. He finished with 223 yards through the air and 137 on the ground on six carries.

  • Brandon Batts compiled 93 yards receiving, including a 67-yard touchdown from Bahar.

  • Jake Powell caught a pair of passes in a two-minute drill, resulting in 60 yards.

  • Terrence Greene Jr. streaked down the right sideline for a 54-yard score, one of his three grabs totaling 96 yards.

  • Pete Guerriero, Justin Brown, Juwon Farri and Romeo Holden combined for 170 all-purpose yards.

  • Farri scored the first touchdown of the scrimmage, going in untouched from 26 yards out.

  • In the second half, Assante Kearney caught three balls for 51 yards including a 46 yarder up the seam.

  • Freshman tight end Justin Marcus caught four passes in the second session, good for 43 yards. Quentin Parham caught a touchdown, and Shawn O'Connor also ran one in.

  • Kyle Gregory stepped up and intercepted a Bahar pass, keeping his feet in bounds on the left sideline.

  • Zach Talley registered a sack and a QB hurry on consecutive plays, with the QBH resulting in Gregory's interception.

  • Hasan Chambers led the defense with six stops, and broke up a pass in the red zone.

  • Erik Massey got to the edge for a sack on Harris, one of his three stops.

  • Adham Hasan made four second-half tackles.

  • Jonathan Brice got off a block untouched and was able to register a sack.

  • Freshman Jason Antwi made four tackles on the day.

  • Matt Mosquera made field goals of 39 and 38 yards.

Quotes Coach Callahan on the play of the offense "The offense show the ability to make some big plays, make some explosive plays. At times we didn't tackle in space as well as we needed to. Overall I was happy at the way we go the ball into our playmakers' hands." Coach Callahan on the play of the defense "In the second half we opened it up a little more on defense, the first half we were very vanilla really trying out who can play the base calls when we need them too. I thought there was good balance in the end and we did a good job on the day." Quarterback Kenji Bahar on the scrimmage "All across the board as an offense I think we played tremendously. We started off a little slow but moved along and all the groups did well today." Bahar on having so many weapons in the backfield "When we can get the run going it opens up the pass, having a good run game makes my job so much easier." NFL Hawks

  • Last night former Hawks Hakeem Valles (Detroit Lions) and Mike Basile (New York Giants) faced each other. Valles, a tight end, had two catches for five yards while Basile finished with a tackle and a half with a sack.

  • Hawk wideouts Neal Sterling (Jets) and Chris Hogan (Patriots) each have games next week.

Up Next

  • Monmouth is back on the field on Monday at 3 PM. The Hawks will have a final closed scrimmage on Wednesday

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