Defense Ahead of Offense in First Camp Scrimmage

Anthony Pesanello

Aug. 13, 2011

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With big stops and forced turnovers, the Fordham defense, a week into camp, showed that it is ahead of the offense in the camp's first scrimmage on Jack Coffey Field.

"I like what our defense was doing tonight with the energy and hard work they brought to the scrimmage," said head coach Tom Masella. "Now we have to match that on offense. But the defense came up with some big plays and forced some turnovers which is what we're looking for."

With the quarterback position still a question for the Rams, Masella rotated for quarterbacks in the scrimmage with Griffin Murphy completing seven of ten passes while freshman Peter Maetzold threw for 65 yards and classmate Nick Glogau completing two passes, both scoring strikes.

"We still have a question at quarterback," said Masella. "We have to keep putting the guys out there until one separates himself from the others."

Over the first four possessions, the Fordham defense held the offense to just one first down, that coming on the third play of the game when Ryan Higgins and Carlton Koonce hooked up for a 30-yard pass play. But the defense settled down after the long gain and held the offense to just five more yards on the ensuing three plays with Ian Williams coming up with a pass break up on second down.

On the fifth possession of the game, the offense converted its first third down when Maetzold connected with Brandon Anderson for a nine-yard game to put the ball on the defense's 40. But three plays later, Nick Womack sacked Maetzold and the offense punted the ball away.

Four possessions later, Jeramie Brown carried three straight times, the first an 18-yard gain, to move the ball to the defensive's 30. Four plays later, Glogau faked a handoff on the 23 and found James Avedesian in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.

The defense didn't allow the offense to move the ball for the next two possessions with John LaSure coming up with a sack to end the second drive. On the next set of downs, the offense moved from its own 35 to midfield but penalties and pass break ups from Robert Palmer and Jason Weston prevented the offense from crossing the 50.

Later in the scrimmage, the offense took over on its own 19 and, with five rushes, moved the ball to the 35. On third-and-eight from the 35, Higgins found Alex Leo with a 14-yard pass play to place the ball at midfield. Later in the drive, a 14-yard rush from Brown gave the offense a first-and-goal from the five and two plays later Jamir Livingston took it in from the three.

Peter Maetzold

The offense started moving the ball on the next series with Maetzold and Blake Wayne hooking up on a pair of passes that netted 32 yards and put the ball in the defensive side of the field. But the defense came up with a fourth down stop at the 38 as the drive was halted.

But it didn't take long for the offense to rebound. On the first play of the next possession Glogau hooked up with Marc DeSisto deep down the right side with a 67-yard scoring play which proved to be the final score of the night.

George Apostolopoulos and Nick Womack each led the defense with six tackles, five solo, with Apostolopoulos having two tackles for loss and one sack, and Womack finishing with one sack. Anthony Pesanello also made six stops, four solo, with one tackle for loss and one sack, and DeAndre Slate made five tackles, three solo.

Offensively, Maetzold completed seven of 12 passes for 65 yards while Murphy connected on seven of ten for 62 yards. Brian Wetzel led all receivers with four catches for 22 yards while Darryl Whiting carried nine times for 58 yards while Brown finished with 52 yards on eleven carries.

Patrick Murray punted ten times with a 41.7 yards/punt average and he connected on all three extra points.

The Rams will play their second scrimmage next Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 PM on Jack Coffey Field.

Fordham Scrimmage #1
August 13, 2011 - Coffey Field


Rushing (Attempts-Yards):
Darryl Whiting 9-58; Jeramie Brown 11-52; Carlton Koonce 11-34; Jamir Livingston 13-56; Ryan Higgins 3-6; Peter Maetzold 4-0.

Passing (Attempts-Completion--Interceptions-Yards-TDs):
Peter Maetzold 12-7-65-0; Griffin Murphy 10-7-62-0; Ryan Higgins 4-2-8-0; Nick Glogau 4-2-90-2.

Receiving (Receptions-Yards-TDs):
Brian Wetzel 4-22-0; Carlton Koonce 3-45-0; Greg Wilson 2-32-0; Alex Leo 2-16-0; Brandon Anderson 2-12-0; Brad Pierre 2-8-0; James Avedesian 1-23-1; Marc DeSisto 1-67-1; Darryl Whiting 1-0-0.


Tackles (Solo-AT-For Loss-Sack-PBU):
George Apostolopoulos 5-1-2-1-0; Nick Womack 5-1-0-1-0; Anthony Pesanello 4-2-1-1-0; DeAndre Slate 3-2-0-0-0; John LaSure 4-0-2-1-0; Andy Okonkwo 3-1-0-0-0; Austin Hancock 2-2-0-0-0; Victor DiFusco 3-0-0-0-0; Michael Martin 2-1-0-0-0; Nick Merino 2-1-0-0-0; Ian Williams 2-0-0-0-1; Paul Barchitta 1-2-0-0-0; Patrick McGee 1-2-0-0-0; Jake Dixon 1-1-0-0-0; Kevin Carter 1-1-0-0-0; Robert Palmer 1-1-0-0-1; Kareem Watkins 1-1-0-0-0; Thomas Lloyd 1-1-0-0-0; Jason Weston 1-0-0-0-1; Jake Rodriques 1-0-0-0-0; Jock Payten 1-0-0-0-0; Jordan Chapman 1-1-0-0-0; Craig Staub 1-1-0-0-0; Peter McGuire 1-2-0-0-0; Vaughn Scott 1-0-0-0-1; Brett Biestek 1-0-0-1-0; Benjamin Daley 1-0-0-0-0; De'Nard Pinckney 1-0-0-0-0; William DeLuca 1-0-0-0-0.

Fumbles Recovered
Carter Bragg 1.

Punting (No.-Yards-Avg.-Long)
Patrick Murray 10-417-41.7-53.