Defense and Offense Show Improvement in Second Camp Scrimmage

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG George Apostolopoulos (97) tackles Darryl Whiting in the end zone for a safety
George Apostolopoulos (97) tackles Darryl Whiting in the end zone for a safety

Aug. 20, 2011

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Both sides of the ball had their moments in Fordham football's second camp scrimmage on Jack Coffey Field on Saturday. But in the end, when running gassers was on the line, it was the defense that came up with the big stop and it was the offense that closed out the game with a pair of sprints across the field.

"We did some good things on both sides of the ball today," said head coach Tom Masella. "The offense put together some good drives and the defense came up with some big stops. Now it's time to start concentrating on the UConn game."

During the week, Masella said the quarterback situation is a three-man race between junior Ryan Higgins, sophomore Griffin Murphy and freshman Peter Maetzold. All three threw at least one touchdown today with Maetzold leading the way, completing 12 of 18 passes for 142 yards and two scores while Murphy connected on six of his 15 passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.

The scrimmage started with the offense on the three with the defense being charged to stop it. On the first play, Andy Okonkwo broke through the line and tackled Darryl Whiting for a loss of two but Whiting brought the ball down to the one on the next play and then took it into the end zone.

On the next series, the second offense needed just one play to score as Higgins found Adam Malkiewicz in the corner of the end zone for the score.

The third series was the same as the second as the offense needed just one play, a rush from Carlton Koonce who broke a number of tackles, to score.

The roles were then reversed with the offense finding itself trapped deep in its own territory. On the first play of these series, George Apostolopoulos got to Whiting in the end zone for a safety. But the offense managed to gain a first down on the next two series, the first on a 20-yard rush from Koonce and the second on a 30-yard completion from Maetzold to Andrew Spanarkel.

Carlton Koonce

On the ensuring possessions, the offense took over on its own 25 and tried to move the ball down field. Maetzold completed his first two pass attempts, including a 25-yarder to Dan Light on the first play of the drive, to put the ball on the defense's 39. The offense then faced a fourth and one call on the 31 but Whiting broke through the line for a six-yard gain and the first down. However, the drive stalled on the 21 and a 39-yard Patrick Murray field goal attempt was no good.

The defense forced the offense to three-and-outs on the next seven series, sacking the quarterback three times, two of those coming from Patrick McGee, and benefiting from a Jock Payten interception.

The offense managed to put points on the board later in the scrimmage as Maetzold moved the ball from the offense's 42 to the 27 of the defense where Michael Marando connected on a 45-yard field goal. Koonce played a large part in the part, gaining 23 yards on two carries.

The defense rebounded on the next series with Okonkwo sacking Murphy on third down to end the drive.

The offense then went into hurry up mode, taking over on its own 25 with 1:20 left needing a score. On the first series, the offense moved out to the 45 but couldn't pick up another first down.

Sam Ajala

On the next series, Murphy completed two big passes early in the drive to Sam Ajala, gaining 40 yard with the completions. Another long pass (23 yards) from Murphy to Ajala put the ball on the 13 but Brett Biestek sacked Murphy for a loss of ten yards and, after an incomplete pass, Marando missed on a 40-yard field goal attempt.

After a short break, the offense went three-and-out before mounting an eight-play, 60-yard scoring drive with Maetzold finding Dan Parker in the end zone with a ten-yard scoring strike to cap the drive. The drive was aided by a personal foul penalty on the defense.

The defense dug in on the next series and held the offense in check before Higgins drove the offense from the 40 to the five where Marando booted a 22-yard field goal.

The scrimmage wrapped up with the offense taking over on the defense 20 and the offense responded with three straight touchdowns. The first was all Jeramie Brown, who gained all 20 yards on three rushes, the final a one-yard scoring run, while Murphy found a wide open Blake Wayne on the first play of the next drive with a 22-yard scoring pass.

On the third series, Whiting gained eleven yards on two carries before Maetzold connected with Light from the eleven for the score.

On the final drive of the scrimmage, with running gassers on the line, the defense toughened up. After an eight-yard rush from Koonce, the offense was hit with an illegal blocking penalty, moving the ball back to the 18. After a fumbled snap on third down, Marando kicked a 36-yard field goal but it wasn't enough to save the offense.

The Rams will continue camp next week before traveling up to East Hartford, Conn., for the season opener at Connecticut on Thursday night, September 1st at 7:30 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN3.

Fordham Scrimmage #2
August 20, 2011 - Coffey Field


Rushing (Attempts-Yards):
Carlton Koonce 8-63; Jeramie Brown 10-48; Darryl Whiting 17-45; Jamir Livingston 7-32.

Passing (Attempts-Completion--Interceptions-Yards-TDs):
Peter Maetzold 18-12-142-0-2; Griffin Murphy 15-6-116-0-1; Ryan Higgins 10-2-22-1-1; Nick Glogau 1-0-0-0-0.

Receiving (Receptions-Yards-TDs):
Sam Ajala 4-93-0; Blake Wayne 3-34-1; Dan Light 2-36-1; Greg Wilson 2-25-0; Aaron Mays 2-23-0; Carlton Koonce 2-10-0; Andrew Spanarkel 1-30-0; Jamir Livingston 1-12-0; Dan Parker 1-10-1; Adam Malkiewicz 1-3-1; Darryl Whiting 1-4-0.

Field Goals (Made underlined and bold):
Michael Marando: 45, 40, 22, 36; Patrick Murray: 39

PATS (Attempt-Made):
Patrick Murray 3-3; Michael Marando 2-2; Kevin Levin 2-2.


Tackles (Solo-AT-For Loss-Sack-PBU):
George Apostolopoulos 6-2-1-2-0; Andy Okonkwo 4-2-0-1-0; Jake Rodriques 2-3-0-0-0; Michael Martin 1-3-0-0-0; Peter McGuire 3-0-0-0-0; Andre Delaire 2-1-0-0-0; Jake Dixon 2-1-0-0-0; Nick Womack 2-1-1-0-0; Victor DiFusco 1-2-0-0-1; Brett Biestek 1-2-0-0-1; Austin Hancock 0-3-0-0-0; Patrick McGee 2-0-0-2-0; De'Nard Pinckney 2-0-0-0-0; Nick Merino 2-0-0-0-0; Kevin Carter 1-1-0-0-0; William DeLuca 1-1-0-0-0; Joseph Mizera 1-1-0-0-0; Jason Weston 1-1-0-0-0; John LaSure 1-0-1-0-0; Ian Williams 1-0-0-0-0; Vaughn Scott 0-1-0-0-0; Jock Payten 0-0-0-0-1;

Jock Payten 1.

Punting (No.-Yards-Avg.-Long)
Patrick Murray 5-230-46.0-52; Adam Malkiewicz 2-56-28.0-30.