Folston, from Cocoa, Fla., completed seven passes for 90 yards in the action including a 35-yard scoring strike to Jacobye Jacobs. Folston, locked in a battle with redshirt freshman Kade Bell for the team’s starting job, ran for an 8-yard touchdown. Bell had three completions for 20 yards while newcomer Steven Hughes hit five passes for 41 yards and scored on a 7-yard run.
As was the case in the team’s first scrimmage a week ago, the defense dominated and recorded 10 sacks and numerous quarterback pressures.
Defensive end Aaron Riley, who played high school ball at Bolles, had four sacks while Juan Pimienta, Andre Addison, Charles Dowdy, Jamaal Coleman, Daniel DelGuidice and Ed Foley all had one. Foley also had a fumble recovery and Addison recorded numerous tackles.
Placekicker Dylan Lynch connected on field goals from 20 and 36 yards while running back Johnnie Hicks led all rushers with 57 yards on 14 carries. Jacobs led all receivers with 54 yards on three catches as 12 different receivers had at least one catch.
“First and foremast I want to thank my teammates,’’ Addison, from Crescent City, Fla., said. “If they didn’t do what they were supposed to do I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did. I feel great about it. I think the whole team, the atmosphere, the camaraderie all was great.’’
Addison said he’s feeling good the defense is as strong as it is.
“Yes sir, anytime the defense gets recognition, it puts a smile on my face,’’ he said. “We have a lot of great talent and we have a lot of good freshmen who stepped up and I think we’ll be good now and in the future.’’
Coach Kerwin Bell didn’t disagree.
“Well, we’re good on defense and that’s good,’’ he said. “It’s going to make us work harder on offense. We probably had our (offensive) line together two days and it’s really showing. We’ve got a lot of work to do this week and we’ll get it done.’’
He also noted the quarterback situation remains fluid.
“We’ve got to figure out this quarterback battle,’’ he said. “It’s hard to judge them because they haven’t got much protection. The running backs, it’s hard to judge them because they’re getting hit at the line of scrimmage. We knew our defense was going to be ahead and they are.’’
Besides the normal bumps and bruises of any camp, the team has been hit by a stomach virus which has sidelined several players, many of whom are on the offensive line.
“We’re young and the big thing I’m hoping is this week we can get everybody healthy and back and start putting this offense together and make a big jump,’’ Bell said. “This is our first day back this week with everybody other than one day. Lord. Brand new line, six starts on the entire line and you’re asking them to come out as one group and they’ve played one practice together in 10 days and that’s tough. We’ve got to start putting this thing together and put some momentum together going into the season.’’
- Jim Nasella