DURHAM, N.H.-The University of New Hampshire football team played its annual fall scrimmage on Thursday afternoon and the veterans came through with flying colors, while several newcomers impressed the coaching staff.
The story of the day would have to be the performance of senior quarterback Ryan Day (Manchester, N.H.) and junior wide receiver Michael Taylor (Allentown, Pa.) In the first half alone, Day completed seven passes to Taylor for a total of 129 yards, including a thrilling 49-yard touchdown just four plays into the game. On the day, Day connected on 15x23 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
The UNH running game was also effective with redshirt freshman running back R.J. Lindquist (Linwood, N.J.) seeing most of the carries (9) for 47 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown run. Starting junior tailback Stephan Lewis, who was held to limited action, carried the football five times for 18 yards, but also made two catches, one for a 35-yard touchdown and the other for seven yards.
Third-year head coach Sean McDonnell also got a good look at his No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks. Junior field general Michael Hurley (Walpole, Mass.) completed 8x11 passes for 98 yards, including a 15-yarder. Meanwhile, redshirt freshman quarterback Mke Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) completed 6x7 passes for 103 yards with one interception.
Looking at the other receivers in addition to Taylor, redshirt freshman flanker Dan Burkhardt (Gloucester, N.J.) caught three passes for 77 yards, including a long catch of 39 yards. A new face at tight end was redshirt freshman Christian Leibl-Cote who had three receptions for 29 yards. Also with three catches was freshman Malcolm Isom (Newton, Texas), who compiled 34 yards on the day.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive end Kane Anderson (Bomeseen, Vt.) recorded an interception late in the game to go with his one sack for a loss of three yards. Anderson was converted from tight end to defensive end for this season. Also leading the defensive charge was sophomore linebacker George Yasso (Bethlehem, Pa.), who recorded a team-high seven tackles. Two other sacks were recorded by the defense, one by freshman defensive back B.J. Flenory (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and the other by freshman defensive end Derek Stank (Etters, Pa.) who recorded a sack for a loss of three yards.
The scrimmage marks the end of the fall preseason camp and now the Wildcats will spend the next week preparing for Hampton, a perennial top 25 team in I-AA football. UNH will play Hampton in its season home-opener on Saturday, Sept. 1. Game time is 1 p.m. at Cowell Stadium.