DURHAM, N.H.-- Junior running back R.J. Harvey (Albany, N.Y.) and junior quarterback Mike Granieri (Linwood, N.J.) led a potent UNH offense to 33 points in the first half at the University of New Hampshire's annual fall football scrimmage on Thursday afternoon at Cowell Stadium.
Harvey, who scored a 26-yard touchdown, finished the afternoon with 12 carries for exactly 100 yards in the opening stanza. He also recorded two receptions for 27 yards and is expected to be a key starter for the 'Cats this season. Looking at the other UNH running backs, freshman Chris Ward (Waltham, Mass.) had eight carries for 32 yards and he scored on a seven-yard TD run. The Wildcats also received a rushing touchdown by junior wide receiver David Bailey (Bronx, N.Y.),who scored on an 11-yard end around play.
Granieri, looked sharp in the contest, completing 18x29 attempts for 241 yards and no interceptions . The only other quarterback to play in the contest was redshirt freshman Matt Skoby (Concord, N.H.), who connected on 7x13 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown pass for 25 yards to redshirt freshman Mike Grella (Derry, N.H.) for an exciting Granite State hookup. Grella completed the afternoon with two catches for 53 yards.
In the receiving department, UNH was led by sophomore tight end Jon Williams (Rochester, N.Y.) who caught five passes for 73 yards, including the long play of the day, a 34-yard reception. Granieri also ran the football for 33 yards for the second-longest play of the afternoon. Bailey grabbed three catches for 40 yards and senior wide receiver Jermaine Stevens (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) caught three passes for 36 yards.
Sophomore kicker Connor McCormick (Forty Fort, Pa.), who booted two field goals, one 27 yards and the other for 35 yards, made both of his attempts, while he also kicked one PAT.
On the defensive side of the football, senior captain and linebacker George Yasso (Bethlehem, Pa.) recorded a team-best eight tackles and one tackle for a loss of one yard.
Also putting good pressure on the quarterbacks was sophomore defensive lineman Derek Stank (Etters, Pa.), who recorded two sacks for losses of eight and six yards, respectively.
Looking at the team numbers, the offense compiled 535 total yards, 200 on the ground and 335 by passing. The defense recorded a total of six sacks in the first half and also recorded two forced fumbles, one by senior defensive back Steve Kobzik (Newfields, N.H.) and the other by sophomore defensive back Giovanni Benson (Hyde Park, N.Y.).
The Wildcats will open the season on Sat., Aug. 30, when they entertain Central Connecticut State University. Game time is 3 p.m. at Cowell Stadium.