BOTH THE OFFENSE AND DEFENSE SHINE IN ANNUAL SPRING FOOTBALL BLUE/WHITE SCRIMMAGE

DURHAM,  N.H.— Junior quarterback Kevin Decker (Armonk, N.Y.) looked sharp and passed for three touchdowns, while senior field general R.J. Toman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) looked good as well with two touchdown passes, as the offense scored 44 points in the University of New Hampshire football team's annual Spring Blue/White Scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Cowell Stadium.

 The defense also shined, recording an impressive total of 14 sacks for a loss of 65 yards, while also recording an interception and a fumble recovery for a pair of turnovers. Leading the team in total tackles was redshirt freshman defensive back Chris Beranger (Winthrop, Mass.) with 12, while junior linebacker Mark Petercuskie (Holliston, Mass.), sopohomore linebacker Alan Buzbee (Chester, N.J.) and junior defensive lineman John Murray (Aston, Pa.) all had eight tackles.
 
In the case of Decker, he completed 15 of 20 passes for 209 yards, while Toman connected on 19 of 34 pass attempts for 176 yards. The offense compiled 466 passing yards and 96 rushing for a grand total of 562 total yards.
 
The first touchdown of the game was a pretty 20 yard ramble by sophomore running back Dontra Peters (Annapolis, Md.) at 4:27 of the first quarter. Peters finished the game with seven carries for 68 yards to lead the team.
 
At 6:41 of the second quarter redshirt freshman kicker Mike MacArthur (North Hampton, N.H.) booted a 20 yard field goal to give the offense 10 points in the first half. The defense forced the field goal after holding on fourth down.
 
The defense made its first big play with 4:05 left in the first half when redshirt freshman defensive back Jason Roach (Dorchester, Mass came up with an interception.
 
With 10 seconds left in the second quarter, Decker completed a perfect 22 yard pass to senior wide receiver Terrance Fox (Piscataway, N.J.) to give the offense 17 points.
 
At 10:16 of the third quarter, Decker tossed a 20 yard pass to senior wide receiver Mike Greene (Stonington, Conn.), and after the PAT, the offense had 24 points on the afternoon.
 
The defense came up with its second turnover of the day when redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jim Vailas (Bedford, N.H.) recovered a fumble.
 
Toman completed a 34 yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Mickey Mangieri (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) with 9:26 to play in the game to bring the point total to 31.
 
Decker completed his third TD pass of the day with 8:26 left in the fourth quarter on a 61yard pass play to sophomore wide receiver Joey Orlando (Bethlehem, Pa.) to put the total offensive scoring output to 37 points.
 
With 5:27 left in the fourth quarter Toman threw his second TD pass of the day,  a 34-yarder to senior wide receiver Chris Chandler (Quincy, Mass.) to give the Wildcat offense 44 points for the game.
 
Several receivers were impressive for the 'Cats. Greene caught six passes for 70 yards. Orlando checked in with three catches for 104 yards and Fox finished the day with five catches for 55 yArds.
 
The captains were announced for the 2010 season and included senior linebacker Devon Jackson (Williamstown, N.J.), senior running back Sean Jellison (Amherst, N.H.), senior defensive back Dino Vasso (Crum Lynne, Pa.) and Toman.
 
The team will open the season on Saturday, Sept. 4, when the Wildcats entertain Central Connecticut. Game time is at 12 p.m. at Cowell Stadium and tickets are available online at www.unhwildcats.com.
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