By Rachel Roberts
The Idaho Statesman
EAGLE — Idaho’s offense led 8-5 after the first quarter, but was outplayed for much of Saturday’s Vandal football spring scrimmage before 2,205 at Eagle High.
The Vandal defense prevailed, 61-26, in a modified scoring format used for the game, moved to the Boise area due to ongoing renovations at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.
The Vandals played three 20-minute quarters with a running clock and a 15-minute fourth quarter using a modified scoring system.
Offense could earn points for a touchdown (6), field goal (3), PAT (1), two-point conversion (2), 20-yard gain (1) or first down (1) .
Defense had points for a defensive touchdown (12), PAT after a defensive TD (1), turnover (6), safety (5), three-and-out (3), stopped practice in open ground (1), drive saved on fourth down (3), drive saved in the red zone (4), sack/tackle for loss (2) or a two-point conversion saved (1).
The defense had 35 points in the second quarter, including four sacks and a turnover when linebacker Isiah King intercepted quarterback Gevani McCoy.
The offense took a 50-yard field goal from Ricardo Chavez on its first drive, but didn’t find the end zone until late in the fourth quarter. Redshirt senior Roshaun Johnson scored the only TD of the game on an 8-yard run.
“I think the offense went pretty well in the first quarter. We moved the ball well and did a lot of good things,” Idaho freshman coach Jason Eck said. “…Then the defense really turned it on. Line D played very well. … I was proud because the game kind of got away from the attack, but they kept shooting. I thought that was one hell of a touchdown practice.
Four quarterbacks saw playing time, with McCoy working with the first-team offense, followed by appearances from second CJ Jordan, rookie Tyler Webb and second Macloud Crowton. “The first two guys – CJ and Gevani – sort of separated themselves from the other two,” Eck said. “These guys are probably the two main guys competing. There was back and forth between these guys. We gave Gevani the first group today. He’s probably a bit ahead, but it’s very tight between these guys.
FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
At the end of Saturday’s scrimmage, Eck announced that four extras had received scholarships.
“It was my favorite moment since I’ve been here as head coach,” Eck said.
Offensive lineman Beau St. John, tight end Alex Moore, defensive lineman Sam Brown and free safety Mathias Bertram were the scholarship recipients.
McCoy was 8 of 19 for 134 yards and one interception. Jordan was 5 of 13 for 47 yards. Johnson led the rushing offense with eight carries for 41 yards and a score. Terez Traynor had four receptions for 62 yards. Trent Elstad, formerly of Coeur d’Alene High, had five carries for 21 yards … At halftime, Eck announced linebacker Fa’Avae Fa’Avae and offensive lineman Logan Floyd, both seniors, had been elected team captains by the other. players … The Vandals will begin preseason camp in early August with Game 1 scheduled for Sept. 3 at Washington State in Pullman.
PREVIOUS – Nick Romano 2-2, Roshaun Johnson 8-41, Andre Carter 4-17, Elisha Cummings 4-9, Trent Elstad 5-21.
PASS – Gevani McCoy 8-19-1-134, CJ Jordan 5-13-0-47, Macleod Crowton 3-7-0-16.
RECEPTION – Jermaine Jackson 2-23, Jalen Grable 1-14, Zach Borisch 3-13, Terez Traynor 4-62, Elisha Cummings 1-3, Aundre Carter 1-11, Jake Cox 2-1, Luke Borchardt 1-7, Alex Moore 3-52.
Information from local reports and Idaho sports news was also used in this story.