Hurricane Squeaks by Riverside 17-14 in Final Tune-Up.
The Redskins have some questions that remain to be answered as the Pre Season drew to a close after an uneven effort against a much improved Riverside team on Saturday at Laidley Field.
"We did alot of things well but need to work on a lot" said one Redskin Assistant coach following the contest.
One question that Coach Taylor must answer is, Who is his starting quarterback versus Winfield on Friday night? Once again both contestants showed some nice flashes.
This week Austin Womack had the first opportunity playing the 1st Quarter. Womack (5-10-108-1 td) had his best moment on the opening play of his 2nd series as he hit Curon Cordon on a 70 yard touchdown pass pulling Hurricane within 7-6.
Nathan Roy (3-12-88-1td) played the 2nd quarter and he too found Cordon for a 20 yard TD pass. Roy also hit Dakota Williams downfield for a 50 yard gain.
One question that may have been answered is Williams and Cordon may well be the best receiving duo in the MSAC as we enter the regular season. Curon (2-90) and Dakota (2-75) combined for 165 yards in just one half on the field.
The receiving corp seems the strong point of Hurricane's offense as Bo Adkins (3-68) and Abel Cunningham (1-18) also played roles in the 267 passing yards that the Skins accounted for on the day.
After Cordon's 2nd TD the redskins went for two and succeeded when JT Cooper recovered a fumbled rushing attempt to tie the score at 14 all at the half.
While the passing game topped the 250 yards again, the rushing game remains another question mark. Hurricane gained 42 yards on 17 carries with Christian Hill (7-9) getting the lion share of the carries. Actually Roy (2-14) had the longest run of the game on a QB scramble.
The only scoring in the 2nd half, as both teams rested most of their starters, was a 36 Yard Field Goal by Hurricane's Tim Mccutchen which put the Redskins up to stay 17-14.
As far as the Redskins defense, it may be concerning on the surface to witness 2 scoring drives against the first team unit. However both scores were keyed by one big play rather than sustained drives. As DC Pratt said on his twitter account, "I was proud of the defense today, we played base, no man, no blitz, (I saw) a lot of growth."
Payton Lunsford led the Redskins with 7 tackles, while JT Cooper, and Walker James, had 4 each, while Steven Shine, Porter, Ross, Cook, and Hartleben all had 3 stops. Charlie Womack accounted for the only turnover for either side with an interception. Hartleben picked up his 4th sack of the preseason.
Notes: Hayden Alford (3-6-71) saw action at QB in the 4th quarter. Mason Giacomo was shaken up while making a TD saving tackle in the 1st quarter and did not return. Walker James looked good in limited action, and had his hands on a potential late interception. Shine, Cook and Watson had tackles for loss.
One last Question to answer: Besides Tim Mccutchen's FG he also punted well, and he may now be the front runner in the Place-Kicker and Punting roles.
All statistics are unofficial.
Finally two opponents on Hurricane's schedule followed our scrimmage as it was all Cabell Midland as they manhandled George Washington with a typical powerful running game. GW has Grant Wells who has deadly accuracy when he has time, a luxury he did not have often during the one quarter he was in the game. OH well a lot of winning football ahead for the Redskins before we start worrying about these guys..... BTW Winfield topped Sissonville 8-7 in their final tune up.