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POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State football team held its second football scrimmage on Friday evening at Holt Arena. The scrimmage was a 70 plus play scrimmage focused on situational plays inside the 50-yard line.
The offense racked up 391 yards and scored four touchdowns. The defense was led by Nick Albano's eight tackles and one pass deflection. DeShawn Perkins had six tackles and Taison Manu had three tackles and one interception. PJ Gramaud had a fumble recovery.
“It was a great second scrimmage,” Idaho State coach Mike Kramer said. “We did a lot of situational stuff. We continue to see the development of Justin Arias as a quarterback and I really liked what you saw from Broc Malcom. I thought our entire receiving core played very well. We got good pressure on the quarterback. We didn't run the ball as effectively as we hoped we would. The running game is a big part of what we are doing. Aaron Prier showed today that he is real close to being in regular season form.”
Arias threw the ball for 191 yards and two touchdowns, one being a four-yard pass to Cameron Richmond and the scrimmage ended with Arias connected with Malcom on a 20-yard touchdown pass.
“We are a quarterback led team and he continues to impress,” Kramer said. “He is very decisive with the ball. His only interception was when a receiver wasn't where he needed to be.”
Malcom caught nine passes for 103 yards and Richmond had 36-yards receiving to lead the receiving core. Braeden Mitchell had 51-yards rushing, Aaron Prier 32 and Xavier Finney 27. Finney scored touchdown runs on a run of one-yard and six.
“X and AP give us a good 1-2 punch at tailback,” Kramer said. “They are consistent and run good at pad level. Braeden Mitchell stuck it in there too. We have focused more on our run game. Coach Bailey and the offensive staff are starting to develop a counter-punch to our passing game.”
Defensively, Kramer said he was pleased with the pressure the front put on the quarterback and that Cameron Gupton has had an excellent spring.
“He is just consistent all the time,” Kramer said.
CJ Reyes connected on field goals of 25 and 33 and Brendon Garcia made a 26-yard field goal.
Idaho State concludes spring practice on Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. with the Dave Kragthorpe Classic.