Lobos Look Good in Second Scrimmage of Spring
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tevaka Tuioti and Trae Hall each threw two touchdowns, and Tuioti caught a 32-yard pass as the offense totaled 280 yards through the air. While the offensive aerial game was solid for the offense, the defense came up with several big plays, including a pair of interceptions, a blocked extra point returned for a score and four sacks.
Defensively, the Lobos got a huge day from Joey Noble, who registered a team-high tying seven tackles, five of them solo. He also recorded 3.5 tackles for loss from his middle linebacker spot. The play of Noble was highlighted by head coach Danny Gonzales, who felt like along with Noble, there were other bright spots.
“Joey Noble has made the most progress this spring,” said Gonzales, “It’s exciting to see, but we have to get better up front.” Gonzales also touted a few other players, especially the offense. “The offense had two touchdowns early in the scrimmage, and we have to overcome those as a defense.”
“Overall, we made good progress over the first eight practices,” said Gonzales.
The scrimmage was conducted in two parts, a situational part that saw the team in various modes, from the shadow of its own goal line to red zone, to situational third downs. The offense got touchdowns from both Tuioti and Hall, with Tuioti hitting Kress for 12 yards and Hall finding Emmanuel Logan-Greene from 12 yards out. The touchdown receptions were one of two that each had on the day.
The second half of the scrimmage was spread over around 50 plays or so, and it saw two more touchdown passes, one each by Tuioti and Hall. However, it was a reception by Tuioti that saw the offense kick into gear and led to Logan-Greene’s second TD catch. Tuioti caught a 32-yard pass on the back-end of a “Philly Special” with Jonah Levya finding him down the sideline to the 2-yard line.
After a sack, one of four by the defense, Tuioti hit Logan-Greene in the corner of the end zone for a score. The extra point was blocked by Michael LoVett III, and Letayveon Beaton ran it all the way back for a score.
LoVett III also had an interception on the final play of the scrimmage, one of two by the defense, as Ryan Romero picked off a pass as well.
The Lobos will be off for the next week for Spring Break. The team is currently scheduled to return to the practice field Tuesday, March 24.
Tuioti 10-18-0, 91 yards, 2 TD; Hall, 15-22-1, 160 yards, 2 TD; Genal 1-3-1, -3 yards, Leyva 1-1-0, 32 yards
TOTALS 27-44-2, 279 yards, 4 TD
Alexander 10-74, TD; Johnson, 8-20; Carroll 6-19; Hall 11-10; Vigilant 2-0, Genal 2-(-14); Tuioti 5-(-15).
Kress 8-128, 2 TD; Logan-Greene, 5-29, 2 TD; Wells 3-19, Umeh 2-23, Jarvis 2-20, Tuioti 1-32, Williams 1-11, Patterson 1-10, Hester 1-7, Foley 1-3, Leyva 1-0, Jones 1-(-3).
Tackles: Noble 5-2, Hannah 2-5, Romero 2-4, Bolden 4-1, Shook 3-2, Martin 4-0, Lowery 4-0, Collier 4-0, Hightower 3-1, French 2-1, LoVett III 2-1, Lewis 2-1, B. Bertram 1-1, Hearn 1-1, Murray 1-1, Beaton 1-1, Gansallo 1-1, Nathan 0-2, Reed 1-0, Nathan 1-0, Kirkendoll 1-0, Harden 1-0, Burton 0-1, Hunt 0-1, M. Bertram 0-1, Sachdeva 0-1,
Noble 3.5-8, French 1.5-9, Gansallo 1-1, Shook 3.0-26, Hannah 0.5-1, Murray 0.5-5, Lewis 1-7
French 1.5-9, Noble 0.5-3, Shook 1.5-11, Murray 0.5-5
Passes Broken Up
Martin 1, Reed 1, Lewis 1
LoVett III 1
Romero 1, LoVett 1