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Southern Utah defense prevails in final scrimmage

First Published Apr 26 2014 10:20 pm • Last Updated Apr 29 2014 04:55 pm

Cedar City • The Southern Utah defense prevailed in the final scrimmage of spring practice on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon at Eccles Coliseum.

Using a scoring system that rewarded the offense for touchdowns and field goals and the defense for stops at different places on the field, the Thunderbird defenders prevailed, 39-22.

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"This was a good scrimmage," SUU coach Ed Lamb said. "Everyone hit hard [and] we were executing on defense and executing on defense. ... We ended a very productive and energetic offseason with a very productive and energetic spring game."

The defense stopped the offense on the first two drives to take an 11-0 lead. The offense got on the scoreboard when Aaron Cantu passed to Chris Robinson for a touchdown.

The defense scored another 11 points to take a 22-7 advantage before Donovan Marshall kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it a 22-10 game.

Two more stops gave the defense a 34-10 before the offense scored again on a 48-yard pass from Cantu to Mike Sharp.

Late in the game, the defense got five points for a stop at the 50-yard line before the offense finished with with a one-yard Raysean Martin touchdown run.

Linebacker Chinedu Ahanonu paced the defense with 10 tackles, including seven solo. Linebacker Jarom Healey contributed seven stops.

The offense finished with 457 total yards, including 297 through the air. Cantu completed 16 of 21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Ammon Olsen completed 11 of 22 passes for 69 yards.

Robinson was the top receiver with six receptions for 50 yards. Naia Ursua had five catches for 50 yards while Sharp, who also played one series at quarterback, caught four passes for 86 yards.

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Quarterback Tannon Pederson had a team-high 69 yards rushing on four carries, including a 64-yarder. Martin finished with 51 yards on 14 carries.

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