Justin Hebert and Darren Carrington combined for three touchdowns to lead the “Team Free” over the “Team Brave” 34-11 Saturday afternoon in the annual spring scrimmage to draw the first chapter of the Willie Taggart era to close.
Hebert connected on 16 of his 26 attempts for 327 yards, the longest of which was a 58-yard pitch and catch to senior running back Royce Freeman, a little icing on a 43-yards on five carries day packing the rock. Kani Benoit added another 109 yards on five carries – doing most of his damage on a third quarter 95-yard bolt – to help “Team Free” to a 466-277 advantage in total yards.
Carrington and Hebert hooked up on scoring passes of 13, 30 and 25 yards, the first to open the scoring four minutes into the contest, the last to close out the scoring on the last play of the scrimmage.
For “Team Brave” Travis Jonsen and Braxton Burmeister completed eight of 88 pass attempts for 149 yards with each suffering an interception. Tony Brooks-James scored the only touchdown, a one-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter. Burmeiser found Charles Nelson free for the two-point conversion.
Carrington’s 116 yards on four receptions was best on the day for either side; Dillon Mitchell of “Team Brave” picked up 75 yards on three catches.
With 15 practices worth of film to review, Taggart and his staff have until the beginning of fall camp to make their final evaluations and put together a depth chart for the 2017 campaign.