Many Highlights From Second Scrimmage Of Camp
BERKELEY – Cal's offense came out on fire by scoring touchdowns on six consecutive red zone drives before the defense limited the offense to only two more trips into the end zone for the remainder of a 97-play scrimmage on a cloudy Saturday morning at California Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears' kickers also had a strong showing by making all eight of their field goal attempts, including six during a post-scrimmage session, and tacked on 3-of-3 extra-point conversions.
"We were definitely improved [from last Saturday's scrimmage], which we would expect with another week of practice and more reps," Travers Family Head Football Coach Justin Wilcox said. "I thought the guys came out and competed hard … Overall, I was really pleased with their energy today. It was very competitive. They were chomping at the bit to get out there and play."
"We scored every time we were on the field, all groups of offense," Garbers said. "We carried over what we do in practice and kind of put it all together today. The offense did a great job in the red zone."
Garbers led the Cal offense by completing 12-of-19 passes for 143 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, while Kai Millner (6-12-1-88, 2 TD), Ryan Glover (5-10-0-36, 1 TD) and Zach Johnson (3-3-0-12) also took snaps under center. The four signal callers combined to complete 26-of-44 passes for 279 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.
Garbers' first two scoring passes came in the opening red zone session on a 16-yarder to Nikko Remigio and a 1-yarder to Gavin Reinwald. He also found Monroe Young on a five-yard scoring strike for the eighth and final touchdown of the scrimmage to cap a 9-play, 58-yard drive. Millner connected with Jeremiah Hunter for a 16-yard score and Keleki Latu from one yard out with both coming during red zone work, while Glover hooked up with Mason Mangum on a 13-yard touchdown toss on the second red zone drive of the scrimmage.
Chris Street (12-31, TD) and Ashton Stredick (6-20, TD) were the top two rushers of the scrimmage and also accounted for both touchdowns on the ground. Stredick scored during red zone action on a 2-yard run and Street got into the end zone from five yards out on the ninth play of a 65-yard drive that was the longest of the day for the offense.
Mangum (3-29, TD) and Street (3-13) each had three receptions to lead 17 players with at least one catch. Tommy Christakos had a scrimmage-high 70 yards receiving on a pair of receptions including a scrimmage-long 57-yarder from Millner, while Remigio picked up 43 yards on his two grabs. Christopher Brooks (2-14), Damien Moore (2-12) and Stredick (2-10) also had a pair of catches, while Trevon Clark's lone reception was a 37-yarder from Garbers.
Dario Longhetto made all seven of his kicks by going 5-of-5 on field goals and 2-of-2 on extra points. Longhetto's first two field goals from 42 and 43 yards capped 43 and 33-yard drives of nine and seven plays. He also made all three of his field goals tries in the post-scrimmage session from 40, 42 and 45 yards away. Nico Ramos converted both of his field goal attempts in the post-scrimmage session from 42 and 45 yards out, as well as his lone extra-point try during the scrimmage, while Nick Lopez hit a 40-yard field goal on his only kick also in the post-scrimmage session.
Five different defensive players – Darius Long (-11 yards), Dejuan Butler (-7 yards), Mo Iosefa (-5 yards), Jaedon Roberts (-4 yards) and Derek Wilkins (-2 yards) – were credited with a single sack. Tyson McWilliams had the lone interception of the scrimmage when he picked off Millner in the end zone while Collin Gamble had a scrimmage-high three pass breakups and Kyle Smith's four tackles led 31 different defensive players with at least one stop each.
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