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Aug 17, 2013 7:19 PM by Eric Burdick

Offense comes alive in Cal Poly football scrimmage

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Freshman slotback Jake Brito scored two touchdowns while true freshman Kyle Lewis and redshirt freshman Kori Garcia combined for 142 rushing yards, highlighting Saturday's lone scrimmage of Cal Poly's 2013 Fall Football Camp.

Held on the upper fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex, the scrimmage featured an offense that accumulated five touchdowns and a field goal, collecting 26 first downs and amassing 617 yards in total offense.

Garcia netted 78 yards on just eight carries, including a 30-yard run, while Lewis added 64 yards on 10 trips. Brito scored on runs of four and 24 yards while junior fullback Brent Michaels added a 24-yard scoring run of his own.

Junior slotback Kristaan Ivory didn't score a touchdown on the ground, contributing 34 yards on seven carries, but hit senior wide receiver Nathanael Petrey with a 44-yard halfback pass after taking a pitch from redshirt freshman Tanner Trosin.

Trosin, part of a four-man quarterback battle, drove the Mustang offense to three of the five touchdowns, hitting redshirt freshman slotback Kevin Porche with a 13-yard scoring pass moments after connecting with junior slotback Kenny Mitchell on a 30-yard sideline pass. Trosin completed four of seven passes for 68 yards and also rushed for 31 yards on two carries.

Junior Vince Moraga and redshirt freshman Chris Brown also engineered scoring drives for Cal Poly.

Moraga connected on four of his six pass attempts for 30 yards and rushed for eight yards on six trips while Brown gained 41 yards on just five carries and completed two of five passes for 12 yards.

Sophomore Dano Graves, the transfer from Air Force, also staked his claim to the role of starting quarterback, netting six yards on 12 carries and completing five of six passes for 23 yards.

Other top rushers for the Mustangs were junior fullback Brandon Howe with 42 yards on four carries and senior fullback Matt Rulon with 37 yards on five trips.

Top Mustang receiver was Porche with four catches for 31 yards. Petrey, Lewis and senior fullback Akaninyene Umoh each made a pair of catches.

Defensive highlights included an interception by sophomore linebacker Tu'uta Inoke and sacks by junior linebacker Nick Dzubnar, redshirt freshman end Colin Dzubnar and senior tackle Nick Leyden.

Colin Dzubnar also broke up a pass at the line and made another tackle for lost yardage while senior linebacker Johnny Millard and senior end Andrew Alcaraz also notched tackles for lost yardage.

Senior Bobby Zalud averaged 33 yards on his three punts and kicked a 25-yard field goal and two PAT kicks. Sophomore Stephen Pyle added a pair of extra-point kicks and a 41-yard punt.

After Ivory's touchdown pass to Petrey, senior safety Alex Hubbard, the holder on PAT kicks, successfully passed the ball to senior defensive end Chris Judge for a two-point PAT.

Held out of the scrimmage due to injuries or illness were offensive linemen Giovanni Sani, Lefi Letuligasenoa and Mike Freeman along with slotback Cole Stanford, wide receiver Chris Nicholls and defensive back Kevin Britt, among others. Junior wide receiver Willie Tucker, recovering from a foot injury, caught one pass Saturday.

The second week of Fall Camp ends with an afternoon practice session Saturday, minus pads and helmets. After a day off, the final week of Fall Camp begins Monday.

The 95 Mustang players in Fall Camp begin preparations Monday, August 26, for the team's season-opening opponent, the University of San Diego. The Toreros finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Pioneer League last fall, posted an 8-3 overall record and have been selected by the league's coaches to win the 2013 Pioneer League title with 56 lettermen and 11 starters returning.

Kickoff on Saturday, August 31, inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium, is set for 4:05 p.m. The Mustangs beat the Toreros 41-14 in the 2012 season opener, also at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

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