Idaho Vandals

Offense dominates Idaho football Spring Game

Aaron Duckworth, left, gets around the outside of Elijah Williams during Idaho’s Spring Game on Friday. Duckworth led the Vandals in rushing.
Aaron Duckworth, left, gets around the outside of Elijah Williams during Idaho’s Spring Game on Friday. Duckworth led the Vandals in rushing. Lewiston Tribune

Idaho’s offense carried the night in the Vandals’ annual Silver and Gold Scrimmage on Friday night in the Kibbie Dome. Despite the Silver team routing the Gold 80-10, coach Paul Petrino was pleased with what he saw on both sides of the ball.

“We’ve made great improvement all the way around. I got to see what I wanted to see,” head coach Paul Petrino said. “The score wasn’t as important as people executing where you want them to execute. That happened.”

Sophomore Jake Luton, who ran the starting offense with junior Matt Linehan sitting out the spring due to injury, completed 32-of-47 passes for 591 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Aaron Duckworth ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns, and Jacob Sannon (148 yards) and Deon Watson (87 yards, two TDs) had six catches apiece. Callen Hightower added five grabs for 167 yards and two scores.

The starting defense allowed one touchdown, and the Vandals’ defenders collectively broke up nine passes, had five sacks and two interceptions.

Idaho (4-8 in 2015) opens its season Sept. 1 against Montana State in the Kibbie Dome.

Bengals’ scrimmage called early

Idaho State’s Spring Game progressed through about 50 plays Saturday before thunder and lightning caused a premature end to the Bengals’ session.

Sophomore quarterback Tanner Gueller completed 10-of-15 passes. The ISU defense had three sacks, one pass breakup and one deflection, and head coach Mike Kramer said the group forced “14 or 15 third-down plays.”

The Bengals (2-9 in 2015) start against Simon Fraser on Sept. 3 at Holt Arena.

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