Pirates Manage To Get In Half Of Scrimmage Before Storms

GREENVILLE, N.C. -Running backs Brandon Jackson and Jonathan Williams each tallied touchdowns, while cornerback Travis Simmons netted the game's only interception before thunderstorms halted East Carolina's second scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Pirates were able to complete half of the planned 120-play controlled contest, playing through a driving rain in the latter moments before lightning stopped the action for good.

"We were able to get the first half of the scrimmage in," ECU Head Coach Skip Holtz said. "Today we wanted to get an evaluation of our two offenses going against our top two defenses, and I think we were able to do that. Despite the heavy rain, we were also able to get a good number of reps in for our No. 3's as well."

Jackson, a sophomore who led all ball carriers with 44 yards, scored on a draw up the middle from two yards out to cap a 10-play opening possession. Senior Patrick Pinkney orchestrated a near flawless drive against the No. 2 defensive unit, completing three consecutive passes to open the game before finishing the day with 48 yards on 6-of-11 passing.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jordan hooked up with Williams on a 40-yard scoring strike for the Pirates' second touchdown of the contest. Planted six yards behind the defensive line, Jordan dumped a screen pass off to Williams, who broke a pair of tackles and raced to the endzone.

Jordan (63 yards) and true freshman Rio Johnson (39) combined to complete 11-of-15 passes while rotating with the No. 2 and No. 3 units.

Williams was one of 15 overall Pirate pass catchers and one of four who racked up double-digit yardage totals, joining Jackson (2-17), Javon Brumsey (1-17) and Darryl Freeney (1-15).

Junior Dustin Lineback led the defense with six tackles, while true freshman Michael Brooks recorded four stops, including one that resulted in an 11-yard loss. Senior C.J. Wilson (-16 yards), junior Josh Smith (-11) and true freshman Ryan Mahoney (-5) each registered sacks, while Travis Simmons' interception accounted for the only turnover of the contest.

Senior Matt Dodge added a 37-yard field goal in the rain while sophomore Ben Ryan converted both extra-point attempts to account for the rest of the scoring.

"Our first-team guys were going against one another when the lightning showed up," said Holtz. "We had to make a decision on what our course of action would be. We probably could have waited it out and gone back out there, but we decided to call it at that point."

Holtz indicated that the Pirates could alter its practice schedule and complete the scrimmage either Sunday or Monday

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