Aztecs Compete in Spirited Scrimmage at Fan Fest

Aug. 18, 2012


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Ryan Katz passed for 218 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown strike to Colin Lockett, to lead the First Team to a 20-8 victory over the Second Team Saturday at Fan Fest. More than 1,500 people came out to watch the scrimmage, which was held at Cathedral Catholic High School's Manchester Stadium.

After forcing the First Team to go three and out on its first possession, the Second Team took advantage by going 71 yards in six plays, culminating with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Adam Dingwell to Brice Butler. Dingwell was 4-for-6 for 71 yards on the drive, including a key 25-yard completion to D.J. Shields on a third and 10 on its own 29-yard line. Dingwell followed with consecutive completions to Jemond Hazely (16 yards), Butler (20 yards) and the 10-yard TD pass to Butler. The Second Team added on the 2-point conversion when Dingwell found Shields open in the end zone, taking an 8-0 lead.

The First Team answered with the final 20 points of the game. The first score came late in the first quarter when Katz found Lockett on the flats and Lockett raced past the Second Team defense for the 72-yard touchdown. The ensuing 2-point conversion was successful with Katz connecting on a pass to Tim Vizzi, tying the game at 8-8.

The First Team took a 14-8 lead on its first possession of the second quarter when De'Saan Hardwick punched it in from one yard out. Hardwick had three rushes for 47 yards on the drive, including a 39-yard scamper on a second and 10 from the team's own 37. The drive ended up totaling 63 yards on seven plays. The First Team, however, failed on the 2-point conversion.

The longest possession of the day between either team came in the third quarter when the First Team used 11 plays to get 55 yards, before Chase Price scored on a 2-yard run. Katz was 4-for-5 for 31 yards on the drive, while Price carried five times for 23 yards. Hardwick added a 1-yard rush. Once again, the First Team was unsuccessful on the 2-point conversion try.

Katz finished the game 17-for-33 for 218 yards, a touchdown and an interception. For the Second Team, Dingwell was 7-for-17 for 68 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while Jake Bernards was 2-for-3 for 11 yards.

Lockett led all receivers with five catches and 104 yards for the First Team, while Brice Butler caught four balls for 50 yards and a score for the Second Team. Tight ends D.J. Shields (41 yards) and Adam Roberts (30 yards) added three receptions apiece.

Hardwick had a game-high 86 yards and a touchdown on 10 rushes to pace the Second Team. Chase Price had 26 yards and a TD on seven carries and Dwayne Garrett added 19 yards on four rushes.

The defense was all over the place, combining for 12 sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Jake Fely stood out defensively with five tackles, including three sacks, and a 45-yard interception return.

Eric Pinkins led all players with nine tackles, while Sam Meredith equaled Fely with three sacks. Alex Barrett added two sacks and Andrew Feaster had four tackles and a sack. Marcus Andrews recorded five stops with a game-high two pass breakups, and Robert Craighead (10-yard interception) and Cody Galea (0-yard fumble recovery) each recovered a turnover.

San Diego State has one more week of fall camp before game-week preparations for the 2012 opener at Washington on Saturday, Sept. 1. That game is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.

Season tickets and single-game tickets are still on sale and can be purchased online through, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Qualcomm Window "E." The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.