ACU wraps up final scrimmage


ABILENE – The ACU Wildcats wrapped up fall camp Saturday night with a scrimmage at Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium and now turn their full attention fully to next Saturday’s season-opening contest against Baylor at McLane Stadium.

The ACU Black team, comprised of most of the two deep on the roster, beat the ACU White team (made up mostly redshirt or true freshmen and backups), 45-3, in front of a decent crowd at the Wildcats’ home venue. But it wasn’t the final result that mattered to second-year head coach Adam Dorrel as much as the fact that camp is over the 2018 season is a mere seven days away.

“We need to take what we’ve done really since we started this thing back in January and put it into the next three days and get ready to go play Baylor,” Dorrel said. “We need to go play a game. I told our coaching staff a couple of days ago that having another week of practice and another scrimmage wouldn’t do us any good. We need to have a game week and go play a game if we’re going to get better.”

A couple of the things Dorrel has preached throughout the spring and into fall camp were how much better ACU had to be both running the ball and stopping the run, and how much better the offense had to be on third downs. Saturday night the Black squad ran for 181 yards and limited the White team to three years. And the Black unit was 5 for 8 on third downs and limited the White team to 1 for 10 on third downs.

Tracy James led both teams with 63 yards and one touchdown on just two carries, including a 59-yard scoring run early in the first quarter for the first score of the night. Freshman Tyrese White carried seven times for 57 yards and three touchdowns, while Billy McCrary had 42 yards on five carries.

Quarterback Luke Anthony was 8 for 11 for 109 yards and one touchdown, while backup QB Sema’J Davis was 10 for 15 for 156 yards and one score. Freshman walk-on wide receiver Kobe Clark from Sweetwater has earned a spot in the rotation, and he had one of the game’s biggest plays when he caught a quick slant from Davis and turned it into a 61-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. He had two catches for 74 yards.

For the White team, freshman quarterback Tucker Horn from Graham was 7 for 23 for 124 yards, while Jacob Urbanczyk caught a pair of passes for 40 yards. Conrad Perry had 15 yards on six carries and Aaron Bunting had 14 yards on nine carries.

“I was very proud of the White team,” Dorrel said. “They were out-matched, but they competed at a high level and helped get our guys ready to go play Baylor.”

Kickoff next Saturday night is set for 7 p.m. from McLane Stadium. The game will be heard on 98.1 FM The Ticket in Abilene and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. Follow throughout the week for more information on the game.

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