Defense And Offense dominates in Aggies Win Over Mountain Hawks

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The UC Davis Aggies had its home opener Saturday night against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks. The Aggies won the game 41-13. The defense and offense both dominated in this victory.

Recap

On the Aggies first scoring drive quarterback Jake Maier went 8-10 for 60 passing yards and a touchdown pass. The scoring drive was ten plays for 60 yards. Maier missed on his first two pass attempts but then went 8 for 8 to complete the scoring drive. The drive put the Aggies up 7-0.

Later in the first quarter, the Aggies went on an 11 play 94-yard drive, with the essential play being a 53-yard pass play from Maier to Harrell. The drive ended with Maier to Wes Preece four-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown catch was Wes Preece 19th career touchdown pass, moving him up to 10th in UC Davis school history.

After those two drives, UC Davis put up several more touchdown drives to pull out to a 41-0 lead. The Moutain Hawks scored its first touchdown in the 4th quarter with a 67-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Monaco to Devon Bibbens. Lehigh also scored a touchdown on the last play of the game to make it 41-13.

The UC Davis Aggies defense played outstanding in the game; they held the Mountain Hawks only 58 yards rushing. The Mountain Hawks passed for 202 yards and just 260 total yards of offense. The Aggies defense also forced two turnovers, had seven sacks and several quarterback pressures.

After the game Coach, Dan Hawkins said, ” your always happy to get the W, we did a lot of nice things out there, we’re always in search of the perfect painting so to speak, so maybe sometimes as a coach you dwell on those things, but i was happy we played well at home and defended are home turf.”

Key Offensive Players

Jake Maier Quarterback

Jake Maier had an outstanding game throwing for 389 passing yards on 38 for 49 passing. Also, Maier threw for touchdown passes. Maier, on fire all night made a lot of great throws and saw the field well. The Aggies offensive line also did an excellent job protecting Maier all night long; they only gave up one sack.

Carson Crawford Wide Receiver

One of Jake Maier main target was Carson Crawford; he caught nine passes for 148 yards and one touchdown. Crawford did an excellent job getting open and making plays for Maier. Crawford touchdown catch was a beautiful throw and catch on a seam route that was well covered.

On the touchdown pass, Carson Crawford said this, “I saw that number six was lining up over me, he is a great player, and i just tried to beat him with speed and Jake like he always put a perfect ball for me to make it look easy.”

Khris Vaughn Wide Receiver

Khris Vaughn did of his work early in the game, in the first quarter he caught for passes for 18 yards and one touchdown. Vaughn did well getting open on short routes running underneath zone coverage. He ended the game with eight catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Vaughns last touchdown catch was an impressive 23-yard touchdown catch that Vaughn had to adjust to with a defender all over him.

Key Defensive Players

Nick Eaton Linebacker

Linebacker Nick Eaton had a fantastic game; he had four tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Eaton was flying all around the field making plays for the Aggies defense.

After the game in the post-game press conference, Nick Eaton said this about the UC Davis Aggies defense, “we played Davis football, we ran to the ball really well, we played relentlessly, we played for each other, and we played with each other.” “We emphasis sacks, turnovers, and interceptions. That’s what we call the big three.”

Da’Von Frazier Linebacker

Da’Von Frazier is another linebacker that had a strong game; he did well stuffing the run. Frazier had four tackles, and 3 of them were for a loss of yards.

Jordan Perryman Cornerback

Jordan Perryman led the Aggies in tacking; he had five tackles. Perryman tackled well in the open field.

Next Saturday the UC Davis Aggies play North Dakota State on the road. Coach Hawkins had this to say about the matchup. ” It will be fun; It will be a great test, it will be a really good litmus test.”

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