Offense lights up the field in WSU’s first spring scrimmage

Offense lights up the field in WSU’s first spring scrimmage

In its first scrimmage of the 2019 spring season, the Cougars had times where both the offense and defense shined despite playing in a steady rain much of the afternoon Saturday at Martin Stadium.

Offensively, the Cougars put together eight touchdowns, seven through the air, led by wide receiver Brandon Arconado’s big day. The redshirt-senior caught seven passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns, while redshirt-senior receiver Easop Winston, Jr., had six catches for 56 yards and one score.

Redshirt-senior quarterback Anthony Gordon ended his afternoon completing 14-of-23 passes for 138 yards and four touchdowns. Gordon twice connected on scoring passes to Renard Bell and had scores to Dezmon Patmon and Winston, Jr.

Redshirt-senior quarterback Trey Tinsley did not find the end zone but completed 11-of-19 passes for 127 yards and had one interception. Redshirt-sophomore quarterback John Bledsoe completed all six of his pass attempts for 53 yards and two scores. Bledsoe threw the day’s first touchdown when he found Arconado on a 8-yard score then on the next play from the 10-yard line, hit Arconado again in the end zone.

Arconado was on the receiving end of a Cammon Cooper 50-yard touchdown pass, the longest play of the day. Cooper, a redshirt freshman, finished his afternoon connecting on 5-of-11 passes for 85 yards. The fifth quarterback to see action, freshman Gunner Cruz, completed 5-of-10 passes for 53 yards.

The first score on the afternoon came when sophomore running back Max Borghi capped a four-play, 60-yard drive with a four-yard rushing touchdown. Borghi ended his afternoon carrying seven times for 59 yards and the score.

The Cougar defense started strong, holding the offense to three-and-out possessions on its first three drives. Junior linebacker Dominic Silvels had a pair of sacks on the afternoon while Will Rodgers III, Derrick Langford and Ron Stone Jr. all had sacks.

The lone interception on the day came from redshirt-freshman nickel Patrick Nunn, who wrestled a Trey Tinsley pass away from Travell Harris, ending another drive. The scrimmage ended when the defense held strong on a fourth-and-goal from inside the 10.

Washington State resumes its spring practice schedule Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Rogers Field and Martin Stadium.