coach Mark Peterson couldn’t have scripted a better start to the season.
The Trojans marched
65 yards in 11 plays to start Friday night’s scrimmage at Griffith resulting
in a 5-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Andrew Zimmerman.
“That was a team
effort,” Peterson said. “Louie (Razo) did some real nice things and Tony (Frencl)
had a couple of good runs. Andrew (Zimmerman) took over that leadership role
and the offensive line was good.
“They gave us some
time to throw the ball and gave us some running lanes.”
The offense also
scored during their third time on the field when Zimmerman scored from four
yards out after a 31-yard completion to Gunner Burkhart.
stepped up and showed some poise that we hadn’t seen,” Peterson said. “He’s
really maturing and developing and that’s really exciting for us to see.”
The Trojans rushed
for 113 yards on 24 carries and were 4-of-11 through the air for 74 yards.
Zimmerman carried the ball nine times for 48 yards and was 4-of-8 passing
for 74 yards.
“We did some nice
things up front,” Peterson said of his offensive line play. “We missed a few
assignments, but those are things that can be corrected.”
The Trojans had a
few other chances to score, but didn’t cash in.
“We have to make
some things happen when we have the opportunity,” Peterson said. “We dropped
a couple of touchdown passes. We can’t fumble in key situations. Those are
things that we can control and have to sure up.
“When you miss
those opportunities, they eventually catch up with you. We battled that last
year. We have to continue to raise our expectation level.”
Trojans saw Griffith score five times.
are some thing we have to sure up. We have to look at the film and make some
personnel decisions. We had guys getting reps for the first time in a live
setting and there were a lot of nerves.”
5-of-10 through the air for 152 yards that included completions of 62, 47,
19 and 20 yards. On the ground, the Panthers carried the ball 21 times for
just 59 yards.
“We did some really
great things on defense,” Peterson said. “The front seven did a real nice
job against the run game tonight. We just need to get right in all areas.”