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Skinner, Bradshaw lead Green in final Marshall scrimmage

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.

- In an identical performance from Marshall's first preseason scrimmage last weekend, Ahmad Bradshaw and Jimmy Skinner were the story, leading the Green team to a 23-0 win over the White in the Thundering Herds final scrimmage of the preseason Saturday.

Bradshaw provided 65 yards of total offense (35 rush, 30 rec.) and Skinner threw for 72 yards on 7-of-10 passing with a touchdown and an interception.

"We accomplished what we wanted to today," head coach Mark Snyder said.

"We got out of here healthy and we got to go through our pregame ritual and familiarize everyone."

Hiram Moore led all receivers with five catches for 64 yards.

"Hiram has had a very good camp," Snyder said. "I have been very impressed with him and he honestly is right up there as one of our MVPs."

The Green's Chris Hawkins returned the opening kickoff 15 yards to the 16-yard line. Bradshaw contributed to the Green team's first five plays of the drive, including a pair of 6-yard runs and a 12-yard pass from Bernie Morris.

Once the Green entered the White territory, the offense stalled and was forced to punt.

After a Marty Biagi punt, White team quarterback Derek Devine threw an interception to Donte Newsome on his team's third play of the drive.

The Green started on the White 11-yard line but turned the ball over on downs after Bradshaw was stopped for a 1-yard loss at the White 2-yard line.

With the White on its own 3-yard line, the Green capitalized when Dennis Thornton tackled Paco Jones in the end zone for a safety.

The Green would add to its lead seconds later as Hawkins returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. After an Ian O'Connor point-after attempt, the Green took a 9-0 lead.

In the second quarter, neither team seemed to be able to start its offense. The White team, however, recovered a muffed Chris Royal punt return inside the Green's 30-yard line. But a false start penalty, followed by a run of no gain and two incomplete passe,s left the White with a 50-yard field goal attempt for true freshman David DeFatta that sailed wide right.

Bradshaw tallied 44 total yards in the first half (17 rush, 27 rec.), while Moore caught two Morris passes for 19 yards.

After completing his first three passes of the half, Morris threw four straight incompletions. Morris was 3-of-7 for 31 yards.

In the second half, the Green took its only drive of the third quarter 50 yards capped off by a Skinner 9-yard touchdown pass to Wilbur Hargrove and it was 16-0.

On its next drive, the Green marched 75 yards down the field for its second touchdown of the half and it was 23-0.

Devine, who worked with the Green team in the second half, completed four passes including a 17-yard strike to Shawn Lauzon and a 14-yarder to Moore. Chubb Small later pounded in from the 1-yard line to give the Green an insurmountable 23-point lead.

Scrimmage Stats

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Rushing - Green: Bradshaw 9-35; Small 3-15; Albin 1-3. White: Cabarrus 2-11; G. Williams 3-3; Echols 1-0; Derek Devine 1-(-7); Paco Jones 6-(-8).

Passing - Green: Skinner 7-10-1-72; Devine 4-5-0-46; Morris 3-7-0-31. White:

Beardain 1-5-0-29; Devine 2-6-1-1; Barnard 0-5-0-0.

Receiving - Green: Moore 5-64; Bradshaw 3-30; Lauzon 2-21; Parkhurst 1-10; Shope 1-10; Hargrove 1-9 TD; Small 1-5.

White: Filer 1-29; Cabarrus 1-2; Paco Jones 1-(-1).