Charleston Southern went through a two-hour scrimmage on Thursday morning, with the first-team defense stealing the show during the early stages of the game.
Head coach Jay Mills said the second scrimmage was a different story than the first, a scrimmage that seemed to be dominated by the offense.
"The offense did not come prepared to play early on, but credit the defense because they did," Mills said. "Our first-team defense did not allow a first down. That's a good sign."
The first 20 plays or so were a bit sloppy as the Bucs were penalized three times and failed to move the ball consistently. As the game progressed, senior quarterback A.J. Toscano found a rhythm and moved the team effectively. Toscano finished with 95 yards passing, completing 6 of 9 attempts.
Wide receiver Deon Lee scored on a 24-yard run and freshman running back Teddy Allen had a 1-yard TD run. Placekicker John Paglia hit field goals of 27 and 45 yards.
Senior Andre Trudnowski secured his position as the No. 2 quarterback, completing 8 of 13 passes for 69 yards.
Allen led all rushers with 62 yards on 11 carries. Another freshman, Savon Seward, added 54 yards on 15 carries. First-team running back Demarcus Moon did not participate in the scrimmage, and senior B.J. Hackworth had three carries for 21 yards in limited action.
"We weren't as sharp today, but that was somewhat expected," said Mills. "This team has worked real hard in camp. It's been a hard few weeks. One of the positives is that we came out pretty healthy."
The Buccaneers will have a special-teams practice today and will conclude camp Saturday. Classes begin Monday, and Mills said his players must now adjust their mindset and set their priorities.
"There are more distractions now that the campus is buzzing and classes are starting, so our players really need to focus on maintaining a balance of school, social activities and football," he said.
Mills also indicated that a firm depth chart has been established, as well as the travel squad. The focus now moves to preparing for the Sept. 4 opener against North Greenville.
"Provided we stay healthy, we have our two-deeps set," he said. "There may be some tweaking along the way, but we feel like we accomplished our goals in camp in that respect."