TEAM ESTABLISHES GROUND GAME IN WIN
The Seahawks ran for 185 yards with seven difference ball carriers gaining at least twenty yards. C.J. Prosise led all rushers with 5-carries for 32 yards and one touchdown. While Prosise was the leading rusher Rashaad Penny showed he is ready for more carries when the regular season gets underway on September 8th.
LIGHT WORK FOR CARSON
Chris Carson participated in the teams first four plays in which he carried the ball three times for 23 yards and that was all she wrote for last years leading rusher. Carson’s early exit created an opportunity for Penny to shine.
PENNY SHOWS VERSATILITY
Penny first carry was a one yard gain up the middle. His next two carries were a five and three yard gains. On his next carry Penny was rocked for a two-yard loss on second down. On third and nine at the Charger 11-yard line Penny caught the ball just south of the line of scrimmage and eluded four charger defenders for an eight-yard gain bringing a fourth down and one situation.
The Seahawks called a timeout to discuss which play to run. Penny glided over left tackle for the three-yard touchdown to give the Seahwks a 7-3 lead. Penny finished the game with 8 carries 22 yards and one touchdown.
The often injured Procise had five carries for 32 yards and showed why head coach Pete Carroll believe in the runner ability to run and catch the ball despite the injuries that have hampered is development .
“It was a really good night for C.J. It’s just been such a struggle for him to really get out there. He had a really good week at practice. He looked like that at practice. I don’t think anyone was surprised, we’re just happy for him. So we’ll come back next week and he’ll go at it again and put another week under his belt. Just show what he can do. It just makes that acquisition more solid and competitive and we couldn’t ask for more.”Pete Carroll on Prociese’s performance against the Chargers
EARLY NIGHT FOR WILSON
Another starter who had an early night was quarterback Russell Wilson who played in the teams first three series. A couple nice throw to Tyler Lockett and a couple of scramble runs was all it took for Wilson show he’s ready for the season to begin. Wlson’s early exit set the stage for Gino Smith to impress.
GINO SMITH IMPRESSES
Gino Smith entered the game on the Seahawks fourth offensive series with the Seahawks holding on to a 13-3 lead and engneered a scoring drive resulted with a 58 field goal by Jasson Myers just before halftime to increase the lead to 16-3 at the break. Smith showed his ability to use his feet with an eight yard touchdown run with fifteen seconds left in the third quarter. Smith finshed the game 18-11-for 117 yards and six carries for 24 yards for a passer tating of 80.1
“I thought Geno was pretty efficient. I thought he made some nice plays, did a nice job on the move. I wish we could have converted down there, getting down in the end zone the last time we were down there. He did move the club and I thought he was solid. We got out of this game with no turnovers. We’ve had one turnover in three games and that was that last play in the game last week.
Our guys are really focused and attended to that. It’s such an important part of our play and Geno carried that out again. This was his game with [QB] Paxton [Lynch] not playing. I thought it was nice and next week will be a real mix of those guys. Hopefully, Paxton will be able to play and they’ll battle it out.Pete Carroll on Smiths performance.