Cameron Lombardo may have carved up his defensive teammates with a pair of scoring strikes, but the quarterback left the Moorpark College football team's third and final scrimmage glad they weren't on the schedule this fall.
"They're good," said Lombardo. "Thankfully, they're on our team."
Lombardo hit fellow Moorpark High product Cheldon West with a 60-yard touchdown pass and Rio Mesa High graduate DeAndre Hutchins with a 13-yard touchdown pass for the offense's only two scores of the night.
Besides that, and a pair of strong runs by sophomore William Franklin, the mock game was dominated by a veteran defensive unit that returns defensive linemen Garrett Malone, linebackers Connor Bernado, Lucas Mandic and Niall Padden, safety Steven Cristobal and cornerback Marquise Mouton and welcomes high-profile transfers Quen Kantaris (Moorpark High, Army) and Cory Elmore (Grace Brethren, Arizona) to its defensive front.
While Kantaris sat out with a hand injury, Elmore piled up at least three sacks.
"Our offensive line has a long way to go," said Moorpark coach Jim Bittner.
The Raiders' sideline included two pairs of crutches and three casts. Two of Moorpark's top three running backs, Washington State transfer Arthur Burns and sophomore Larry Looney, sat out with injuries.
Bittner nearly canceled the practice game in hopes to keep his beat-up roster fresh for Saturday's season opener against cross-county rival Ventura, but left content with the exercise.
"This is good," said Bittner. "We needed this."