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The defense allowed only two short touchdowns to the second and third units - and a 47-yard field goal by Matt Evensen, ex-Franklin High - in Saturday's extended scrimmage. The offense went no-huddle and struggled. Brady Leaf (to Cameron Colvin) and Cody Kempt (to Terrell Robinson) threw touchdown passes. The front seven played well, coach Mike Bellotti says, pointing out defensive linemen Will Tukuafu and Brandon Bair. … 'Their focus and concentration was on becoming an elite conditioned status - to help us play faster, harder and dig deeper,' Bellotti says of his defense.

• Quarterback Dennis Dixon has made strides to regain his early 2006 form, Bellotti says, and his scrambling ability sets him apart.

'He's working a lot on his technique and using his feet … and I've been pleased with Dennis' leadership, his decision-making,' the coach says.