San Diego State returned to DI-AA Saturday with an impressive win over Loyola Marymount, 34-5. The Aztecs were superb on defense, especially inside their own 22.
“Defensively, we made it really, really tough for them. When they came into the tackle, we got over the ball and poached ball quite often, so whenever they did get deep into our half, we managed to get the ball back,” said SDSU coach Matt Hawkins.
“We had a couple of stands where they were five meters from the line, and we defended for probably 10 to 12 phases, and by the end of that we had pushed them back outside the 22, and then we managed to turn over the ball.”
Hawkins said he didn’t think SDSU’s attack was anything special, but it’s inarguable hooker Jaime Kelm’s day was, as he scored three tries from the hooker position.
“I think the pattern that we’re starting to develop with the guys has a couple of our bigger guys out on the wing, and Jaime has played center in the past and has played 7s with us quite a bit,” said Hawkins.
“He found himself outside there and just ran great lines, and basically finished off what the rest of the team started, but overall, yeah, he did have a strong day.”
Up next for SDSU is Arizona, a former SoCal DI foe. The Wildcats travel to San Diego for a friendly Saturday, and Loyola Marymount attempts to bounce back against USC.