The Weber State Wildcats concluded their two-a-day practice sessions with a 60-minute scrimmage Thursday night at Stewart Stadium.

First-year head coach Jerry Graybeal said he was pleased with the overall tone of the scrimmage."I liked the way everyone came to play," said Graybeal. "It's tough going against your teammates for two weeks, but I saw a lot of improvement from last Saturday's scrimmage, especially on the defensive side. We got a good look at all our special teams. That's what we will be looking at in tomorrow morning's film sessions."

The first twelve offensive plays were all running plays, with senior running back Derek Poole doing most of the work. Poole ended the evening with nine carries for 64 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown in the third offensive series.

"The running game is starting to get some improvement," Graybeal said. "Our offensive line is starting to give them some solid holes to run through. All of our backs ran very hard tonight and made some good decisions."

Starting quarterback Steve Buck completed 6-10 passes for 55 yards. Ryan Webber completed 3-8 for 79 yards. He hit receiver Wes Davis on a 36-yard touchdown pass.

The only other scoring play came on a 35-yard field goal by All-American Scott Shields. Shields also had a 61-yard punt as well.

The Wildcats now gear up for the 1998 season opener on Thursday, Sept. 3, hosting Montana Tech in Stewart Stadium at 6:05 p.m.

NOTES: Starting center Kris Jackson and starting free safety Keenan Gordon did not play. Jackson suffered a broken hand last week and had surgery on it two days ago. He is still expected to play this season. Gordon is nursing a pulled hamstring muscle in his right leg. . . . Starting defensive left tackle William Hawes suffered a slight concussion on Wednesday and will return to practice probably early next week.