Red team fizzles in second half
Michael Bauer | reporter
The White team emerged as the victors over the Red team, 19-7, in the 2013 PSU Spring Football game on Saturday, April 27, at Carnie Smith Stadium.
The exhibition game was played on a rainy, drizzly morning. Team captains divided the football team into Red and White sides.
It was a game in which defense would rule the field, though quarterbacks for both teams got to show off their skills.
White quarterback Ramsey Hamilton had two rushing touchdowns on runs of two and 12 yards, respectively. He finished the day with 12 carries for 63 yards and completed four of seven passes for 48 yards.
Red quarterback Darrack Harger completed five of 17 passes for a total of 71 yards, and one touchdown pass.
“We had some good competition, and luckily, we got through without getting anybody injured,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “That’s kind of the main thing you worry about as a coach on this last day, but we had some guys playing hard and running to the ball well.”
Red took an early lead, 7-0, with
Harger connecting with receiver Gavin Lutman for a 45-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
“Darrack Harger, Ramsey Hamilton and Todd Freeman made some nice plays,” Beck said. “They just need a little time to develop and understand what we’re doing. It takes time. We’ve got to be patient with them. They’re talented young men and they work hard and hopefully, they’ll continue to get better.”
White battled back to take the lead, 12-7, after Hamilton’s touchdowns.
Hamilton’s favorite target was Marquise Cushon. The receiver caught four passes for 53 yards.
“We played fairly fast, our execution wasn’t real good at times but sometimes when you draft teams like that, you have offensive linemen playing next to somebody they don’t normally play with and that makes it a little bit difficult,” Beck said.
Solomon Watkins rushed for 34 yards off of six carries for Red.
The game’s deciding play came off a 74-yard fumble return by Aries Herrion in the fourth quarter that led to a White touchdown to put the icing on the cake.
When asked if the game was an upset, Beck says it was for the Red team.
“They’ve been talking a lot the last couple days,” Beck said, smiling. “White didn’t talk as much. They just listened and took care of business today.”
PSU starting quarterback Anthony Abenoja did not suit up for the game as the Gorillas were looking to give the backup quarterbacks a chance to play.
“We held Anthony out today because we know what he can do and where he’s at,” Beck said. “It was important to get the rest of them some reps.”
Team captains and All Americans Nate Dreiling and John Brown also did not suit up for the game.