White team wins
| Michael Bauer, Sports Editor |
For the second year in a row, the White team earned bragging rights in the 2014 PSU football spring game.
On Saturday, April 26, the White team defeated the Red team, 7-6 in a defensive heavy game at Carnie Smith Stadium.
“Everybody wants to know how it went,” said Tim Beck, head coach. “I’ve always told them it depends on whether you’re an offensive or defensive coach.”
In the end, it was the defensive coaches who were smiling as the game was held scoreless until what turned out to be the final play of the first half when White quarterback freshman Thomas LePage hooked up with freshman receiver Austin Panko on a 47-yard touchdown pass on fourth down.
LePage finished the game going 15 of 20 on passes for 146 yards while receiver freshman Austin Panko had five catches for 91 yards.
Receiver Marquise Cushon had a 30-yard run for White while running back junior Brian Poston carried the ball 10 times for 21 net yards.
The score remained 7-0 until late in the fourth quarter. After a series of disastrous drives by Red, safety junior Alex White recovered a fumble for 53 yards for a touchdown. Red went for a 2-point conversion but would fail to take the lead after Hamilton was stopped on the run.
On the game’s final drive, White safety senior Isaac Maselera made the game-preserving interception, picking off quarterback sophomore Ramsey Hamilton’s pass to ensure the White team wins for another year.
“It was exciting,” said running back junior Jeff Seybold. “I’m really not sure how many series were left but that interception came clutch.”
Hamilton was 7 for 17, passing for 61 yards and one interception, while senior quarterback Anthony Abenoja was 1 for 5 for four yards. He played only two series.
“Offensively, we didn’t score many points, moved the ball at times, but had too many three-and-outs and had a couple turnovers that cost the offense a little bit,” Beck said.
The Red team managed just 115 yards of offense in the game.
On defense, linebacker junior Colby Hall led all defenders with nine stops for Red. Safety freshman Sharrod Ware added five stops and safety sophomore Savoy Santiago placed White with four tackles.
At the end of the game, the White team rushed the field to carry Masselera off in celebration.
However, some key players sat out on Saturday.
Running backs sophomore Dre Holman, sophomore Steven Sullivan and senior Solomon Watkins sat on the sidelines.
“That’s what happened this spring,” Beck said. “It’s a nice thing. Because we do have some injuries, you get to take an extra look at some of the younger guys. It allowed us to do that. There are several young guys that got a lot of reps.”
With the final preparations going into the Gorillas’ 2014 season, Beck highlighted the weather being a positive factor for the football team during the spring training.
“The best part has been the weather,” Beck said. “Last year, I think we had 13 days out of 15 that it rained on us. This year, it’s nice to get out. We had a few mornings that were pretty cold but our guys did a good job of understanding what kind of pace we wanted and how fast it needs to be.”