The Richmond Register


April 25, 2014

OVC FOOTBALL: White tops Maroon in annual spring game

RICHMOND — The Colonels struggled offensively Thursday in the first half of the team’s annual spring game at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The defense dominated early as three EKU quarterbacks combined to throw five interceptions in the first nine possessions of the scrimmage — one of which was returned for a touchdown.

The offense found the end zone just once before halftime, but looked much sharper in the second half.

Channing Fugate scored on a 5-yard run with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter, giving the White Team a 24-20 win over the Maroon Team. Senior quarterback Jared McClain completed 11-of-17 passes for 139 yards (one interception) and also had a touchdown run for the Maroon Team. Redshirt freshman Barton Mann threw three interceptions, but also had a touchdown pass for the White Team.

The teams combined for six interceptions, with three players from each team coming up with INTs.

“I was really impressed with our quarterbacks in the second half because I thought defense had their way with them in the first half,” EKU coach Dean Hood said. “I like how they stood up and took a punch.”

Things were ugly early for both offenses.

On the second possession of the game, McClain was intercepted by Tyrell Curry, who weaved his way down the field for a 70-yard touchdown return.

After a punt, three-straight drives ended with interceptions. Mann was picked by Theron Norman and Taylor Davis was intercepted by Jalen Rose.

On the next play, Mann was picked off by  Trey Thomas.

After a 1-yard touchdown run by Bo Brooks helped the Maroon Team tie the game, Mann was picked off again, this time by Vincent Green.

Andrew Lloyd hit field goals of 42 and 29 yards in the second quarter to give the Maroon Team a 13-7 lead at halftime.

The White Team got a 31-yard field goal by Zach Burgy-Vanhoose in the third quarter, then the offenses really came alive in the final period.

Caleb Watkins scored on a 3-yard pass from Mann with 11:54 left to give the White Team a 17-13 lead.

The Maroon Team went back in front (20-17) on a 1-yard TD run by McClain with 4:31 left.

With Davis under center, the White Team responded with a 12-play, 81-yard drive that resulted in Fugate’s game-winning touchdown.

Watkins finished with a game-best 48 yards rushing. McClain rushed for 35 yards and Fugate had 38 yards on seven carries.

Devin Borders led the White Team with two catches for 34 yards. Kiante Northington had one catch for 38 yards.

Deno Montgomery led the Maroon Team with four catches for 28 yards. Jeff Glover had three catches for a game-best 72 yards, including a 31-yard reception from McClain.

Jeffery Canady had a game-best eight tackles for the Maroon Team. Wayne Mathews and Jared Bowling had six tackles each.

Brandon Stanley (White Team) had an interception in the third quarter.

“I thought the guys did a great job of putting the team above themselves (all spring),” Hood said. “I just thought the guy’s attitude was awesome.”

The Colonels are set to open the 2014 regular season on Aug. 28 at Robert Morris.

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