Gray wins Maroon and Gray football game
By Sparta Live | May 18, 2014 12:00 am
The Warrior football team completed their spring workouts with the Maroon and Gray intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was moved to Thursday due to graduation preparations and then had to be moved to the practice field due to wet field conditions. There was still a good crowd on hand to watch the gray team pick up the 37-16 win.
The gray was coached by Jeremy McDonald and Montuka Murray, along with honorary coaches, Terry Crain and Rebecca West. Josh Hackett and Mike Harris head up the Maroon team. Melea Johnson and Dale Bilbrey were the honorary assistants for that squad.
The game was scoreless in the first quarter, but the Gray broke into the scoring column in the second quarter. Hunter Kline connected with Allen Newport for a 20-yard touchdown pass. Kline then ran in the two-point conversion for the 8-0 lead.
That would be the only score in the first half, but the Gray took a 19-10 lead into the third quarter. That change in score was due to some halftime activities allowing the teams to have some fun. There was a 40-yard dash first by skill position players and then by linemen. That was followed by fielding punts, again by skill position and linemen. The halftime skills challenge wrapped up with a fun drill. Selected players had to spin with the football and then attempt to get off a punt.
Each team won some of the competitions, but the Gray held a nine-point advantage going into the second half.
They were able to increase their lead early in the third quarter when Chris Richmond broke a 60-yard run for a touchdown. Later, the gray team’s Josh Rowan would intercept a Maroon team pass.
On a later offensive possession for the Gray, Rowan’s 50-yard run set up a Richmond 4-yard touchdown run increasing the lead to 31-10.
Rowan would break another long run, this time for a 45-yard touchdown putting the Gray up 37-10.
Late in the game, Jake Shockey got the Maroon’s lone touchdown on a 50-yard run for the final score of the game.
Warrior head coach, Matthan Houser, talked about the spring game, “We accomplished a lot of what we set out to accomplish. We wanted to get guys in different spots and get some experience going against light competition. A couple of guys stepped out and showed that they are ready and capable of playing. Some other guys still have some growing pains they have to go through. That’s part of the learning process. We have a lot of young guys playing and a lot of inexperienced guys playing. We got a lot out of the entire spring, but we ended on a positive note with the spring game.”
As school ends, the football team will take a few days off, but it won’t be long before they start summer work heading toward the season opener.
“We will start back June 2nd and will work out four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) for two and a half hours per day,” explained Houser. “This year is a little different as far as TSSAA rules. We are allowed to throw a little in June as a team, but can’t play against other people. We will do a little throwing, especially since we have such a young group. However, the focus through June will still be on our strength and conditioning. After the dead period is done and we come back in July, things will really pick up after that.”
The Warriors will open the 2014 season at home against York Institute on August 22nd. Four out of the first five games this season will be in the friendly confines of Warrior Stadium.