April 13, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State football program held its Annual White/Blue Spring Game on Saturday afternoon at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium as the Blue Team defeated the White Team 17-6. The scrimmage wrapped up the first spring practice under Head Coach Lawrence Kershaw.
The game featured the offense (White) against the defense (Blue) consisting of four 15-minute quarters with a running clock throughout. Special teams play was not live.
The defense was able to score points throughout the contest as it was designated a point system. The squad received one point each for forcing the offense to punt, recording a tackle for loss and registering a sack. Two points were rewarded for a safety and three points for a turnover. The three points could turn into six if it resulted in a touchdown.
The White Team held a 6-4 lead at halftime as Antonio Mayo connected of both of his field-goal attempts. The Jacksonville, NC native recorded the game’s first points as he made a 32-yard field goal on the opening drive of the first quarter. He followed with a 21-yarder in the second quarter to put the White Team ahead 6-1. Michael Johnson gave the Blue Team three points just before halftime after picking off a pass on the far side of the field. The interception came with just under two minutes to go before intermission.
“Offensively, in the first half, we drove the ball; but got into the red zone and had two penalties plus a turnover,” Kershaw stated. “Those things you can’t do. We had to settle for six points instead of touchdowns.”
The Blue Team outscored the White Team 13-0 in the second half highlighted by a six-point third quarter. The defense maintained its form in the fourth quarter after adding seven more points to the scoreboard.
“The defense did a good job of keeping the offense out of the end zone,” Kershaw said. “Even though the offense got some yardage they did a good job of keeping touchdowns off the board. I thought the game was well-played. It was crisp and clean.”
The Broncos will open their 2013 season at home on Sept. 7 when they host the Virginia State Trojans at 6 p.m.
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