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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (bceagles.com) – The Boston College football team wrapped up its 2016 spring practice with the annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game on Saturday afternoon.
In a tight battle, the Maroon team topped White, 6-2. The teams were determined on Friday when the Eagles held a Pro-Bowl style draft with seniors Michael Giacone and Kevin Kavalec serving as general managers of the respective teams.
White got on the board early in the second quarter, recording a safety after the maroon deep man muffed junior Mike Knoll's punt. A defender batted the ball out of the end zone, giving White the game's first two points.
Maroon responded with 2:05 left in the second quarter as sophomore Colton Lichtenberg converted a 31-yard field goal to take a 3-2 lead. Late in the half, sophomore Tommy Sweeney hauled in a 31-yard reception from redshirt sophomore Darius Wade, setting up Lichtenberg's 37-yard field goal as the half expired.
The second half remained scoreless as the Eagles played four quarters with a running clock.
In the second half, on his first play from scrimmage, freshman Anthony Brown connected with redshirt freshman Ben Glines for a 35-yard throw, but White wasn't able to convert for its next first down. On White's following series, redshirt freshman Jimmy Martin picked off Brown's second-down pass at the Maroon 49 and ran it back 15 yards to the White 34-yard line.
While playing the scrimmage with two distinct offenses and two defenses, the Eagles were mixed and matched on special teams. Lichtenberg was 2-for-2 in field goals, while Knoll punted for both teams, averaging 37.4 yards with a long of 43 yards as steady winds approached 20 miles per hour.
Wade led all passers, going 13-for-19 for 181 yards. Brown was 3-for-7 for 75 yards with an interception. Sophomore John Fadule (Maroon) went 2-for-4 for 13 yards, while graduate student Patrick Towles (White) was 2-for-4 for 5 yards.
Senior Myles Willis (Maroon) led all rushers with 26 yards on four attempts, while sophomore Richard Wilson (White) picked up 23 yards on four carries. Redshirt freshman Devon Jones (Maroon) had three rushes for 18 yards, while Towles picked up 10 yards on two runs.
Sweeney paced the receiving corps with 57 yards on four catches for Maroon, while sophomore Elijah Robinson made a game-high five catches for 55 yards. Junior Drew Barksdale had a game-long 52-yard catch on his lone target. White sophomore Jeff Smith hauled in four passes for 51 yards, while both junior Thadd Smith (3 rec.) and Glines (1 rec.) recorded 55 yards for White. Sophomore Michael Walker made two catches for 23 yards, while sophomore Troy Flutie (one catch for 13 yards) and senior Bobby Wolford (one catch for two yards) also picked up gains – all for Maroon.
Defensively, junior Atem Ntantang (White) recorded a game-high six tackles, also adding a fumble recovery. Sophomore Taj-Amir Torres (White) added five tackles, while junior Connor Strachan had four tackles and a forced fumble.
Defensive players recorded four sacks: Martin (one for minus-8 yards), sophomore Wyatt Ray (one for an 11-yard loss), junior Harold Landry (one for a six-yard loss) and senior John Johnson (one for minus-2 yards).
In a pregame ceremony, Johnson was presented with the Jay McGillis Memorial Scholarship. The award is given annually since 1993 to a Boston College defensive back who best exemplifies the personal qualities of team dedication and leadership by example, an extraordinary competitive spirit, and personal concern for family friends and teammates.