Football Spring Game ACCtion: Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21
April 21, 2012
ATLANTA - After being held to three first-half points, the White team erupted for 28 points in the second stanza to beat the Gold team, 31-7 in Georgia Tech's annual spring football game Friday night.
"I think we had a productive spring," head coach Paul Johnson said. "I saw some positives (tonight). Overall, I think some guys made real progress. I'm happy we got out of the game tonight without any injuries."
A crowd of 18,125 attended the game, part of Tech's "Friday Night on the Flats (presented by PNC Bank)" - an evening of festivities that included pre- and post-game concerts as well as fireworks.
There were very little fireworks on the field in the first half as the defense dominated, taking advantage of patchwork offensive lines for both squads. Tech entered the spring game missing a number of injured offensive linemen, which meant players playing out of position, and freshmen and walk-ons playing key roles. The defense recorded sacks on three consecutive first-half plays during one stretch.
"I think we had a productive spring," Johnson said. "Tonight was a little hard to tell because we wanted to stay fairly vanilla, and we couldn't do much with our injury situation on the offensive line. We were down to 10 guys (offensive linemen). We had guys playing guard who have been playing guard two days."
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Demetrius Hartsfield finished with 12 tackles, including two for loss and a sack, to lead the Red Team to a victory over the White Squad Saturday in Maryland's Red-White Spring Football game.
The Red Team was the Terrapin defense and outpointed the White (offense) 67-53 in a modified scoring system. The defense could score points with plays such as sacks, turnovers, tackles for loss and drive stops. The offense earned points for long plays, first downs and regular scoring plays.
"The guys had a lot of fun out there today, and they had the chance to go out there and play the game again with their teammates," head coach Randy Edsall said after the two-hour game which had four 15-minute quarters, but a running clock in the second half. "Overall I thought we've had a really good spring. I thought they guys have done a really good job since January, getting started doing all the things we need to do to be better come August [for the start of preseason camp]."
Maryland's offense generated three scoring plays in the game.
Brandon Ross scored on a 1-yard run late in the first quarter, capping an 18-play, 67-yard drive. On the next offensive possession, backup quarterback Ricky Schultz hit freshman Nigel King with a 9-yard scoring pass, finishing a 75-yard drive that included a 43-yard pass from Schultz to Ryan Schlothauer.
Raleigh, N.C. - The 4th annual Kay Yow Spring Game saw the Black team down the White team, 32-7, in front of 24,797 fans at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. The game was structured with the Black team (first-team defense and second-team offense) against the White team (first-team offense and second-team defense).
Mike Glennon completed 12-of-20 for 154 for the White team, while his counterpart Tyler Brosius went 15-of-27 for 184 for the Black team. Tony Creecy led all rushers with 16 rushes for 45 yards, while Bryan Underwood pulled in six catches for 109 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, back-to-back drives by both teams got each squad on the scoreboard early in the second quarter.
Tony Creecy got the scoring started with a 5-yard touchdown run less then a minute into the second quarter, but Niklas Sade's extra point was blocked giving the Black squad a 6-0.
The White team responded with a 3-play, 1:05 touchdown drive on the next possession. Glennon hit Asa Watson on first down for a 74 yard gain, with Watson nearly finding the endzone as he was taken down at the one-yard line. James Washington punched it in from a yard out, giving the White team a 7-6 lead.
BLACKSBURG - The 2012 Maroon-White spring football game scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium was cancelled after scattered thunderstorms bringing lightning hit the area.
The game will not be rescheduled.
"We tried," Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. "Our people were in touch with the National Weather Bureau [Service], and there were a bunch of people involved. There was more bad weather behind this one, and we looked at every situation - whether we could get in a couple of quarters and it didn't look good for that, or reschedule for tomorrow [Sunday], and it didn't look good for that, or reschedule for Monday, and it didn't look good for that. So in the end, we had to cancel it.
"The tough part is that this thing is so competitive, and we'd liked to have one more day to look at backup guys because we're not going to be able to bring back some guys. We're limited to 105 for preseason practice, so quite a few guys here this spring aren't going to be able to come back for preseason practice. But it is what it is.
"I think we've had a good spring practice, and I think we've seen good improvement. We'll go from here, and the next thing we'll be thinking about is Georgia Tech [the season opener]."