SPRING BALL CENTRAL: White Wins Spring Game, 16-14
April 18, 2009
NORMAL, Ill. -
Offensive tackle Chris Riley hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Brown on a lineman-eligible pass play with 13:16 remaining in the game to give White its first lead, as the team went on to post a 16-14 victory in the Annual Illinois State Football Red-White Spring Game Saturday at Hancock Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,000.
"Anytime you have an athletic tackle (like Riley) that is a great play to run, but the official said that it would have been illegal in a game because it was a forward pass," said Illinois State head football coach Brock Spack. "So of course the Red team thought they won, but (the coaches) told them (the officials) didn't call it. The guys had a good time. Everyone had fun today."
Riley's touchdown pass gave the White team a 13-7 lead, but Kevin Mazur was unable to handle the snap on the point-after attempt and as a result the extra point try failed. White added to its lead with 2:42 left in the game on Steven Fetzer's 37-yard field goal. Trailing 16-7, the Red team didn't give up and drove the field in 65 seconds and scored a touchdown with 55 seconds left in the game, as Drew Kiel found Dean Eastman on a 5-yard touchdown pass..
"We let the clock run, so the game went by really fast and that's why there weren't a lot of points, plus we are really thin at receiver and in the secondary right now," said Spack.
The White team scored all 16 of its points in the second half after trailing, 7-0, at the half. Brown, who quarterbacked the Red team in the first half, put Red on the scoreboard first with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cliffton Gordon on the final play of the first quarter. Zach Kutch added the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
White tied the game at the 11:33 mark of the third quarter when Brown completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Marcus King. Fetzer added the PAT to force the tie, 7-7.
On the day, Brown passed for three touchdowns, while completing 17-of-26 passes for 225 yards. He put up his best numbers in the second half, while leading the White team with 136 yards on 10-for-15 passing. Neither quarterback threw an interception on the day.
Kiel passed for 125 yards on 8-for-21 passing for the game. He was also more effective in the second half, while leading the Red team, with 91 yards and a touchdown on 4-for-10 passing and quarterbacking the White team in the first half.
Combined, the two defenses forced 13 punts on the day and each team pressured the quarterback. Ray Sankey led the White team with four quarterback sacks, while Bert Whigham posted three for the Red team. Sankey was also the leading tackler for the White team with six tackles and Austin Davis led all tacklers, as he registered eight stops for the Red team.
Geno Blow led the White team in rushing with 66 yards on 12 carries, while Gordon topped the Red team with 28 yards on nine attempts. King finished with six catches for 83 yards to lead White and Reggie Dozier led all receivers with 100 yards on three grabs for the Red team.
The annual scrimmage concludes the Redbirds' spring practice. Illinois State will begin training camp Aug. 4, before opening up the 2009 season Sept. 3 at Eastern Illinois.