Teal Handles Black, 25-7, In Annual Spring Football Game
The Teal squad put up 17 unanswered points in the first half en route to a 25-7 victory over the Black squad at Coastal Carolina’s annual Spring Football Game, Apr. 5. With the victory, the Teal team earned steaks at the team’s annual banquet, while the Black squad will eat Beanee Weenee at the dinner.
The Teal won the toss, took the ball and got on the board on the opening drive. Starting at its own 30, the team, led by quarterbacks William Richardson and Jamie Childers, drove the 70 yards in 11 plays, capped off by a four-yard touchdown pass from Childers to Jon Greene. The drive was spurred by a 33-yard pass from Richardson to Greene on 3rd-and-14 to give the Teal a first down at the Black 28. Kicker Justin Durham’s extra point was good to put his team up 7-0.
The men of Teal scored again on their next possession. Getting the ball on its own 18 after a punt, the Teal team put together another long drive again controlled by Richardson and Childers, this time going 80 yards in 13 plays before stalling out at the Black two-yard line. Durham set up and connected from 18 yards out to put the Teal up 10-0 early in the second quarter.
The teams exchanged the ball two more times and the clock appeared to run out on a fourth-down sack of Black quarterback Zach MacDowall at the Black 26. However, 1.4 seconds were put back on the clock and the Teal team made the most of it. Richardson connected with wide receiver Jonathan Morgan on a post pattern at the Black five-yard line and Morgan got through the defense for a touchdown as the clock expired. Durham again was good on the point after and the Teal had a 17-0 halftime advantage.
The Black came out inspired to start the second half and put together its longest and most effective drive of the day, going the 70 yards in 10 plays and just over nine minutes of playing time. MacDowall hit wide receiver Trent Usher in the back of the end zone for a two-yard touchdown pass, the third connection between the two on the drive for 52 total yards. James Pallassino hit the point after to cut the margin to 17-7 Teal with 5:40 to go in the third.
After holding the Teal to a three-and-out on its next possession, the Black team took over on its own 30. On the third play from scrimmage, the fate was sealed as safety Dominique Davenport picked off Josh Thomason’s pass at the Black 39 and sprinted into the end zone for a Teal touchdown. The point after snap was on the ground, but Raymond Emmerling alertly picked it up, sprinted to his left and found JoJo Grant in the end zone for a two-point conversion and a 25-7 Teal lead, with neither team scoring the rest of the way.
The Teal outgained the Black 179-136 in the shortened game, with the Black team’s running game shut down for minus-eight yards of rushing for the game. The Teal did post four sacks for 33 yards and recorded the game’s only turnover.
For the Teal, running back Eric O’Neal and Childers led the game with 36 yards of rushing each. Richardson was 3-of-4 through the air for 85 yards and a score for the Teal, while Childers hit his only two pass attempts for 22 yards and a score as well. Morgan had 44 yards and a touchdown on two catches, while Greene also recorded two receptions for 37 yards and a score. Davenport led the Teal team with eight tackles, five of them solo, along with 2.0 tackles for loss for 12 yards and the interception return for a touchdown.
The Black was led on the ground by Chris Smith with one carry for 10 yards. MacDowall was 9-of-15 through the air for 129 yards and a touchdown, with his longest of 43 good to wide receiver Jamar Anderson. Usher led all receivers with eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Linebacker Phillip Oboh had 11 total tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss for six yards, to lead all defensive players in the game.
This concluded CCU’s spring drills for 2008, as the Chanticleers open the 2008 season in their first-ever meeting with a Bowl Championship Series team, traveling to State College, Pa. to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions, Sat., Aug. 30.