On their only drive of the first half Freshman QB Luke McHenry hit Jr WR Blaine Anderson on a catch and run crossing pattern good for a 31-yard TD pass and the game’s only score to give the Blue team a 7-0 victory in the annual Blue-White Spring game Fri afternoon at University Stadium.
Anderson was involved in all five plays of the 80-yard drive also carrying the ball twice for 13 yards, and completing two halfback option passes for 36 yards.
Each team had the ball for three drives in the 49-minute, running clock game. The White team had more yardage (129 vs. 125) and more first downs (eight vs. six) than the Blue team.
The Blue team was led by Anderson with 109 all purpose yards (5 carries for 36 yards, 2 receptions for 37 yards and 2 for 3 passing for 36 yards). McHenry completed 2 of 6 passes for 36 yards. Jr Jai “Orange Shoes” Williams rushed 3 times for 22 yards. Freshman David Soto made a leaping catch for 32 yards during the initial drive.
The White team was led by Soph QB Justin Tribble providing 114 yards of total offense on 9-16 passing for 82 yards and 11 runs for 32 yards. Jr Luke Edwards had two catches for 39 yards. Jr Asger Ross had 22 yards (3 catches for 11 yards and 2 rushes for another 11 yards). Jr Mohammed Oonwala had a 14-yard shoestring reception to end the first half. Sophomores Ahoora Razzaghi and Jack Jordan each had a catch for 8 and 7 yards, respectively. Ozan Coskun ran the ball once for 4 yards while Jr Brooks Beckmann had a reception for 3 yards.
Juniors Lex Hackett and Eithar Takesh and Soph Owen Chiou were notably active on defense making big plays.
The Blue team was coached by Jake DeLozier, Brett Houck and Justin Parra while the White team was led by Mario Suarez, Michael Davis and Adrian Rosales.
Head Coach Vince Mesa and Assistant Coach Noah Schierson served as game officials. The game was followed by a well-attended barbecue.