Defense dominates Black & Gold Game

The Black Team came out victorious in the Annual Black & Gold Spring Football Game held Saturday in Tiger Stadium.Spring games are normally exhibition games in which coaches evaluate what younger players have learned playing in the system so far, while the veterans of the team are refreshing their skills as the summer approaches for camp.

The offensive and defensive sides of the ball scrimmaged before a surprisingly larger crowd than seen in recent years. Without starting quarterback Greg Dillon, the Gold team looked stagnated throughout, as quarterbacks Danny Reyes and Justin Higgins couldn’t seem to get rhythm going in the first half of game.

The Black unit racked up quick points early on by forcing repeated three and outs, setting an aggressive tone with the offense. It was great weather for football as the student body came out to show support as the game capped off GSU’s Tiger Fest week.
The defense was fluid. Any time the offense would seem to be finding its groove in executing, something would go astray.
Penalties, fumbled snaps, bad passes, and drops all contributed to the offenses’ inactivity, as both quarterbacks alternated after a certain number of snaps.

The Gold unit finally put together a good drive that would have otherwise stalled until wide receiver Kiare Thompson took a slant pass deep into the red zone, which set up an impressive 15 yard touchdown run by Frank Warren.

But much of the same was seen throughout the game from the offense as the passing game was mostly ineffective. A second and final touchdown was scored by receiver Damian Jefferson.
The final score was Black Team 31, Gold Team 14.