NORTH CANTON, Ohio – The Walsh Cavaliers football team concluded spring practice with the Spring Game on Friday (April 12) held on campus at Vasco Field.
The Maroon (Defensive) squad topped the White (Offensive) team 50-49 in a battle between offense and defense. Each quarter provided different situations with the teams preparing with in-game drills.
The offensive units were churning on all cylinders as they totaled 23 points in the first quarter. Nick Gassman connected with Quinn Thomas for two first downs, including one explosive play (31-yard completion). Chad Mirolo capped the first team drive with a 42-yard field goal. The Maroon defense got on the board with a three and out. The next drive saw three first downs, with two of them on passes from Dom Davis. Facing a second and long, Davis lobbed a pass up for Josh Smith for a first down and explosive play inside the five-yard line. Davis ended the drive with a one-yard scamper to pay dirt. The White team led 23-3 after the drive portion.
The second quarter saw red zone attempts from the 25-yard line. The Maroon team gained 14 points on two defensive stops. Morgan Trust started the defense off with a sack on the first drive. The next drive saw the defense gain another seven points as the field goal attempt was off the mark. Xavier Grant gained a point for the White with a first down. Davis capped the first half with a three-yard TD pass to Dillon Smith as White held a 28-17 lead after second sessions.
In the third quarter, the teams ran goal line drills starting inside the ten-yard line. Gassman found Lee Hurst II on a fade in the corner for an eight-yard TD pass. Thomas Wilks added a five-yard TD run before Davis threw a six-yard TD pass to Derek Thomas. White led 34-17 before the defense came up strong on four straight goal line stands. First, the defense scored a safety with two three and outs to follow. Mark Primer had a key pass break up on second down on one drive before the end of the third quarter. Maroon took a 36-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
The final quarter saw a full drive drill along with some two-minute action. The White squad started strong before the Maroon team closed things out. Gassman completed a 53-yard pass leading to a Mirolo 42-yard field goal, gaining the White team seven points and a 41-36 lead. Tatas Tatarunas made two first down throws before he was picked off by Jacob Jacubek. Maroon forced a three and out and followed it up with a sack by Stephen Baugh. Tatarunas took back the lead with a first down throw after a sack by Michael Poole. The drive was stopped by a Doug Taylor sack. Maroon led 48-47 with one drive left. Davis regained the White lead with a first down but two straight sacks from Trey Crockett and Derrian Anderson ended the drive. Maroon's final stop lifted them to a 50-49 win.
The 25th anniversary of Cavaliers football begins September 7th at Duquesne.