(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Defense stood out as the Gold team shined in a 9-0 shutout over the Maroon team in the Walsh football team's annual spring game on a snowy afternoon at Vasco Field. All nine points came on special teams as the Gold team's Logan Gray and Nate Vallee combined for three field goals.
Gold took the lead on its first drive that soaked up the entire first quarter. After a pair of third down completions by Reid Worstell kept the drive alive, Gray connected on a 32-yard field goal into the wind for the 3-0 lead.
The Gold defense followed up and shut down Maroon on its first drive to set up the offense in prime field position on its own 49. Gold eventually drove down inside the red zone thanks to a big run by Riley Arvantis, but the offense couldn't punch it in as Vallee came on and sailed one through the uprights from 26 yards out for a 6-0 lead.
Maroon was forced to punt once again as Gold took over on its own 44, but its drive ended and Maroon's Daizon Earl intercepted a pass and ran out the clock to end the half.
Both teams punted the ball on their first possessions to start the second, but the Gold team caught a break when Logan Feigel recovered a fumble by the return man to set up shop on the 16. Gold's offense was shut down, however, and Gray was called upon a second time. This time he was successful from 30 yards out and made the score 9-0.
In Gold's attempt to add more points on the scoreboard, Maroon's Ramone Elkins intercepted a pass to give his team hope, but the offense couldn't take advantage and a fake punt was unsuccessful. Gold returned the favor as it was shut down on fourth down in hopes of getting a first down to run out the clock.
Aaron Male gave Maroon some hope as he took a screen pass 30 yards to the Gold 30, but Seamus O'Sullivan iced the game with an interception with 10 seconds left.
The football team will close the spring season with its award ceremony Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Barrette Center.