PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Running back Michael Jason scored from three yards out to propel the Prairie View A&M Black Team over the Gold Team by a margin of 16-10 in double overtime during the team’s annual spring game at Blackshear Field on Friday evening.
The contest opened with a bang as transfer quarterback K.J. Black connected with freshman running back Spencer Nelson for a 60-yard reception on the game’s opening play. Several plays later, Kyle Matthews booted a 33-yard field goal for a 3-0 Gold advantage. Both defenses stiffened up from that point but the Black team eventually got on the board as the half closed after Brady Faggard’s 36-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-all.
Senior quarterback Austin Nwokobia sparked the Gold’s offense in the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run. Matthews’ PAT sailed through the uprights for a 10-3 lead. Not to be undone, the Black team responded on its following possession as Andrew McGlory connected with Brandon Bell for a 36-yard touchdown to draw the Black team within one point. Faggard’s PAT was good as both teams were tied for the second time in the evening.
With the contest still knotted at 10, both teams moved into overtime with the defenses taking center stage. As a result, both teams were forced to attempt long field goals which were wide.
In the second overtime, the Black defense held its ground on their opening possession as they forced Matthews to attempt a 47-yard field goal that was wide. The Black’s coaching staff relied on its ground game on the ensuing offensive series and rode the legs of Jason en route to the win.
Friday’s contest marks the end of spring drills for the Panthers which spanned throughout the month of April. The team won’t hit the practice field until the second week of August in preparation for their 2009 season opener against Texas Southern on Sept. 5.