GRAMBING, La- A little rain and mud did not stop the Tigers from playing at the Annual Black and Gold Game at the Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
During this year’s game the Black team prevailed defeating the Gold team 7-0.
When Offensive Coordinator Eric Dooley saw the slippery field conditions, he did not want to create an even more messy game by spreading out the formations and throwing the ball more. This created a safer game. His main concern of the game was that no players would get injured.
“I always look at the positive side,” said Dooley.
He then added that when the team travels to another school and if there are bad weather conditions, the team would be better prepared for it next season.
The Black and Gold game standouts on the offensive side were Chad Williams and Chester Rogers. Verlon Hunter and Ka’Jandre Domino also caught a couple passes that Dooley recognized in the game. He also noted the quarterbacks’ performances throughout the game despite the rain.
“I thought that Johnathan (Williams) and Steve Johnson managed the game well with the balls being slippery because they couldn’t do what they really wanted to do,” said Dooley.
Going into halftime, Rogers scored the only touchdown of the game for the Black Team.
The defensive standout players were Arkez Cooper, Henry Taylor and Tyler Griffin for linebackers. Everett Todd, the defensive coordinator also noted that Donovan McCray, Jevonta Williams and Samuel Reese had an impressive game as well. Other defensive standouts were DBs Mika Roach and Shawn Morrison.
It was also noted by other coaches that No. 49 Dre’ Fusiler would be a player to keep an eye on in the upcoming season.
The Tigers will now prepare during their spring practice for the upcoming football season. Dooley said that they will continue to work more on their running game to become a more balanced offense.
“That is going to come with work and that is going to come with chemistry,” said Dooley. “I think that we made some strides to move in the direction that we want to go in, but of course there is a lot of work ahead of us.”