The 2014 defending SWAC champs strapped up for their annual Purple and Gold Spring Game at Spinks-Casem Stadium.
The purple team put together a strong comeback in the second half but the gold team came out on top with a 28-21 victory.
The running game was electrifying today with Arron Baker leading the way with 104 yards on seven carries.
Junior college transfer DeLance Turner put the gold team on the board first on a 34-yard touchdown (7-0 gold).
Redshirt sophomore Lenorris Footman connected with Jonathan Hauer on a tipped ball for a 38-yard touchdown (14-0 gold).
The gold team found the end zone again when Footman hit Jalen Walker for a 48-yard touchdown to extend the gold teams’ lead to 21-0.
Senior quarterback John Gibbs, Jr. finally got the purple squad going when he found senior Brandon Vessell for a 15-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 21-7.
Baker scored on the longest run of the day when he scampered up the middle for a 60-yard touchdown to put purple within eight points, 21-13.
Senior Darryan Ragsdale answered back for the gold team by scoring from 10 yards out to push the gold teams’ lead to 28-13.
Joe Price made his return to the gridiron this afternoon and scored a two-yard touchdown for the final touchdown of the day.
Footman completed 5-of-11 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Gibbs was 12-for-23 for 118 yards and one touchdown.
Terrell Williams led the purple team defense with 9.5 tackles while Darien Anderson racked up 7.5 tackles for the gold team. Kylan Johnson (purple team) and Jayron Harness (gold team) each intercepted a pass.