Defense Downs Offense 28-10 in Annual Spring Game

Defense Downs Offense 28-10 in Annual Spring Game

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan football team wrapped up their spring season with their annual Orange and Black scrimmage this evening at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

The game was structured as four 15 minute quarters with a running clock.

The scoring system for the scrimmage was the defense started with 28 points. If the offense tied or took the lead, the defense would get three points for a stop and five for a turnover.

The offense's scoring was the normal scoring for a game, six points for a touchdown, three for a field goal and one for an extra point.

The defense won the scrimmage by a 28-10 score.

The game's lone touchdown was a 66-yard scoring strike in the first quarter from senior quarterback Ryan Deal to sophomore wide receiver Christian Nelson.

Sophomore Tyler Fischer was successful on his point-after kick.

Fischer kicked a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the scrimmage for the offense's other three points.

Head coach Del Smith was pleased with his team's performance after the completion of the scrimmage.

"I saw some good things," Smith remarked. "It was a spirited game and guys were flying around. There were no serious penalty issues. It was a solid spring game. One of our expectations going into the game was simply to stay healthy and we did that."

Smith called the Orange and Black game a celebration of the hard work his team has put in during the last month.

"We knew who we were going into the spring game, this was more a celebration of the last 15 practices and work that our guys have put in. We know where our areas of concern are and we addressed many of those issues with our incoming recruiting class."

Wesleyan had many of those recruits at the game as nearly 40 signees were in attendance.

With the spring season now over, Smith said it is up to the players to continue to put in the time and effort over the summer.

"I talked to the team after the game and told them the choices they make over the next three months are going to define what we are on Aug. 31 for our season opener," Smith stated.

The game was played before a decent crowd at the off-campus site at Buckhannon-Upshur.

"We had a great crowd, probably larger than last year," concluded Smith. "I also want to thank the administration at Buckhannon-Upshur High School for hosting us tonight. 

Photographed: Brandon Ford hauls in a pass in front of defenders Tristen Carson (33) and Derrick Butler (13).