Weber State Corner defender Kamden Garrett (18) celebrates his intervention with Purple team-mates Shad Pulsipher (44) and Maxwell Anderson (21) during the spring football match on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.
ROBERT CASEY, Weber State Athletics
Ueber State in the opposite direction Steven Shoats-Thomas (22) tries to escape the capture of line-up defender Garrett Beck (54) during the team’s spring game on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.
ROBERT CASEY, Weber State Athletics
Weber State quarterback Bronson Barron (10) shoots the ball while Steven Shoats-Thomas (22) blocks a follower Raoul Johnson (15) during the team’s spring game on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.
FREDDIE LACEY, for Weber State Atthletics
OGDEN – With an hour of running in the second half, Purple Weber State’s football team did not have much opportunity trying to spend a minute driving to the end of the fourth quarter with the game equalizing 7-7.
But as both teams entered the field on Saturday in what looked like the end of the WSU game to close the spring practice period, head coach Jay Hill gathered the referees and then returned both teams to the field.
“The losing team would have to come on Monday to work in the yard at the stadium. “So I had to have a winner,” Hill explained with a smile.
The Purple squad got the first ball with third-line center-back Creyton Cooper at the helm. In the third and 11th games out of 26, Cooper threw a quick ball into the sideline for second receiver Abraham Williams – the former West High center-back, who went on to attack from the corner defender at the camp – in 3-yard line.
Williams scored the top of the sideline and found the last area for what turned out to be the winning score after Purple defeated Black 13-7 at Stewart Stadium.
Fourth player Brian Harper led the Black squad for two strokes of his extra possession before supposed first-line shooter Bronson Barron re-entered. A set of 16 yards against second-year student Colby Samuels put Black in the scoring position, but, in fourth and 5th out of 7, second-line defender Nuu Sellesin entered the backcourt and recorded a touch bag to Barron to end the game.
The Purple team entered the field and crossed the Black side with a playful celebration.
“I like the energy and passion with which these boys play. “They play the game the right way,” Hill said. “We can build on that.”
Both blows at the time of regulation came in the first half. Although the quarter was only 12 minutes and the clock never stopped in the second half, it was so close to the real match, the team against the spring team that Weber State has organized in many years under the Hill.
Barron threw a 72-yard finish for second-year running student Damon Bankston in the first quarter as Bankston lagged behind secondary while Barron came out on the sideline. This created a 9-yard touchdown run for the little receiver Haze Hadley. It was a type shot behind the shoulder in a small window that required Hadley to stab the capture quickly as it was most for him when he turned his head.
Purple responded with Kylan Weisser at center-back. Weisser threw a beautiful ball in the middle to second receiver Hudson Schenck, who added 20 yards to the ground after about 30 yards in the air for a 50 yards finish. Second gift Dontae McMillan penetrated from 23 yards into the next game to make the score 7-7 in the first quarter.
A series of interruptions followed to complete the first part.
Little center-back Harper was caught by corner-back Kam Garrett. High security Jemaurri Bailey chose Weisser in the last area. Cooper stopped at the gate line, a deflection that ended up in the hands of line defender Simote Lokotui. Top corner defender Marque Collins made a great interception of Weisser on the sideline. And on top of that, Harper was eavesdropped on by the first student camp that invited Noah Nahas from Juan Diego High School.
Hill acknowledged that the attack should play cleaner with fewer laps, but also lifted the curtain on what it takes to install a new offense. Mickey Mental was hired to lead the attack and some of its concepts are different from those that have been run the last two seasons.
So part of it, Hill said, was mixing and matching groups of attacking staff in a way that would not be done during the fall games due to the number of players being held out on Saturday.
Another was the proverbial drinking from a fire hose, from the point of view of the game.
“There are a lot of things at the moment and we would never get into a game with so many shows and so many new things ever,” Hill said. “We need to get better at recognizing all the violations. But as coaches, we knew what we were doing by deciding it all. So now we have to do our job as coaches to improve exactly how these games look as we go to the first game.
“I want them to know it all,” he continued. “We did not want to have half of the offensive now and then we had to put the other half in the autumn camp. It could have been cleaner this spring this way, but now it can be cleaner in the fall camp. We wanted to get them all. It’s a lot and it’s always when you install a new breach. “But we will start to adjust it, we will understand exactly how the staff fits into everything, and the games that best fit the center-backs and the strength of our staff.”
Weisser was 12 of 19 for 137 yards with his two interruptions. Barron threw 14 of 31 for 150 yards and one shot. McMillan ran nine times for 58 yards.
Perhaps the most prominent of the afternoon was the second running student, Steven Shoats-Thomas, a 5-foot-10 second student from Las Vegas. Shoats-Thomas mostly ran downhill, hit the right holes and every pass, except one, was a positive game. He ran 13 times for 82 meters.
“It’s a new violation. We have played a lot of games. “We were not really making plans against anything but trying to get them all in,” Hill said. to these boys another couple of months to learn the offense and remove it this summer, I doubt we will hit the ground running in the fall camp. ”
The cuts also highlighted Weber State’s expected strength in defense: led by a host of experienced defenders.
“I feel good about us. Spring was a great indicator of what we are capable of, “said Collins.” The corner group, we have come a long way. Going into the fall, I feel like we are in a perfect place as a defense, as a group. So we will continue to build the spring and we will soon reach our peak. ”
Next is wine, which is usually heavy for weight and game books. With the season opening scheduled for September 1 against Western Oregon, WSU will open the fall camp just when the calendar returns in August.