EKU spring football game

Running back, Daryl McCleskey Jr. runs the ball against the Maroon team on Saturday in the annual spring football game at Roy Kidd Stadium. 

Eastern Kentucky University football hosted their annual spring game at Roy Kidd Stadium on Saturday. The White team (Offense) beat the Maroon team (Defense) with a score of 48-26.

A unique scoring system was used for the scrimmage, with offense scoring seven points for a touchdown and three for a field goal. Defense scored seven points for a touchdown, four points for a turnover, seven points for a turnover and touchdown combo, three points for a three-and-out, five points for a safety and two points for a fourth down stop.

Offense was able to put the ball in the endzone six times and was able to convert two field goals. Defense ended the game with three turnovers and five three-and-outs.

Offense started the game off strong with three touchdowns in the first quarter. Parker McKinney connected with BK Smith for a 19-yard touchdown pass. This was followed by Jason Lewis scoring off a 22 yard run up the middle. BK Smith scored again, this time off a pass from Austin Scott.

The second quarter started with the offense scoring a touchdown but was quickly answered by the defense forcing three punts to end the quarter and go into halftime with the offense leading 28-12.

The third quarter was all defense with the Maroon team scoring 11 points and not allowing any offensive points. The defense ended the offense’s starting drive with an interception by Trey Mullins. Later in the quarter, the defense forced a fumble which was returned by Josh Hayes for a touchdown.

The offense finished up the game by scoring on all three of their possessions. Dakota Allen ran the ball in to the end zone to start the quarter. This was soon followed by a field goal from Samuel Hayworth. The offense ended the game with a short touchdown run from Alonzo Booth, to bring the final score to 48-26.

The game was highlighted by great performances from both sides, BK Smith ended the day with two touchdowns out of his three receptions. Parker McKinney finished the game 5-for-9 and threw a touchdown pass.

Newcomer Landon Heinberg led the team with seven tackles and one sack. Shane Burks II ended with two sacks.

EKU football will start their season when Valparaiso visits Roy Kidd Stadium on August 29.

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