Football's Spring Fling A Grand Success At McGuirk
April 30, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass football's Spring Fling was a grand event at McGuirk Stadium under the lights on Friday night. The Maroon team captured both portions of the scrimmages, winning 33-12 in a combined intersquad game and then 27-2 in an offense vs. defense session. Backs John Griffin (two), Jonathan Hernandez, Jamar Smith and Sean Unterkoefler all rushed for touchdowns. QB Kyle Havens threw for three scores and signal callers Jesse Hunt and Ocatavius Hawkins each threw for long-scoring bombs.
The Minutemen played three periods of overtime situations to start the scrimmage with the White and Maroon teams starting series at the 25-yard line, just like overtime in the regular-season. The first play of the game was the most exciting of the day as the White team attempted a flea-flicker with Hawkins and wideout Julian Talley. On the return from Talley to Hawkins, All-American candidate Tyler Holmes plowed over Hawkins forcing a fumble that was returned 68 yards by Ke'Mon Bailey and a 6-0 Maroon lead.
The White scored on its next possession as Griffin busted up the middle from two yards to tie the game at 6-6. Hernandez (25 yards) and Tom Gilson (19 yards) each hauled in touchdown passes from Havens for a 19-6 Maroon lead.
Unterkoefler bolted in from three yards for the only score in the second period. Gilson grabbed his second TD of the game from Havens, from 25 yards to give the Maroon a 33-6 lead. Griffin scored again from two yards for the final 33-12 in the first portion of the game.
Many players swapped jerseys with the first team offense taking on the first team defense and so on for the remainder of the day.
With the Maroon playing offense, Jesse Julmiste hauled in a 70-yard bomb from Hawkins for a 6-0 lead. Smith rumbled in from the 4-yard line.
The White got in the board as Northeastern transfer Chad Hunte sacked Havens in the end zone. The Maroon wrapped up the scoring with Hernandez scoring his second TD of the day on a 10-yard rush and a 27-2 Maroon score.
The three quarterback split the time pretty evenly. Hawkins was 8-of-15 for 142 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Havens was 8-of-14 for 98 yards with three TDs and an interception. Hunt was 6-of-9 for 140 yards and a TD.
On the ground, Jamar Smith gained 59 yards on nine carries with a TD. Griffin was 13 for 27 with two touchdowns. Hernandez had five carries for 35 yards with a rushing and receiving score.
On the receiving end, Gilson led everyone with four catches for 57 yards and two TDs. Julian Colarusso had three catches for 35 yards.
PASSING: Octavious Hawkins 8-15-156 1/1, Kyle Havens 8-14-98 3/1, Jesse Hunt 6-9-140 1/0.
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