WAYNE – Spring drills concluded on a windy Saturday afternoon for the Wayne State football team as the offense and defense played to a 64-64 tie in a game that used a scoring system featuring points for explosive plays, sacks, tackles for loss, three and outs and more.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcat defense controlled the scrimmage early forcing a pair of three and outs along with an interception from Jacob Byrd.
The Black team (offense) got on the scoreboard with 43 seconds to play in the first quarter on a 10-yard end around from Mason Lee and the Gold (defense) held a 21-5 lead after one quarter.
Using a pair of Alex Powders field goals in the second quarter of 28 and 26 yards, combined with several explosive plays, the Wildcat offense built a 43-34 lead at intermission.
Two special halftime contests, a kicking contest and punt catching contest featuring offensive and defensive linemen, were both won by the defense giving the Gold team a 44-43 lead starting the second half.
The Wildcat defense was solid early in the second half, forcing several three and outs, to go with a couple of sacks resulting in a 61-43 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The offense came back with a scoring drive in the fourth quarter, capped by an Ashten Schmaderer 11-yard run, cutting the defense lead to 62-60 with 4:00 left.
After the offense regained the lead briefly on the final drive at 64-62, the defense recorded a tackle for loss in the final minute resulting in a 64-64 tie to end the scrimmage.
Two quarterbacks played in the contest as redshirt freshman Dilan Krause completed 10 of 20 passes with junior Tavian Willis going 6 for 16. Top receivers were Jadon Johnson with five grabs for 38 yards followed by Kendrick Watkins-Hogue with three catches for 25. Shane Orr had three receptions for 20 yards and Lane VanderWal hauled in two catches for 33 yards.
Top rushers were sophomore Trevon Kearney with 12 carries and 69 yards. Redshirt freshman Zach Coleman added 55 yards on nine carries and Toledo transfer Cauren Lynch recorded 55 yards on 15 attempts.
Defensively, defensive linemen Trevor Cargill and Ciaran Thompsen had six tackles each with Luke Sims adding five to go with a pair of sacks. J’Von France and Caleb Danner each had five tackles while Jacob Byrd had one interception.
The Wayne State College football team is scheduled to open the 2022 college football season on Saturday, September 3 at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota at 5:30 p.m.