On Saturday afternoon, the West Virginia football team hosted their annual Gold-Blue Spring Game, with the first team offense and second team defense being on the Gold team and the second team offense and first team defense being on the Blue team.
The first takeaway was the the offenses being able to move the ball down the field. Jarret Doege’s first drive stalled, but then seemed to be able to move the ball well, getting his side into scoring opportunities. Garrett Greene had many opportunities to lead the offense for the blue team, and finished with 103 yards on the day. On his first drive, Greene looked very comfortable, throwing a 51 yard pass to Kaden Prather. Will Crowder was also able to find success, as he threw a 65 yard touchdown to Sam Brown.
Even with the offense finding success, the defense was able to continue what it did last year, even with new faces. Jackie Matthews had a key pass breakup, and played well for most of the day. Both defenses combined for six sacks and Avery Wilcox returned an interception for a touchdown. Daryl Porter Jr. also had an interception for the Gold team, this one in the endzone preventing a touchdown from scoring.
Lastly, the special teams seemed to have all eyes on them today. With this game featuring many drills and competitions, the special teams unit got a lot of opportunities to show they are going to be a focal point of head coach Neal Brown’s approach. The day started with a three part special teams competition and featured kickoff coverage, field goal competitions, and fielding punts.
The game ended in a 39-38 win for the Gold team, but if you count just the points from the actual football portion, not points from the drills, it was a 16-16 tie.
Miles “Deuce” McBride also made an appearance, as he participated in the quarterback’s accuracy drill. McBride played football in high school, at Archbishop Moeller High School. During the event, he was able to nail a throw to the back corner of the end zone, and Mountaineer fans rejoiced.
(Photo by Ben Queen)