College Spotlight: ABU Has Fun During Spring Football Game


Teams approach spring football games very differently. For some coaches it's a chance to see who's ready to step up, for others it's about figuring out who's learned the system. For teams like Alderson Broaddus, it's all about getting in front of the fans and having some fun.

"I'm just glad we got out of here healthy," said Battlers head coach Denny Creehan. "Kids had fun, it was a good, clean, competitive game like it always is. We got a lot of work to do. Our press box people have to learn how to run a football game, so this was a good dry run. We'll do another in the fall."

The fun began on Thursday when team captains drafted their teammates to form the Blue and Gold team. Friday was all about playing an old-fashion backyard pick-up game. And boy was it a good one.

"I thought today was really good, lots of improvements on both sides of the ball," said freshman tight end Cooper Schroeder. We had a lot of fun, it was really energetic. Spring practices we're getting better. Each practice we try to improve from last season and I think we have all season, and we ended it today with the game."

With mismatched lines and squads playing together, there was not a whole lot you can take away about the team. But with a young squad every minute of play helps.

"Don't forget we're all freshman. And Next year we'll be all sophomores," said Creehan. "We have a handful of upper classman the rest of them are all sophomores and the incoming freshman class."

On the field Gold walked out with a 2014 win.

The squad set the tone early with 47-yard Isaac Silafau receiving touchdown on the first drive. Then Gold forced a turnover when blue took the field. At the half it was 20-nothing.

Blue finally got on the scoreboard in the third when Dale Carter hooked up with Jeremy Dozier for 6.

Gold won bragging rights and also a bet. Losers had to clean the locker rooms.

"That was definitely on the line," said freshman linebacker Brooks Arthur. "I was thinking halfway through the game, 'oh we're not cleaning the lockers rooms.'"

"It always feels good to get the win," Arthur added. "At the end of the day, that's why they keep the score. Someone's got to win."?

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