April 25, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd football team wrapped up spring practice with the annual Green and White game Saturday and the white came away with a dominant 31-8 victory over the green in front of 8,436 fans at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
The white team was stout from the start, scoring the first 23 points of the contest. Redshirt freshman Martin Ward led the way for the white, rushing for 110 yards on 22 carries. Following a scoreless opening quarter, Ward found the end zone with 3:30 remaining in the second.
A turnover by the green team with just over a minute remaining led to another white score. This time, Tyler Warner kicked a 30-yard field goal to put the white up 10-0 at halftime.
The only scoring in the third quarter came in the form of a Brian Anderson touchdown pass to Antavious Wilson from ten yards out. Midway through the final quarter, junior quarterback Press Taylor put the white team up 24-0, completing a 17-yard pass to Ashton Hall, who made a spectacular catch to finish off the play.
With four minutes remaining in the game, the green team found its way onto the scoreboard on the strength of a Jordan Taylor touchdown. The redshirt freshman found his way into the end zone from two yards out. Forced to go for two points, the green team put defensive end Albert McClellan in the backfield. McClellan bullied his way through the lines for the successful conversion.
The white team put the finishing touch on the game, recovering a fumble in the end zone to make it a 31-8 final.
Junior Jake Laudenslayer of the green team was the leading passer on the day, throwing for 78 yards. Brian Anderson was solid, passing for 74 yards on eight completions, including a touchdown.
Bryant Milligan was the top receiver, catching four balls for 57 yards. Tight end Cody Slate led the white team with 47 yards.
Sophomore middle linebacker Tyson Gale registered 10 tackles in the game. James Burkes recorded a sack in the endzone and John Jacobs and D.J. Wingate recorded interceptions.
The undefeated 1999 team, which went 13-0 on its way to a No. 10 ranking, was honored at halftime. Several members of the team, including Chad Pennington, Chris Massey, Chris Crocker, Nceate Poole, Jason Starkey, John Grace, Rogers Beckett and Steve Sciullo were on hand for the celebration. Marshall also welcomed home nearly 200 football alums for the game, including members of the 1971 Young Thundering Herd.