The White team won, 27-21, quite simply because it scored first and last. Mark Wise opened the scoring with a 30-yard run on his team’s second possession, and another veteran Red Devil runner, Kris Holmes, returned the favor with a five-yard score on the final play of the first quarter.
Four quarterbacks – Cam Nichols and Konnor Richardson for the White, Taylor Bailey and Parker Duncan for the Red – split time, more or less equally.
“They all did good things,” Webb said. ‘They all do different things well for us. They’re all good athletes. Konnor has a big body, and you could see his playmaking ability there at the end. Taylor is as athletic as anybody, throws the ball well. Cam knows the game. He’s got a mind for it. Parker is a heck of a football player who is probably going to play more on defense than he does quarterback. Those guys all did a good job.”
Nichols hit Jeremiah Boyd for a 22-yard touchdown, putting the White ahead 14-7.
The teams went to halftime tied after Wise picked up a Richardson fumble and raced 75 yards to the end zone for the Red.
Richardson bounced back quickly, hitting Elijah Campbell for an 87-yard score. Luke Mann, who kicked for both teams, missed one of his five placements (and a 37-yard field goal attempt). This was the one. The White led 20-14, but a 70-yard Zay Bennett touchdown gave the Red its only lead, 21-20.
In the fourth quarter, A.J. Peake won the game – and made Mann more popular on the White sideline – with a pick-six. Yes, he split the uprights, giving the White its 27.
“It was fun watching them compete. We did a lot of good things and, clearly, a lot of things we’ve got to get better at. That’s expected,” Webb said.
Asked about the defense, he added, “In the spring, sometimes it’s hard to grasp what we’re seeing as coaches. I thought our guys up front played well. The secondary played pretty well. We tackled well. We’ve got a lot of guys up front on defense who we’ve got to replace, but we’ve got a lot of guys capable of doing that.”
Webb singled out the play of Jeremiah Boyd, Ty Priestley, and two young backs, Greg Sanders and Darian Bailey.