April 20, 2013
White secures 17-9 win in Spring Game
By: David Boyce
Northwest Missouri State redshirt freshman Alex Taylor entered the annual Green and White Spring Football Game on a brisk Saturday evening at Bearcat Stadium wanting to make a play.
Taylor, who is 5-foot-11, 190-pound from Center High School, made his mark on defense. He intercepted a pass and raced over 40 yards for a touchdown for the Green team.
“I just really wanted to make a play out here,” Taylor said. “I wanted to show the coaches I can make a play. Safety is really a wide-open position. Anybody can start there this year.
“You are trying to make an impression, trying to make the bus. You just want to leave it all out there every day as much as you can.”
Taylor’s play was not enough to overcome a strong first half by the White team, which won 17-9.
But Taylor made an impression.
“It was a nice play, wasn’t it,” said Northwest football coach Adam Dorrel. “It looked natural.”
The White team dominated the first half and took a 14-0 lead into halftime. Senior-to-be quarterback Trevor Adams threw a touchdown pass to tight end Joel Gantz in the second quarter for the first points in the game.
“It felt good to be out there,” Adams said. “The first few plays we were trying to get back into things with people in the stands. You try not to pay attention to that but it was a different atmosphere than practice.
“I was pretty comfortable getting back out there. I thought we did a really good job of finishing off the spring as a team. We have summer to keep getting better, and we will be ready to go in the fall.”
The day in general was a great day, said Dorrel.
“We had a lot of events going on as it pertains to Northwest athletics,” Dorrel said.
Indeed. On campus, the baseball team swept a doubleheader from Lincoln and the softball team swept a doubleheader from Washburn.
“It has been a good day as far as the scrimmage goes,” Dorrel said. “I think we got out of it what we wanted to get out of it. We tried to simulate a game situation as much as possible and see which guys made plays and which guys struggled in pressure situations.”
“I thought the crowd was awesome for the weather as usual. That really helped us get the environment we wanted.”
As most people know, spring football isn’t about a final score. It’s a game when coaches look at some of the players who will be stepping into bigger roles in the fall.
It is also a time fans gather and enjoy their team.
The love affair between the Bearcats and their fans was obvious after the game. One fan gave Adams a cupcake afterwards.
“There is nothing like it,” Adams said of Northwest fans. “I am really trying to soak it all in. I have eight months left. The fans here are so special. I thank God for them. Having so many people here was awesome.”
For the most part, Dorrel liked what he saw from the Bearcats. He was disappointed in the special teams. One punt was blocked and another punt was muffed.
Dorrel, though, spent more time focusing on the positive.
“I thought Joel Gantz at tight end played well,” Dorrel said. “I thought Matt Longacre, our defensive end, did a good job of collapsing the pocket a few times. Probably those two stand out most in my mind.”
The next time the Bearcats take the field at Bearcat Stadium in their uniforms in front of fans will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 against Saginaw Valley State.
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