Jags hold annual spring game

MOBILE, Ala. – Brandon Bridge threw for 114 yards and a score and Xavier Johnson rushed for 99 more while adding a touchdown, leading the Red to a 38-0 victory over the Blue at the University of South Alabama football team’s annual spring game at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium Saturday.

Bridge completed 7-of-10 attempts, with three gains of 25 or more yards including a 31-yard pass to Jeremé Jones that put the Red in front for good less than three minutes into the contest.  On his next drive, the rising junior found Terrance Timmons in the right flat for a 35-yard pick-up down to the Blue one-yard line, with Johnson scoring on the next play to push the advantage to 21-0 in the first minute of the second quarter.  Bridge was in for one more possession in the half, connecting with Jones for a 27-yard gain, before departing.

Johnson had nine carries on the day, including a 28-yard dash on the Red’s second possession; Trey Fetner completed a 19-yard pass to Timmons on the next play, setting up Kendall Houston’s four-yard score that made the score 14-0 with less than four minutes to go in the first quarter.  Johnson also had a 17-yard gain and a 10-yard catch on a 13-play, 58-yard march that culminated with Timmons’ five-yard touchdown run that put the Red up 28-0 with four-and-a-half minutes remaining before the break.

Houston recorded 41 yards on six attempts as the Red held a 241-3 rushing advantage while outgaining the Blue 405-77 overall.  Timmons led the squad with four catches for 59 yards, and Marvin Shinn also caught four passes for 35 more.

The Red defense was paced by Maleki Harris, who recorded seven stops.  Jerome McClain supplied three tackles, while Roman Buchanan and Jesse Kelley were credited with two apiece, and Jaylan Daniels added five stops with three sacks.

Grant Powell rushed for an eight-yard score with 8:15 to go in the game — completing a nine-play, 66-yard drive that took just over two minutes off the clock — and Aleem Sunanon added a 38-yard field goal as time expired for the final margin of victory.

Berren Tyson rushed for 69 yards on seven carries, with 64 of those coming for the Red in the second half, while Brett Sheehan completed 5-of-11 pass attempts for 58 yards to pace the Blue team.  David Kelley recorded three catches for 35 yards to lead the group’s wideouts.

T’Quan Robinson had a game-high seven tackles for the Blue, with Antonio London and Terrance Slaughter each adding five stops, and the trio of Michael Adcock, Wade Forde and Raheem Robinson supplying four.  Raymone Wiggins had the only takeaway of the day for either team with an interception in the end zone to end the Red’s initial possession of the second half.

“I think we achieved what we wanted to today,” Jaguar head coach Joey Jones.  “We got a bunch of people in the game, after the first half we took a lot of guys out — even after the first quarter some of the starters were out.  Our goal was to get everybody on the field and get a lot of reps to evaluate them, and I think we did that today.

“I thought Brandon threw the ball real well, he had a couple of touchdowns that were dropped.  Xavier ran the football really well, he has shown up this spring.  And it looked like Desmond LaVelle made a lot of tackles.”

The Jags still have one week of practice remaining during the spring season, beginning with a 7 a.m. workout Monday morning.  After sessions on Wednesday and Friday, the spring campaign will conclude with a scrimmage on Saturday at the practice field on campus.

“We want to work on some of our opponents for next year, and there are two areas we need to work on a little bit more — goal-line, short-yardage situations and no-huddle, fast-tempo stuff on offense and defense,” Jones said of the Jaguars’ plans for the week.  “We want to get those guys working against each other at least two more practices.”

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