(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh's annual spring game was held at Vasco Field on Saturday afternoon with the Gold squad narrowly defeating the Maroon 29-27. The format pit the offense (gold) against the defense (maroon) in a variety of situations broken down by quarter.
The first quarter had the offense start on the 40 yard line, the second quarter placed the offense on the 25-yard line for red zone purposes, the third quarter was inside the 10 for goal line situations, and the fourth was played similar to the first.
Points were given based on different types of plays made, if the offense scored, or if the defense stopped the offense. Special teams situations took place in between the first and second quarters as well as the third and fourth, but points were not attributed in those instances.
Nick Gassman and Deondre Cook connected on the opening drive to give the offense a quick 7-0 lead with a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Gassman went 3-for-3 on the opening drive with completions to Aaron Hoffman and Isaiah Viator for 11 yards each as well.
The second quarter saw Mitchell Ault find Hoffman on a 12-yard pass for a touchdown to give the offense a 15-9 lead. The offense added another touchdown in the third with a 7-yard run by transfer Dom Davis on a quarterback keeper to put the gold squad up 23-9.
The defense started to shine after that with some stops on the next four drives to take the lead with Ronald Robinson highlighting the comeback with a 20-yard interception return. Robinson was also responsible for a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during the special teams drills.
In his first spring game at the helm of the ship, Head Coach John Fankhauser was very pleased with the way the game and spring played out.
"I thought today we played hard," said Coach Fankhauser. "We had a lot of good effort on both sides of the ball. We moved the ball pretty good on offense. As time went on, the defense stopped us when they needed to stop us a couple of times.
"We didn't turn the ball over except for one pick which was unfortunate, but it's good on the defensive side. Robinson made a great break on the ball. We're taking care of the ball much better. We stayed healthy today, and I'm pretty happy with our guys. The guys are buying in, and I'm really happy with the effort."
Corbin led the offense in rushing with 64 yards on 10 attempts. Gassman led the quarterbacks with six completions on nine attempts for 90 yards. Hoffman was the leading receiver with two receptions for 35 yards.
The Cavaliers will kick off the 2018 season on Thursday, Aug. 30, on the road at Wayne State.