Football Maroon and White Scrimmage Ends in 17-17 Tie
Missouri State's final day of spring football practice provided some exciting moments for Bears' fans at Plaster Field Saturday as Jordan Chiles' 47-yard field goal on the final play of the day secured a 17-17 tie in the squad's annual intrasquad exhibition.
Chiles, a sophomore from Hillsboro, Ill., ended a 17-0 run by the Maroon side and brought his White team even with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter. At that point, head coach Terry Allen decided to bring both sides to midfield and declare the game a draw.
"I thought it was a fitting end to the day with Jordan Chiles' field goal," Allen said. "There were a lot of good things, and it was a back and forth game, so what better way to end the spring than that?"
The White team, guided by assistant coach Bob Montgomery, jumped out to an early lead early on a four-yard touchdown run by Stephen Johnston in the first quarter, capping a 52-yard drive. Brandon Scharf added the extra point to make it 7-0.
That's when Cody Kirby's Maroon team got going, reeling off 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to build a 17-7 advantage. A 36-yard TD run by Kirby capped a six-play, 65-yard drive on the first play of the second quarter, Matt Hottelman made good on a 38-yard field goal attempt, and Kirby connected with Jared Emery on a 21-yard scoring play just before the half.
Emery had five receptions for 57 yards to lead the Maroon team, while Kirby finished 9-for-15 for 95 yards and a touchdown. The Maroon team did not throw an interception, but Kirby was sacked three times by the new-look MSU defense.
Johnston, who finished with 53 yards on nine carries, brought the White team back midway through the third quarter on a nine-yard score. The drive was set up after a botched field goal attempt on a high snap by the Maroon team gave Montgomery's side a 49-yard field to work with, and made the score 17-14.
Coach John Scott then tried to bring the Maroon side back as Kirby and Kingjack Washington pushed their side to the White 15 yard line. However, sacks by Levi Moore and Terian Washington pushed Kirby and the Maroons back to the 28, and Hottelman's ensuing 45-yard field goal missed just right.
Two possessions later, Tyler Horner drove the White side 38 yards on 12 plays to the Maroon 30, setting up Chiles' game-tying field goal from 47 yards out.
Horner ended the day 17-for-30 for 147 yards and an interception. He was sacked four times. Jermaine Saffold, a transfer from Central Missouri who sat out in 2008 in residence, had a game-high six catches for 49 yards for the White team, while Clay Harbor added five catches for 49.
Defensively, Missouri transfer Michael Keck had eight tackles to lead the Maroon team, including three sacks and a pass break-up. Byron Hightower also added nine stops for the Maroon side, Mike Daniels had a sack, and Andre Anderson had the game's only interception.
For the White team, Tony Randolph had eight tackles, including five solos, and Wes Stammers collected a fumble recovery. Montgomery's team also collected six tackles for loss, while Levi Moore, Terian Washington and James Moore each recorded sacks.
The Bears open the 2009 campaign on Saturday, September 5 against the Arkansas Razorbacks in a game to be played in Little Rock, Ark.