Grid Bears Wrap Spring with Maroon & White Game
April 25, 2014
The Last Meeting
September 18, 2004
SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State football Bears will be in game mode Saturday afternoon when head coach Terry Allen brings his troops to Parkview High School for the team’s annual Maroon and White spring game starting at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and basic stadium amenities will be provided.
The site of this year’s game was moved from the MSU campus down the street to Parkview’s JFK Stadium due to ongoing construction at Plaster Sports Complex.
“I’ll be looking for some game-changing moments,” said Allen. “I think the game should be pretty competitive.”
The Maroon and White game will consist of four, 12-minute quarters of game-action. There will be no kickoffs, and punting situations will be controlled with no blocks and no returns. The game itself will match the first-team offense, engineered by quarterback Kierra Harris, against the first-team defense for most of the event. Harris’ squad will be the home team on the scoreboard, while the second-team offense – and its quarterbacks Brodie Lambert and Alex Lawson – will attempt to score points for the visiting side. Traditional football scoring will be used.
So far this spring, Harris has completed 63 percent of his pass attempts and racked up 288 yards in the previous two scrimmages. Lambert (233) and Lawson (59) have combined to keep pace with Harris’ passing yardage, and have given the Bears a needed boost in all facets of the offensive attack.
“We’re still a work in progress, especially defensively where we’ve been without our two safeties (All-American Caleb Schaffitzel and Mike Crutcher who are recovering from offseason surgery), and all the new guys up front,” said Allen who is entering his ninth season at MSU. “But we have had some big plays and several players who have stepped up at different times.”
Among the bevy of talented defensive standouts so far has been sophomore Dalton Freeze who has an interception in both scrimmages to date, while Eric Greely, Jr., snagged two picks in the April 5 intrasquad event. MSU has three returning starters at linebacker with Andrew Beisel, Dylan Cole and Christian Hoffmann poised to lead a rugged defensive unit on Saturday.
The Bears have 68 returning players, 36 lettermen and 12 starters in camp this spring from last year’s club that rallied late in the season to finish 5-3 in the competitive Missouri Valley Football Conference – tied for second place.
The 2014 Bears will open the season at Northwestern State on Aug. 28 and will host North Dakota on Sept. 13 in the first game at the newly-renovated Plaster Sports Complex.
The facility is undergoing a facelift that will include new student seating, party deck and game-day locker rooms on the east side, along with new turf and a grass berm in the north end of the stadium. New game-day enhancements and pregame activities are also being developed.
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