OFFENSE EXPLODES IN ANNUAL FERRIS CRIMSON & GOLD SPRING GAME
Leonard Curry Scores Three Times In Visiting Team's 49-14 Triumph
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The Ferris State University offensive units rolled up 56 total points as the visiting team posted a 49-14 win over the home squad in the annual Ferris State University Crimson & Gold Spring Football Game Friday (April 25) evening at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
|Kyle Foster was one of three Bulldog quarterbacks to direct scoring drives in Friday's Crimson and Gold Spring Football Game.
The visiting team, which was made up of the second offensive unit and the number one defense when the game started, built a commanding 35-14 halftime advantage and added a pair of second-half touchdowns to ice the victory. The home team featured the number one offense along with the second defense before players from both units were mixed and matched as the night progressed. A running clock was used in the second half.
"Tonight was encouraging and we had a number of players step up and make plays on both sides of the ball," said FSU head coach Jeff Pierce, who will start his 14th year at the Bulldog helm this fall. "We had the opportunity to look at some players and made good progress overall this spring.
"It is so critical to the success we have next fall."
Tailback Leonard Curry (Detroit/Kettering), who will be a senior this fall, ran for three short touchdowns and redshirt freshman quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) threw for three scores in the contest. Sophomore Tim Hogue (Dearborn/Inkster) tallied a pair of TD's with one coming on a game-opening 74-yard scoring pass from sophomore quarterback Kyle Foster (Plainfield, Ind./Cascade) and the other being the result of a 10-yard TD run.
Foster engineered four of the game's nine touchdown drives while Schneider directed three scoring marches and junior quarterback Eric Grozenski (Rochester Hills/Notre Dame Prep) led a single TD effort in limited action. The three quarterbacks split time running both the home and visiting team offenses throughout the game.
"Our offense was explosive tonight and we had a lot of plays where we gained a big chunk of yardage," FSU offensive coordinator Matt McCarthy said.
Meanwhile, linebacker Bo Buss accounted for the game's lone defensive score with a 92-yard fumble return for a TD early in the fourth quarter. The Bulldog defensive units also recorded a pair of tipped pass interceptions with one coming from senior defensive back C.J. Lee (Lockport, N.Y.) and the other by senior linebacker Kevin Noe (Orleans/Belding) on the home team's first drive of the game. Junior Chad Schoen (Woodhaven/Gibraltar Carlson) recovered a fumble and a punt attempt was blocked as well in the contest.
Schneider completed his three scoring strikes to a trio of receivers in David Johnson (Detroit/Redford Union), Damien Miller (Elsie/Ovid-Elsie) and Kevin Ward (Commerce/Lakeland). Foster threw for a single score while Grozenski orchestrated an eight-play scoring drive in the second quarter capped by Curry's second of three TD runs from two-yards out.
The contest represented the conclusion of Ferris' spring practice session.
"Both sides of the ball made a lot of improvement this spring and now we need to continue making those same improvements in the offseason so we can be ready to go in the fall," said Jake Visser (Coopersville), FSU's All-America senior defensive tackle.
Ferris State will kickoff its 100th season of varsity competition Saturday, Aug. 30, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 2:30 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Tiffin, Ohio. The Bulldogs, who will play an 11-game regular-season schedule, open Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action the following Saturday, Sept. 6, on the road at 1 p.m. (EDT) versus the Ashland Eagles in Ashland, Ohio. FSU's home opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 13, against the Findlay Oilers with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (EDT) at FSU's Top Taggart Field.
The Bulldogs posted a 6-5 overall record on the field during the 2007 campaign, which represented the program's eighth winning campaign in 13 years under Pierce and marks the 13th time in the last 19 years the Bulldogs have finished above .500 for the year. However, the record was recently changed to 7-4 overall in the GLIAC standings, reflecting Saginaw Valley State's decision to forfeit four games this campaign. FSU placed tied for fourth in the conference as the school's final league record was 6-4 following the earned forfeit.