Fairmont State's defense controlled the Spring Game on Thursday night, winning 40-18 in the annual Maroon-White Scrimmage at Duvall-Rosier Field.
Senior linebacker Garrett Davis led the Maroon squad (defense) with 11 total tackles (10 solo), including two for a loss, with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Jacob Jean-Charles tallied an interception and Jake Kelly had four tackles.
Vondel Bell led the White team (offense) with four catches for 126 yards, including a 74-yard TD reception. Daniel Monroe carried the ball 12 times for 51 yards. Tyler Pate was 7-of-20 for 141 yards and one touchdown. C.J. Hopson also took snaps under center, completing 3-of-15 for 25 yards.
Fairmont State players and coaches said they were pleased with the performance, but admit there is still plenty of work to do.
"With the new coach coming in, things are not too much different," sophomore running back Daniel Monroe said. "He kind of dummied down the playbook. We have a new system. It's pretty much the same plays. A couple things have been tweaked and changed. But I definitely expect some very good things, some very great things. I feel like as soon as we get the offense clicking, the defense looks great. Once we get the offense clicking, then we're going to be a real problem this year."
"I think we're going to be competitive in everything we do," Falcons Head Football Coach Jason Woodman said. "I expect us to play hard and be physical, and do everything right. I think it's something that's going to take a little while to get there, but I think that will be the most important thing. We're going to focus to be competitive every snap."
The game featured a modified scoring system. The offense got six points for a touchdown, three for a field goal, two for a fourth down conversion, and an additional point for a first down.
The defense got five points for a turnover, three points for a three-and-out, two points for a fourth down stop and one point every time the drive stopped.