April 11, 2009
RUSTON--Louisiana Tech fans witnessed yet another entertaining T-Day Spring Game Saturday as the Tech Red Team took down the Tech White Team 21-0 in front of 3,042 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The Red Team, coached by Sean Fox (1-0), jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first half of action and the White Team would not be able to find an answer for the Red Team defense as White Team head coach Nick White dropped to 0-1 in his career.
"I feel like our team played well, but the Red Team made big plays and did what they needed to do to win the game," White Team defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith said. "Now I know how San Jose State felt after we shut them out last season and it doesn't feel good."
After a scoreless first quarter the Red Team offense would come alive in the second quarter. On a first and ten play from the Red Team's 46 yard-line Coach Fox called on the arm of one of his wide receivers for a trick play.
Sophomore receiver Adrian Linwood took a handoff from quarterback Steven Ensminger for what looked to be a reverse before he then dropped backed and tossed the ball down field to tight end Dennis Morris who made an outstanding one handed catch and rumbled down to the White Team six yard-line.
Running Back Daniel Porter would then pound the ball in from the two yard-line for the first points of the 2009 Spring Game putting the Red Team up 6-0. Porter finished with seven rushes for 14 yards on the day. Senior place kicker Joel Hall connected on the extra point to make it 7-0.
With 1:08 left in the first half the Red Team and Ensminger took a shot down field connecting with freshman Cruz Williams for a 68 yard touchdown pass. Williams ended the day with five catches for 109 yards and the touchdown. Dale Wallace's extra point was good to push the Red Team's lead to 14-0 going into halftime.
"After redshirting last year I feel a lot more comfortable with the game now," said Williams. "The coaches have been telling me I need to work on my post route because I have the potential to make it big for us so I've been working hard all spring on improving my routes and gaining confidence. I believed in Steven (Ensminger) to get me the ball and he made a great throw and it turned out to be huge for us."
Ensminger threw for 115 yards on the day on 7-of-10 passing with one touchdown. Quarterback Randy Hardin, also of the Red Team, went 5-of-11 for 39 yards and an interception. On the White side Ross Jenkins threw for 46 yards on 6-16 passing and two interceptions while Cameron went 8-of-12 for 88 yards.
In a defensive second half the Red Team dashed all hopes of a White Team comeback as running back Zach Booker broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown run with 3:28 left in the game. Hall would add the extra point to remain perfect on the day and making the score 21-0 which would be the final. Booker led all Tech rushers with 15 rushes for 73 yards and one touchdown.
Linebackers Solomon Randle and Dominique Faust led the White Team in tackles with seven each. Smith had four tackles including one sack for the White while Kwame Jordan had three tackles and also contributed a sack. For the second spring game in a row Josh Victorian recorded an interception to go along with his 5 tackles.
Linebacker Adrien Cole led all tacklers for the Red Team with nine on the day. The Red team recorded four sacks today with Ramone Randle being responsible for two of them and Philip Longino and Randy Grigsby picking up the other two. Junior College transfer Olajuwon Paige had a big day for the Red Team hauling in two interceptions to go along with his four tackles.
With the conclusion of spring practices the coaching staff will hit the recruiting trail soon and players will hit the weight room to prepare for the season opener against Auburn at Auburn on September fifth.
Season tickets for the 2009 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by logging onto www.latechsports.com or calling 318-257-3631.