KENT: Kent State’s starters on the Blue team rolled to a 31-0 win over the reserves on the Gold team Saturday evening in the annual spring football game.
Led by two 5-yard touchdown runs by junior running back Trayion Durham and an impressive showing by sophomore quarterback Colin Reardon, the Blue team dominated.
“We ran the ball better in the second half than we did in the first half, but there was a lot of good things,” KSU coach Paul Haynes said. “But it was a spring game, a spring game mentality without emotions. We’ll play in the fall with a lot more emotion and attitude — I guarantee you that.”
Haynes was referring to a scoreless first quarter in which the biggest offensive highlight was Dri Archer’s 33-yard sprint up the left sideline just before the first-quarter clock ran down.
Durham got the scoring started soon thereafter, his first touchdown run coming with 11:55 to go in the second quarter. His second touchdown made it 24-0 late in the third quarter.
Durham finished with 12 carries for 80 yards and two catches for 13 yards.
“If we get the ball inside the 10-yard line, I don’t care if they know what we’re doing,” Haynes said. “We’ve got to pound the ball in. He’s that type of back that we can do it. We’ve got to get the attitude to do it with our offensive line and him.”
Reardon completed 17-of-25 passes for 243 yards and a 25-yard touchdown pass to William Woods. Just before the fourth quarter, Reardon was honored with the Don Nottingham Award, given to the most improved offensive player during spring camp.
“Reardon did a good job,” Haynes said. “There are a lot of things today that once you watch the film, he can improve on and continue to get better. But he’s a quarterback and a good athlete. He’s a smart kid and it’s important to him. He’s a team player, so he’s got a chance.”
On defense for the Blue team, sophomore defensive end Nate Turhune had 12 tackles and four sacks.
David Fisher update
Senior quarterback David Fisher, who’s battling Reardon for the starting job, watched the game from the media-level patio after undergoing surgery Friday night for an undisclosed right knee injury suffered two weeks ago in practice. Before the game, Fisher tweeted a picture of his teammates warming up and the words, “Wish I was out there.”
At the end of the first quarter, a handful of Haynes’ former teammates honored him with his old No. 20 jersey in a large frame. Haynes walked on at Kent State and played defensive back from 1987 through 1991.
“I didn’t know they were doing it,” Haynes said. “They managed to keep it a secret. It was special.”
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