The Score Doesn't Matter

In Saturday's A-Day game, much as in a round of golf for a 30-handicapper, the most important thing was that no one was seriously injured.

The box score passed out by the UA media relations office indicated the score was something along the lines of 17-3 in favor of the White team.

The true final score, however, was 12-8, as in 12 points for Alabama receiver DJ Hall, and eight points for placekicker Jamie Christensen.

Christensen was two for two on field goals of 43 and 50 yards. He also hit two extra points.

DJ Hall had touchdown receptions of 33 and 50 yards. Hall was voted unanimously as the Dixie Howell MVP of the A-Day game. His reception at the 23-yard line, and subsequent scamper across the width of the field into the corner of the end zone sealed the award just before halftime.

That was Hall's second TD. Wilson's 50-yard pitch to Hall capped a nine-play, 74 yard drive.

"He underthrew it and I just went back for it," Hall said of the play. "I think Simeon (Castille, in coverage,) kept running and then I had some great blocks to get into the end zone."

Hall's first touchdown catch of the afternoon also came at the expense of Castille, on a streak down the right sideline and a connecting pass from John Parker Wilson. Castille tried to break the play up, and was charged with a 15-yard personal foul facemask in the process.

John Parker Wilson had a mixed performance, two touchdown passes and two interceptions.

"Too many interceptions," Wilson said. "That puts a sour taste in my mouth, but I think we did good. Wallace (Gilberry) was saying it was a sack, but I don't think it was (the players were playing two-hand tag on the quarterback.)"

Wilson had 244 yards on 21 of 31 passing.

The offense went for it on fourth down more than it would in a normal game, accounting for less scoring. The first drive for Wilson's offense stalled out at the plus-39 yard line after eight plays.

The second-string offense got down to the plus-40 yard line, but picked up six more yards on fourth-and-10 ending its first drive. Jimmy Barnes had 95 yards on 12 of 22 passing on the day. He threw two picks.

Wilson's offense went 40 yards on its second drive, but stalled out at the 25.

Bryan Kilpatrick got one of two interceptions of the day on the ensuing drive. He picked off Jimmy Barnes and Jimmy Johns (on a halfback pass) Saturday.

The first score of the day came off Kilpatrick's interception and 20 yard return. The first offense didn't manage a first down, but taking over in good position led to a Christensen field goal.

Kilpatrick's second intercpetion came five plays after the first.

Johns tried two halfback passes Saturday and niether was successful. One was an attempted quarterback throwback to Wilson.

"Man, I was wide open," Wilson said. "We had talked about that play and Coach was like, 'No, we're not going to put that in.' I told Jimmy afterwards I thought he played quarterback in high school, but I guess he didn't."

There were a couple of chance encounters between the Castille brothers that served as highlights. The first, on a 13-yard run by Tim, ended in Simeon getting the better of his older bro in the collision. Tim jumped up in his brother's face to show him it didn't hurt.

Andrew Friedman attempted one field goal, a 46-yarder into the wind that came up short.

A couple of defensive players could've gotten in on the scoring action if not for a quick whistle. Rashad Johnson intercepted a Wilson pass eight yards deep in the end zone and had a head of steam as he outstripped the rest of the players on the field toward the opposite goal line. Wilson, however, came running over and slid in front of Johnson to draw the whistle.

Later, Sam Burnthall picked Wilson around the 20-yard line and had 80 yards of green grass in front of him when the whistle was blown.

The scrimmage ended in interesting fashion, with John Parker Wilson taking a knee to drain the final seconds off the clock.

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