Green Downs White, 50-41

It was Green versus White, alright. Marshall's annual spring football game featured the Greens (first team defense and offense) versus the Whites (second team units) at Marshall Stadium on Saturday. The Green walked away with the 50-41 win...

Marshall's first-team Green unit featured scoring from both the air and ground, and held off the White despite Marshall coach Bob Pruett's adding points on the White side of the scoreboard every time the Green actually scored. Didn't matter. The estimated 6,500 in attendance still got a peek at Marshall's 2003 lineup, one that features more of a running emphasis than in previous years.

"We've got Butchie (Wallace) and Earl (Charles). They're both running really well," said quarterback Stan Hill. That is an understatement.

Running back Earl Charles made his debut with two TDs, one each on the ground and in the air.

The dynamic running duo combined for four TDs for the Green team on Saturday. Wallace led all rushers with 6 carries for 69 yards and two TDs, while newcomer (juco transfer) Earl Charles had his Marshall Stadium coming-out party, also scoring twice on a 20 yard rush and a beautiful 82-yard pass from Hill.

"It felt good," Earl Charles said after the scrimmage. "My eyes got real big. All I saw was green and I took off," Charles laughed of his 82-yard TD catch-and-run.

"He's something special," running backs coach Ernie Purnsley said of Charles' performance. "It is amazing what he's done in 15 days of practice. He's definitely made Butchie a lot better. He's made Tank (Tunstalle) and those guys improve their game. There's no animosity among one another. They help each other, and feed off one another."

The Green-White scrimmage lasted a little more than one and one-half hours, and featured a total of 70 plays from scrimmage. Stan Hill completed 10-of-13 passes for 186 yards and two scores. Graham Gochneaur connected on two-of-eight passes for 64 yards.

"The biggest thing that we did was help develop an offensive line," Marshall coach Bob Pruett summed up. "It was an area where we had to bring some people along."

Quarterback Stan Hill dished this pass off to running back Tank Tunstalle (wearing number 22 due to a torn jersey earlier in the game) during Marshall's Green-White scrimmage at Marshall Stadium.

Adam Black and Jimmy Skinner quarterbacked the White offense, hitting five of 13 passes for 40 yards. James 'Tank' Tunstalle ran the ball for the White team, gaining 68 yards.

Kevin Atkins had four tackles, while Jonathan Goddard, Paul Sinclair and Reggie Hayes had three tackles each on the Green side of the ball. Carlos Morgan, Damarcus Thomas and Lonnie McCowan all had three tackles for the White defense.

Ben Lewis handled the Herd's kicking duties with aplomb, hitting two field goals from 20 and 41 yards. The one lowlight for the special teams occured when Paul Sinclair blocked a Lewis punt and Willie Smith carried it 80+ yards for the touchdown.

The Green-White game ends Marshall's spring practices. The Herd will return to summer drills in early August, in preparation for the opener against Hofstra on August 30 at Marshall Stadium.

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