This is the one time each year, when you forget about your age, and your job, and you show up to pick up your game as soon as the doors open. Lucky for me, my kids get it for me each year for fathers day, so I have no choice but to get it, right?
I picked up the game, immediately pulled up Marshall, and changed the names to fit the current roster. I was excited to add Stefan Houston, and Shawney Kersey, Taj Letman, and Devon Smith, just to name a few.
Then it was time to play the game. Miami of Ohio is the first game on the schedule, so it was time to battle the Redhawks at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
I fell behind early to Miami, but came back and took a 14 to 7 lead and was driving right before halftime. Quarterback Rakeem Cato looked outside for Tommy Shuler, Miami stepped in front of the pass and returned it for a touchdown. Cato had two more interceptions in the third quarter, both thrown in the endzone to prevent certain points.
With fifty two seconds to go, Marshall was trailing 17 to 14. Calmly, Cato led the Herd down the field for a go ahead touchdown pass to Remi Watson. The defense stepped up and the Redhawks did not score.
My game play is not very good, so I decided, for the sake of seeing how the game perceived both teams, to simulate a game.
I set it on ten minute quarters and let it simulate itself.
Marshall, again, fell behind early, and actually trailed 40 to 30 starting the fourth quarter.
An 89 yard Cato pass to Demetrius Evans pulled the Herd to within three. Two late Kelvin Grooms touchdowns , the final one coming with 1:03 to go and the Herd trailing by 3, set the final score at Marshall 51, Miami 47.
Cato ended the game with 594 passing yards. Grooms rushed for 99 yards. Shuler was one of three Herd receivers to go over 100 yards, bringing back memories of Denero Marriott, Josh Davis and Darius Watts. Shuler ended with 113 yards, Evans with 147 yards, and Kersey with 178 yards.
My plan is to simulate a game every week or so leading up to the season. Currently, Marshall, in this simulated season is 1 – 0, and 0 – 0 in CUSA play.
Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates.
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