Coach Matt Rhule went to a different format this year, playing the annual Cherry and White Game as offense vs. defense instead of splitting the teams into two sides.
The offense (White) team scored 43 points to 23 for the defense (Cherry) with seven of those points coming on an opening 45-year "touchdown" by Leah Still, the daughter of Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still and a cancer survivor.
Starting quarterback P.J. Walker looked sharp, throwing touchdown passes of 10 yards to Sam Benjamin and 40 yards to Romond Deloatch. Overall he was 7-of-13 for 99 yards.
Roy Wesley ran six times for 48 yards and a score.
Benjamin was named the Most Improved Offenisve Player and defensive back Jyquis Thomas eaned Most Improved Defensive Player honors. Defensive back Will Hayes was selected for the Sam Bresani Spirit award and linebacker Nick Sharga was chosen as the Gavin White Local 215 winner for top walk-on.
Praise Martin-Oguike and Nate D. Smith each posted three tackles and sack. The defense totaled nine "sacks" though quarterbacks weren't live and were ruled down on contact.
Listen to post-game interviews with head coach Matt Rhule and eight players following Saturday's game.
Dissecting the Cherry and White Game
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