Black Beats White

On a warm sunny Saturday afternoon more than 500 Bronco fans turned out to watch the annual Brown and Gold game at Waldo Stadium. Despite being an intra-squad game the game had a real feel to it with players being evaluated by the coaching staff. The Brown won the game 31-14 ensuring that the member of the White team will be washing cars on Sunday afternoon from 1:30-3:30pm on the ramp of the Bill Brown Alumni Football Center.

Aided by 3 straight defensive penalties, the White team opened the scoring on the first drive of the game. Chad Munson started for the White team and drove 65-yards down the field connecting on an 11-yard pass to Tony Scheffler for the games first touchdown.

The Black team responded on their first possession. Jon Drach started for the Black team and also took his team 65-yards down the field for a touchdown. However, Drach mixed up the run and the pass. With 3 of the 5 running backs sitting out with injuries, Drach had Phil Reed in the backfield to help keep the focus off the passing game. Drach completed his first two passes, both to Brandon Johnson for a combined gain of 14-yards. Drach capped the drive off on a 40-yard pass play to Greg Jennings, who made a highlight reel spin-move at the goal line for the touchdown.

The Black got the ball back after Hal Bates Jr. was stripped of the ball by Scott Robinson and was recovered by Paul Tithof. However, the Black gave the ball right back to the White team when Greg Jennings fumbled the ball after a 3-yard gain. Duane Robinson recovered the fumble.

The White team was forced to punt giving the White the ball on the 33-yard line. The White team drove 67-yards on 6 plays scoring on a 24-yard pass from Drach to Jennings. The White team finished off the scoring in the first half on a 1-yard run by Chad Munson.

The second half belonged to the Black team. With a defense made up of Jason Babin, Tony Carr, Tithof, Robinson, Jason Feldpausch and Kevin Ford the Black team held the White team scoreless in the second half.

The Black team had a touchdown erased when it was ruled that Drach was downed before crossing the goal line. On the same drive Robert Menchinger connected on a 19-yard field goal which put the Black up for good.

Both teams had trouble moving the ball until the 10:19 mark of the fourth quarter. On a play that saw cornerback Ryan Powell hesitate for a moment, Drach connected with Antonio Thomas for a 56-yard scoring strike bringing everyone out of their seats. Drach closed out the scoring with just under four minutes left in the game scampering 12-yards into the left corner of the endzone for the touchdown. The game ended when Feldpausch intercepted a late pass by Chad Munson.

The Black team out rushed the White team 36 yards to –15 yards. Passing was fairly even with the Black team gaining 214 yards and the White team gaining 208 yards in the air. Phil Reed led all rushers with 31-yards on the ground, Drach gained 13 yards.

Drach was perfect on the afternoon completing 11 out of 11 passes for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns. Munson went 18 out of 29 for 187 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Antonio Thomas led all receivers catching 3 passes for 94 yards while Joe Chapple led the White team with 6 catches for 73 yards.

The Broncos now go into their off-season conditioning with a majority of the team staying in Kalamazoo to prepare for next season. Next season's schedule is one where the Broncos will be tested coming out of the gate when they open up at Michigan State. Seeing most of the team staying in Kalamazoo and working out throughout the rest of the spring and this summer to get ready for the 2003 season should be a good sight to the coaching staff.

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