MANSFIELD-New Mansfield HC Jeff Hulme concluded his first season of spring football with Mansfield's Black-Gold game on Friday afternoon at Mansfield ISD Stadium. The Tigers who finished 8-3 in 2007, are installing a new I formation offense and they still are a big erratic but there future does look bright as MHS has a strong upcoming junior class. The scrimmage ended in a 14-14 tie.
The gold team started out fast as they scored quickly on a 44 yard touchdown run by the sensational Stepfan Taylor as he weaved through defenders for an impressive score. It looked like the gold team may run away with things as DB Clayton Allen notched an INT to stop a black team drive, however the gold team wasn't able to capitalize. The two teams would trade turnovers in the second quarter, but late in the quarter the black team would tie things up at 7 as sophomore to be RB Damon Bullock scored on a 25 yard run to make it 7-7 at halftime.
The second half started much like the first half ended with turnovers and penalties stalling drive, but the gold squad took a 14-7 lead late in the quarter with Taylor scoring on an 8 yard run. The black team and Bullock struck back early in the fourth quarter scoring for the second time from 3 yards out. The gold team would try to win the game late but DB Matt Shepper picked off a Daniel Green pass over the middle with less than 10 seconds remaining to ensure the 14-14 tie.
Overall, the future looks bright for Mansfield especially up front where the Tigers are led by DE's Femi Awe and Peter Okonofua and DT Phillip Odoemna. The Tigers will rely much more on their RB's led obviously by Taylor, but keep an eye on Greg Suggs and Damon Bullock. There are still questions for MHS on the offensive line and in the secondary heading into 2008.