Red Team wins spring game
April 18, 2011 —
With snowfall leading up to the weekend, spring may not have been in the air.
That didn’t stop the football team competing in its annual spring game.
The Red Team defeated the White Team 21-0.
Cardinal fans got the chance to look at the quarterback of the future, freshman Jonathan Jennings. While Jennings received playing time during the 2010 season in place of starter Charles Dowdell, the team will be Jennings’ in 2011 with the graduation of Dowdell.
Jennings appeared up for the challenge. He led the Red Team to its first touchdown when he connected with redshirt freshman receiver Jeff Janis for a 64-yard touchdown. The score gave the Red Team a 7-0 lead with 2:47 to play in the first quarter.
The Red Team took a 14-0 lead heading into the locker room at halftime after Jennings hit junior receiver Mike Peterson for a 26-yard score.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Red Team capped the scoring with 3:29 to play when junior defensive end Brandon Williams scored on a handoff from two yards out.
The game marked the final home game in which the Cardinals will play in the afternoon, at least in the near future.
Beginning during the fall season, SVSU will play all five of its home games at 7 p.m. as opposed to the Noon start SVSU fans have grown accustomed to.
Senior political science major Jacob Swider believes the change in time will lead to more fans.
“I don’t think students liked the idea of having to get up early on a Saturday,” Swider said. “I think the time change will give more students an opportunity to make it out to the games.”
The Cardinals open the season Sept. 10 at home when Ferris State comes to town.
SVSU finished 4-7 in 2010 for its second worst season in nearly two decades.