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Ferris football returns in Crimson & Gold game

Photo by: Megell Strayhorn | Torch Photographer
The Ferris football team competes in the annual Crimson & Gold game. The Crimson team defeated the Gold 49-47.

The Ferris football team closed out spring play with the annual Crimson & Gold spring game on Friday, April 20. 

The Crimson team, comprised of offensive players, squared up against the Gold team, which consisted of the defensive players. 

After four quarters of play, the Crimson team topped the Gold by a score of 49-47. As a whole, the team was able to showcase all that they have been working on this spring during countless training sessions. New players were able to show that they will be a positive addition to the Ferris team. 

“I think the sky is the limit for this team,” junior safety Najeem Hosein said. “We’re loaded with talent. Once we figure out how to fine-tune everything, we can be a very dangerous team. I think there is a lot of new guys that can come in and make a huge impact. There are a lot of younger guys that haven’t gotten much playing time as well that can come on the scene and make things happen, especially on the defensive side.” 

After the first quarter, long-time Ferris trainer Dave Lucey was honored at center field. Lucey will be retiring after this school year. Video tributes played on the big screen as former players and coaches congratulated him on a successful career. 

The second quarter proved to be a quarter of pivotal plays. At the beginning, Hosein intercepted a pass by Travis Russel, returning it for a touchdown. This touchdown brought the defense to a 25-9 lead. Later in the quarter, Junior quarterback Jayru Campbell completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Keyondre Craig with five minutes left in the quarter. At halftime, the score was 25-21 in favor of the defense. 

“It was good to play in some nice spring weather and get to run around and see young guys make some plays,” Coach Brad Corpe said. “We have a lot of guys competing for key spots, and days like today are a great opportunity for us to see what they can do in a game situation.” 

The Bulldogs will return to Top Taggart Field in just a few months to begin summer training in preparation for the 2018 season. 

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