SPEARFISH — The White team took advantage of one costly turnover and withstood two interceptions to defeat the Green team 19-13 in the annual Black Hills State University spring football game Saturday at sun-splashed Lyle Hare Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets closed the spring season with a shortened simulated format of four 10-minute quarters, all live kicking, and a running clock until the final two minutes of each period.
The White took advantage of a Green fumble, recovering on the 1-yard line, with running back Shane Brooks going in for the score. The extra point was wide right.
The Green tied the game early in the second period on a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Collin Powers to senior tight end Zane Lindsey. Again, the extra point attempt failed and it was 6-6.
It was 13-6 White at halftime after a 22-yard pass from senior quarterback Ryan Hommel to running back Jack Walbye. The White added to its lead in the second half on a 15-yard TD pass from Tyler Hamons to Brooks.
The final score by the Green came on a 2-yard TD plunge by quarterback Riley Glynn. The play was set up on an approximate 88-yard pass interception return by Cody Hooker to the 2-yard line.
Sam Garcia also had a pass interception for the Green on its own 1-yard line, thwarting a White drive.
Black Hills State coach John Reiners was pleased with the spring finale and the spring season as a whole.
“It’s great evaluation when you can go a live scrimmage in all areas,” Reiners said. “There were some guys who made some nice plays on both sides of the ball. There were some big plays on offense, and there were some big plays on defense.
“I love the way we competed today. We talk about our motto being attack. I thought each one of them attacked the day. We had a beautiful day, and it was just fun to see them come out and have fun.”
The Yellow Jackets open the 2018 regular season on Sept. 1 at home against regional rival Chadron State College.