The Weber State Football team wrapped up its 2014 spring camp on Saturday, April 19 in the annual Spring Game at Wildcats Stadium in Ogden, Utah. The Purple team led by sophomore Jadrian Clark held on for a 20-14 victory over the White team in front of several hundred people in attendance.
Clark got the Purple team in scoring position first with a four-yard touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Shaydon Kehano to lead 7-0. The White team answered on the next drive, getting a 1-yard plunge from Jeff Kidd to tie things up at 7.
After that, it was the Gabe Davis show, as the sophomore wide receiver flexed that Florida connection for which he and Clark are known, taking a hand-off from Clark and bursting through the White defense for a 66-yard touchdown.
That gave the Purple team a 14-7 lead over the Whites and the Purples lead stood going into the halftime break. In the third quarter, perhaps buoyed by an inability to move the chains in the second quarter, the White team went to the ground more often and it resulted in a one-yard plunge from running back Kellen Copeland to tie the score at 14.
The Purple team would not be denied, however, of its win on Saturday in sunny Ogden. A nine-play drive led to a 10-yard touchdown run from running back Zach Smith with just 2:10 to play, giving the Purples a 20-14 lead.
Behind the leadership of quarterback Austin Chipoletti, last year’s starter, the Whites failed to move the football on the last drive and the Purples lead held up for the win. For the Purples, Clark had a nice day throwing the football, going 9-of-12 for 115 yards passing and one touchdown. He also threw one interception and was sacked once. Smith led the way on the ground with 86 yards on 19 carries and had one score. Kehano had five catches for 80 yards and one TD.
For the Whites, Chipoletti went 11-of-19 for 100 yards -- but was sacked twice and intercepted once. Copeland had six carries for 48 yards and one TD and receiver DeSaan Hardwick had three catches for 32 yards.
Weber State head coach Jay Hill, who is in his first year at the school, said there were some bright spots at the Spring Game but some things needed to be fixed.
“We did some good things out there today and had a lot of positives,” Hill said after the game. “We still had some turnovers that hurt us and we still have lots of things to fix. It was very competitive out there and some of the bad habits came back. This game is a good teaching opportunity for us to see where we stand and where we want to be.”
One bright spot on the day seemed to be the Wildcats defense, which on both teams combined for three interceptions, forced three fumbles and limited the offense’s red zone production to just 3-for-5 -- a good sign from a team that lost ten of the 12 games it played last year.