Gold Defeats Blue, 10-0, In ETSU Football Spring Game

Saturday, April 21, 2001

Johnson City, Tenn. -- Freshman quarterback Dashannon Gamble connected with junior Mike Rader for a 33-yard touchdown pass to lead the Gold squad to a 10-0 win against the Blue squad in East Tennessee States annual spring game.

The Gold squad, which featured the Bucs No. 1 defense and No. 2 offense, was led by Gambles arm and legs. He went 3-5 for 67 yards through the air, while gaining 79 yards on the ground, including a 47-yard scamper that set up the Gold deep in Blue territory with four minutes to play in the first quarter. On first and goal, Blues Montreal Harkley made a leaping interception in the endzone to keep the game scoreless.

Gamble and the Gold would not be denied and scored the games lone touchdown at 6:05 of the second quarter. Gamble lofted his pass deep down the right sideline where Rader made a diving catch. Wes Sands added the extra point to give Gold a 7-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Gold team added a 26-yard field goal >from Sands to complete the scoring. The Blue squad, which featured ETSUs No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense, excited the crowd with a 32-yard endzone connection from Matt Wilhjelm to Charvin Clark as the final buzzer sounded. Unfortunately for Blue, Wilhjelm was past the line of scrimmage when he threw the bomb.

The game completes ETSU football's spring season.

Passing:

BLUE --
Matt Wilhjelm 8-15, 55 yards; Jatavis Sanders 2-7, 9 yards; Dashannon Gamble 2-4, 7 yards, 1 Int.

GOLD --
Dashannon Gamble 3-5, 67 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int.; Jatavis Sanders 3-5, 15 yards.

Receiving:

BLUE --
Charvin Clark 5-39 yards; Andrew Nuckolls 2-8 yards; Cecil Moore 2-5 yards; Corey Carter 1-12 yards; Mike Rader 1-6 yards; Allen Johnson 1-1 yard.

GOLD --
Mike Rader 4-51 yards, 1 TD; Nick Spearman 2-31 yards.

Rushing:

BLUE --
Corey Carter 5-44 yards; Scott Carter 4-30 yards; Dashannon Gamble 4-12 yards; Matt Wilhjelm 4- -1 yard; Jatavis Sanders 3-0 yards; Andrew Nuckolls 1-1 yard; Jermaine Gamble 1-1 yard.

GOLD --
Dashannon Gamble 9-79 yards; Ahmad Ashkar 8-5 yards; Nick Spearman 6-25 yards; Jatavis Sanders 6-21 yards; Caleb Musser 1-5 yards; Team 1- -1 yard.

Defense Leaders:

BLUE --
Jamal Rocke 12 tackles, 2 tfl, 1.5 sack; Frank Hopper 7 tackles; Jimmy Martin 6 tackles, 1 sack; John Boggs 5 tackles; Austin Smily 5 tackles, 1pbu, Troy Carter 4 tackles; Montreal Harkley 2 tackles, 1 Int.

GOLD --
Travis Williams 8 tackles, 1 tfl, 1.5 sacks; Mike Cornegay 6 tackles, 2 tfl; Allen Davis 4 tackles, 1 pbu; Ocasio Cofield 3 tackles, 1 pbu; Brandon Calton 3 tackles, 2 pbu; Scott Brumet 2 tackles, 1 Int.

Statistics Note:
Quarterbacks Jatavis Sanders and Dashannon Gamble switched teams for the second half. Their totals for the game are:

Gamble -- 5-9, 74 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int.; 13-91 yards rushing.
Sanders -- 5-12, 24 yards; 9-21 yards rushing.

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