USM Stages Spring Football Game

A crowd of 11,126 saw the first glimpse of new Southern Miss football coach Larry Fedora's offensive style Saturday night during the team's annual Black and Gold Spring Game at Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium.

What the enthusiastic crowd saw was an explosive offensive show that saw the Black team defeat the Gold 31-14.

Despite the explosion on offense, the defense played well too as they forced a combined six turnovers.

"I thought we played pretty well overall, but had way too many turnovers," said Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora.

Rising junior Damion Fletcher scored the game's first touchdown for the Black squad, an early first quarter score, en route to 107 yards on 13 rushes to go along with six receptions for 78 yards.

Austin Davis added a one-yard run later in the quarter for the Black and John Sablich added a 35-yard field goal, while Martevious Young added a 3-yard pass to Jonathan Massey to get the Gold on the board in the opening quarter.

Davis extended the Black advantage with a 47-yard scoring strike to Gerald Baptiste in the second quarter and Young, who took some snaps in the second half for the Black squad, hit Torris Magee for a 15 yard-strike in the fourth quarter.

The Gold captured its only other score in the third as Massey, who caught seven passes for 42 yards and a pair of scores, tallied a seven-yard reception from Young.

Davis finished the night by throwing for 207 yards on 17-of-23 passing, while Young tallied a combined 28-of-40 with three interceptions and 335 yards.

Bubba Kirksey added seven carries for 46 yards, while Freddie Parham registered five catches for 55 yards and Ed Morgan notched two catches for 56 yards for the Gold.

Gerald Baptiste collected three catches for 84 yards, and Shawn Nelson added three receptions for 49 yards for the Black.

On defense for the Black, Gerald McRath led the way with eight stops, while Tukumbo Abanikanda added five. The team also added four interceptions as Chico Hunter, Eddie Hicks and Justin Wilson all added one.

John Green led the Gold with seven tackles, while Jerome Lyons and Blake Spiers each tallied five. Lyons and Demar Dotson also added fumble recoveries.

The Golden Eagles end their spring drills Tuesday afternoon at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility.

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