Yale Football Shines in Bowl
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Blue-White Game should be called the Offense vs. Defense Contest because the White (offense) had the ball the entire game and the Blue (defense) did not have enough opportunities to catch up on the scoreboard with the scoring system used today. That really didn't matter because both sides made plenty of great plays on a beautiful day for Yale's spring football game at Yale Bowl.
The non-traditional scoring system that was used rewarded both sides for making plays, so the final score meant nothing. The important things to take from today were that the Bulldogs have plenty of playmakers, the starting quarterback could be a battle of two juniors (Morgan Roberts, Logan Scott), there are lots of skilled receivers, the defense is experienced and talented and the Elis are thin at tailback this spring.
The big scoring plays in the first half were Scott's 28-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Rubino and Robert's 24-yard connection with Austin Reuland. Roberts also threw a 31-yard TD pass to Rubino in the second half.
"Our players had much growth this spring. It was evident in their strength and conditioning and how they played today. I was very pleased with the individual improvement of many of our players," said Tony Reno, Yale's Joel E. Smilow Head Coach.
Both quarterbacks ran for TDs from a yard out and connected numerous times with other receivers, including Grant Wallace (7 receptions), who had a number of big plays. While Wallace and captain Deon Randall were making catches, tailback Everett Johnson was getting most of the carries. Kahlil Keys got the start at tailback but Johnson got most of the touches, on the ground and in the air.
Roberts finished with 11 completions and 25 attempts for 154 yards, while Scott was 13-for-21 with 206 yards.
Meanwhile, the defense was making its share of big plays. Linebackers Marty Moesta and Darius Manora and defensive backs Cole Champion and Spencer Rymiszewski seemed to be all over the field. Then there was Roger Kilgore's 25-yard interception return for a score.
"Our team had a great spring," said Randall. "Spring ball was an opportunity for us to learn, develop, and have fun. We did just that. The guys really dedicated themselves to the game and worked hard, which should help us achieve our goals that we set for this season."
Former Bulldog stars representing the 1981 Ivy League Championship team, Greg Burkus '83, Pat Conran '82, Tom Kokoska '82, Fred Leone '82 and John Rogan '82, took part in the festivities while handing out the spring practice awards. Leone gave an inspirational speech to the team, reflecting on his experience and pointing out what the current players have to look forward to.
It was a great day for the Yale Football Family," said Reno. "We were pleased to have the opportunity to honor the 1981 Ivy League Championship team after our game and show our players how the Yale Football tradition and legacy lives on."
Another part of the spring game week is the annual senior dinner. Last Wednesday, 18 graduating Yale seniors were honored at the event sponsored by the Yale Football Association at the Yale Club of New York City. Over 160 former players and YFA members were in attendance to hear Reno talk about each senior as YFA President Pat Ruwe presented each with a Yale Football neck tie. Former Yale football player and founder of the New York hedge fund Hoplite Capital, John Lykouretzos '95, offered the keynote address.
2014 YALE FOOTBALL SPRING AWARDS (Presented by the 1981 Ivy Championship Team)
Offensive Big Award: Luke Longinotti, C, So.
Defensive Big Award: Copache Tyler, DT, Fr.
Offensive Combo Award: Sebastian Little, WR, So.
Defensive Combo Award: Marty Moesta, LB, So.
Offensive Skill Award: Kahlil Keyes, TB, Jr.
Defensive Skill Award: Foyesade Oluokun, DB, So
Strength & Conditioning MVP: Michael Bernardez, DB, So.
Strength & Conditioning MIP: Beau Iverson, OL, Fr.
One Team Award: Deon Randall, WR, Jr.
Every Play Every Day Award: Nick LaTesta, WR, Jr.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
Jack Warhola image - Yale's Foyesade Oluokun, Everett Johnson