April 23, 2005

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Columbus, Ohio – The Gray capitalized on two Scarlet turnovers to take a 13-0 halftime lead over the Scarlet and held on for a 19-6 victory Saturday in the 2005 Ohio State Spring Game. Nearly 23,000 attended the scrimmage that was played in unusually cold and wet conditions in Ohio Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Gray posted 13 points in the second period converting two Scarlet fumbles and a deflected punt into a touchdown and a pair of field goals. With nearly nine minutes to play in the first half, the Gray deflected a punt by Scarlet’s Tyson Gentry (Fr., Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins). The Gray took over at its own 46-yard line and sophomore Antonio Pittman (So., Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) accounted for 22 of the 28 yards in the drive that led to a 43-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Jonathan Skeete (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) with 7:18 to play in the half. On its next possession, the Gray turned another punting miscue into seven points. Gray defensive back Ashton Youboty (Jr., Klein, Texas/Klein) caused a fumble by Gentry and teammate Kyle Ruhl (Fr., Powell, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) recovered at the 6-yard line. From there, Gray quarterback Todd Boeckman (Fr., St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry) connected with sophomore receiver Anthony Gonzalez (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) for a 5-yard scoring strike on second down. Skeete converted the extra point to give the Gray a 10-0 advantage with 5:29 remaining in the second quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Scarlet quarterback Justin Zwick (Jr., Massillion, Ohio/Massillion Washington) hit redshirt freshman receiver Albert Dukes (Fr., Belle Glade, Fla./Glade Central) over the middle, where Dukes was stripped by junior safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) at the 40-yard line. The Gray’s Curtis Terry (So., Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) picked up the loose ball and returned the fumble 36 yards to the Scarlet 4-yard line. The Gray lost a yard on three plays before Skeete connected on his second field goal of the half from 22-yards out for a 13-0 Gray lead with 3:09 on the clock.

To start the second half, Scarlet moved from its own 8-yard line to the Gray 48 before turning over possession on downs on a failed fourth-and-one plunge by Boeckman, who split time between the two squads. Again, the Gray turned the change of possession into points as junior quarterback Troy Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) completed all four of his passes, including a 12-yard TD toss to sophomore tight end Marcel Frost (South Euclid, Ohio/Lyndhurst Rush) to end the 7-play, 52-yard scoring drive. Skeete missed the PAT to set the score at 19-0 with 3:01 left in the third quarter.

The Scarlet avoided a shutout in the fourth quarter, when redshirt freshman tailback Eric Haw (Columbus, Ohio/Independence) capped a 68-yard drive with a 10-yard scoring scamper into the endzone with 6:48 left in regulation. Haw gained 40 yards on five carries on the drive that was kick-started by a 28-yard connection from Zwick to Dukes down the right sideline. The Scarlet missed the extra point to cut the Gray advantage to 19-6.

Offensively for the Gray, senior Brandon Schnittker (Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins) led all rushers with 58 yards on 10 carries and Pittman added 57 yards on 14 carries. Smith was 4-of-9 for 48 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Gonzalez had 33 yards on four catches, including a touchdown reception. On the defensive side of the ball, Marcus Freeman (So., Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) had six solo tackles, two for loss, and one pass breakup.

On offense for the Scarlet, Haw had a game-high 86 yards on 16 carries, including a touchdown. Zwick converted 11-of-27 passes for a game-high 104 yards. Dukes led all receivers with 45 yards on three catches. Defensively, linebacker Ryan Lukens (Fr., Lebanon, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) had seven tackles and a sack. Freshman defensive back Shaun Lane (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) accounted for an interception in the first quarter.

Boeckman, playing for both the Scarlet and the Gray, was 4-of-12 for 28 yards and a touchdown.