Annual Maroon and White Football Game Set for Saturday Afternoon
SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri State football Bears will wrap up their spring season Saturday at Plaster Field with the squad’s annual Maroon and White Game at 1 p.m.
Admission for the event is free with basic stadium amenities available.
Eighth-year head coach Terry Allen has seen the Bears face a harsh weather month with temperatures and conditions ranging from snow to sun during MSU’s 14 spring practices that began March 20.
“It’s been an interesting spring with the weather, but we’ve been able to get a lot done and avoided any major injuries,” said Allen. “We’re looking forward to Saturday and a chance to put on a good show for our fans.”
Allen, who has 41 lettermen and 71 returning squad members to work with, said Saturday’s scrimmage will include around 100 plays with the first-team offense going head-to-head with the first-team defense and the second-team offense matching up with the second-team defense for most of the event. The game will include four 12-minute quarters with quarterbacks Kierra Harris and Brodie Lambert anchoring the first team, and Ashton Glaser, Alex Lawson and Shane Hartzler taking snaps with the second-team offense. Traditional game scoring will be used, and there will be no kickoffs or punt returns.
In two previous spring scrimmages, Harris has completed 29-of-53 passes for 380 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Glaser is 19-for-40 for 225 yards with a touchdown pass. Julian Burton has been the team’s top receiver of the spring season with 12 catches for 221 yards, while Dorian Buford has caught 11 passes for 130. The Bears’ six running backs have split time effectively with Cedric Miller and Austin Cahoy leading the way with 63 ground yards to date with Josh Mattes adding 54.
Allen said last week’s 120-play scrimmage was a good barometer of the team’s improvement with the defense making big plays and the offense producing 43 points and 524 yards.
“I thought we were better on both sides of the ball than we were last week,” said Allen. “We cut down on a lot of foolish penalties. I thought our defense was really good in the first part of the scrimmage. They set the tone with a safety on the first play. But the offense responded, came back and made some big plays.”
Missouri State kicks off the 2013 season with a home game at Plaster Field on Thursday, Aug. 29 against Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Season tickets are available now by calling (417) 836-3302 or 836-8877.