PISCATAWAY, NJ – Both defenses made big plays as the Scarlet defeated the White 10-7 in the annual Rutgers Spring Football Game April 24 at Rutgers Stadium.
The two defenses set the tone for the game, combining for 10 tackles for loss, nine pass break ups, four sacks, two interceptions and two fumbles recovered.
“The pass rush and defensive line played well, which is encouraging” said head coach Greg Schiano. “It’s always interesting when you mix up the teams, because it gives you all kinds of different combinations.”
Junior Dondre Asberry (Miami, FL) and sophomore Quintero Frierson (Coral Gables, FL) led the Scarlet with four tackles each. Freshman Jamaal Westerman (Brampton, Ontario) also recorded two sacks and a fumble recovery for the Scarlet. Senior MauriceHines (Burlington, NJ) led the White with seven tackles, including a pass defensed. Senior Piana Lukabu (Avenel, NJ) added six tackles for the White, including 1.5 sacks.
Both touchdowns came via the running game. Senior Clarence Pittman (Miami, FL) put the Scarlet on the scoreboard with less than six minutes to play in the second quarter on a one-yard rush. Sophomore Justice Hairston (New Britain, CT) then evened the score with a 29-yard effort in the third quarter.
Senior Ryan Sands (Shenendoah, PA) put the Scarlet ahead for good with a 26-yard, fourth-quarter field goal.
For the Scarlet, junior Ryan Hart (Coral Springs, FL) completed three of nine passes for 20 yards, while junior Anthony Cali (Columbus, NJ) was 6-for-9 for 89 yards. Pittman led the Scarlet ground game with 87 yards on 23 carries. Senior Chris Loomis (Maple Shade, NJ) caught four passes for 75 yards.
For the White, sophomore Terrence Shawell (Pottstown, PA) completed four of 13 passes for 69 yards. Hairston carried the ball nine times for a total of 85 yards, while sophomore Willie Foster (Miami, FL) caught one pass for a team-high 35 yards.
The Scarlet-White Game was composed of four, 15-minute quarters of running time. The RU roster was divided into Scarlet and White teams, each composed of an offense and defense. No kickoffs were conducted, and all punts resulted in fair catches. Placekicker Michael Cortese (Jackson, NJ), filling in for an injured Joe Radigan (Hoboken, NJ), handled all of the punting duties for both teams. He punted six times for an average of 37.7 yards.
“This is always a fun way to end spring practice, and I thought I saw a lot of good things out there tonight,” said Schiano. “The running backs in particular played well. Justise Hairston and Clarence Pittman were both impressive.”
Proceeds from the Scarlet-White Game will go to the pediatric units of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter’s University Hospital.
Prior to the game, Rutgers also held its annual FanFest, featuring fun events for the kids as well as performances by the Rutgers Cheerleaders, Dance Team and Pep Band. The evening wrapped up with an autograph session with Rutgers players and coaches on the field following the game.
Rutgers will begin the 2004 season with three consecutive home games, beginning with Michigan State on Sept. 4. RU will return 39 letterwinners and 17 starters from a 2003 team that posted a 5-7 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the BIG EAST Conference, making the sixth-best improvement in the nation.
Box Score (Final) Scarlet vs White (Apr 24, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ) Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Scarlet............. 0 7 0 3 - 10 Record: White............... 0 0 7 0 - 7 Record: Scoring Summary: 2nd 15:00 SCARLET - Pittman 1 yd run (Sands kick), 11-48 0:00, SCARLET 7 - WHITE 0 3rd 15:00 WHITE - Hairston 29 yd run (Cortese kick), 9-0 15:00, SCARLET 7 - WHITE 7 4th 15:00 SCARLET - Sands 26 yd field goal, 9-0 15:00, SCARLET 10 - WHITE 7 SCARLET WHITE FIRST DOWNS................... 12 8 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 30-55 15-71 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 109 69 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 19-9-1 13-4-1 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 49-164 28-140 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 0-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 0-0 0-0 Interception Returns-Yards.... 1-1 1-0 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 3-37.0 3-38.3 Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-0 2-2 Penalties-Yards............... 4-23 6-50 Possession Time............... 45:00 15:00 Third-Down Conversions........ 2 of 11 2 of 6 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 2 0 of 0 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 1-1 0-1 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 2-14 2-17 RUSHING: Scarlet-Pittman 23-87; Medley 1-1; Hart 3-minus 16; Cali 3-minus 17. White-Hairston 9-85; Brown 1-0; TEAM 2-0; Leonard 1-0; Shawell 2-minus 14. PASSING: Scarlet-Hart 3-9-1-20; Cali 6-9-0-89; Moses 0-1-0-0. White-Shawell 4-13-1-69. RECEIVING: Scarlet-Loomis 4-75; Medley 3-24; Moses 2-10. White-S. Johnson 2-26; W. Foster 1-35; Leonard 1-8. INTERCEPTIONS: Scarlet-Nugent 1-1. White-Wood 1-0. FUMBLES: Scarlet-Cali 1-0. White-TEAM 2-2.