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White team edges black at annual Black and White scrimmage

UMW News Bureau

The late winter weather finally let up for the annual Black and White scrimmage where the White team (led by Colton Woods) outscored the Black team 22 to 17. By Wally Feldt [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="Colton Woods of the White team during the Black and White scrimmage."]coltonwoods[/caption] Despite the fact that piles of snow decorated the sidelines, the weather finally cooperated with a day of sunshine and blue sky as the White team edged the Black team 22 to 17 in the University of Montana Western’s annual Black and White scrimmage. Colton Woods led the White team with six catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns (36 & 15). Woods added a 13 yard field goal and one extra point. The White team dominated the Black team in the first half outscoring the White by 15 to 3. The Black team threatened in the final seconds of the first half but a drive deep into White team territory ended with a Bo Herak interception in the end zone. The second half began like the first half ended with the White team in control. Reed Watkins took a screen pass 81 yards for a touchdown and the White team led 22 to 3 at the 6:41 mark of the third quarter. Keoka Perbera ended the Black team scoring drought with a 20 yard touchdown reception followed by a Kahai Sevilla extra point and the margin was cut to 22 to 10 with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter.. Black team defensive tackle Jorge Herrera ended the next White team possession with an interception. On the Black team’s first play after the interception, Sevilla scored on a 55 yard touchdown pass and then kicked the extra point to cut the lead down to five, 22 to 17. Neither team threatened over the next six minutes. The Black team gained possession with a little less then five minutes to play and began the game’s final drive. With eight seconds remaining in the game, the Black team sat on the White team’s five yard line. The potential winning-touchdown-pass was batted away as time ran out. Jerry Schmitz led the Black team with 14 catches for 175 yards. Sevilla was next with six catches for 98 yards and one touchdown. The Bulldogs used two quarterbacks, Micah Mamiya and Nick Yuri, during the scrimmage with both playing for the Black and White teams. Mamiya ended last season as the Bulldog starter and Yuri transferred to Montana Western at Christmas break. Charlie Dotson led the White team in rushing with 79 yards on 12 carries. Chris Wells and Junior Mataafa led the Black team with 35 yards each. The Bulldogs end their spring-training season next Saturday, April 25 with the annual alumni game.