Football: Spring game thread


FINAL SCORE: Gold 21, Blue 20. A wild fiinish to the Spring Game in front of an announced crowd of 8,812 at Edwards Stadium. Freshman QB Zach Kline delivered a 40-yard TD pass to TE Spencer Hagan with 7:35 left in a running-clock fourth quarter. He then zipped a two-point cconversion pass to Jackson Bouza, giving the Gold squad a 21-14 lead. Redshirt freshman Austin Hinder took over at QB for Blue and with 5 seconds left threw a 75-yard TD to redshirt freshman WR Stephen Anderson. But the defense double-teammed Maurice Harris on the two-point pass try and DB Tyre Ellison deflected Hinder’s pass, preserving the 21-20 Gold victory.

Coach Jeff Tedford was pleased with both teams as well as the crowd and atmosphere. He declined to participate in the post-game pie-eating contest, won by senior C Dominic Galas.

Hagan suffered a minor ankle sprain late, but otherwise the Bears emerged from the event intact.

Here are unofficial stats from Cal:


Rushing – Isi Sofele 9-34, Zach Maynard 4-15 TD, Brendan Bigelow 3-20, Daniel Lasco 6-8, Austin Hinder 1-6, Kameron Krebs 1-2, Kyle Boehm 4-(-8)

Passing – Zach Maynard 6-10-109 TD, Austin Hinder 4-5-98 TD, Kyle Boehm 2-6-32

Receiving – Maurice Harris 7-95 TD, Bryce McGovern 3-51, Stephen Anderson 2-96 TD

Tackles (Big Plays) – Nick Forbes 7 (.5 TFL, 1 PBU), Avery Sebastian 4 (1 INT), Ted Agu 3, Jason Gibson 3, Kameron Jackson 3 (1 PBU), Adrian Lee 3, Chris McCain 3 (0.5 TFL), Austin Clark 2, Mustafa Jalil 2 (0.5 TFL), Keni Kaufusi 2 (0.5 TFL, 1 PBU), Nathan Broussard 1, J.P. Hurrell 1, Gabe King 1 (1 PBU, 1 QBH), Kameron Krebs 1, Jordan Morgan 1, Josh Hill (1 PBU)

Kick Returns – Brendan Bigelow 2-32, Adrian Lee 1-30, Daniel Lasco 1-27, Kameron Jackson 1-23

FG/PAT – Benjamin Calder 0-1 FG (50), 2-2 PAT


Rushing – C.J. Anderson 14-85 TD, Dasarte Yarnway 6-7, Mitch Bartolo 3-6

Passing – Allan Bridgford 11-21-90, Zach Kline 3-5-54 TD

Receiving – Jackson Bouza 4-41, Ross Bostock 2-23, Dasarte Yarnway 2-16, Jacob Wark 2-11, Spencer Hagan 1-40 TD

Tackles (Big Plays) – Puka Lopa 7 (1.0 SK), Cecil Whiteside 7 (1.0 SK), David Wilkerson 6, Tyré Ellison 5 (1.0 TFL, 1 PBU), Deandre Coleman 5 (0.5 TFL), Viliami Moala 4 (0.5 TFL), Robert Mullins 4, Todd Barr 3, Stephen Fanua 2 (1.0 SK, 1 PBU), Alex Logan 2, Matt Mayes 2, Ross Bostock 1, Lucas King 1 (1.0 SK, -7), Isaac Lapite 1, Steven Williams 1

Kick Returns – Joel Willis 2-35, Mike Manuel 1-30

FG/PAT – James Langford 2-2 FG (47, 41), 2-2 PAT

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Told you it would be faster. Blue still leads 14-13. Blue has the ball with Boehm at QB. Bigelow just had a nice run nullified by a holding penalty.

TV UPDATE: Gary Stevenson, president of Pac-12 Enterprises, said at halftime that all Comcast, Time-Warner, Cox and Bright House cable subscribers will get the Pac-12 network on their basic cable packages, beginning in August. Nothing extra to purchase. Negotiations are ongoing with DISH and DirecTV, but Stevenson expressed optimism that a deal will be struck with both. He also said the plan is that all 12 Pac-12 spring games will be televisesd a year from now.

BLUE: Maynard still in. Goes 0 for 2. Three and out.

SECOND HALF: A running clock will make the second half faster.

BLUE: Calder misses short on a 50-yard FG attempt to close the half. Blue leads 14-12. Maynard is (unofficially) 6 for 9 for 108 yards on the makeshift 90-yard field.

GOLD: Bridgford intercepted by Avery Sebastian with 24 seconds left in the half.

BLUE: Kyle Boehm gets a shot at QB and goes 2 for 4 for 12 yards before being sacked twice.

GOLD: Gold capitalizes. C.J. Anderson runs 15 yards up the middle for a TD and Langford kicks the PAT. It’s 14-13.

BLUE: Brendan Bigelow fumbles the kickoff and Isaac Lapite recovers for Gold at the 26. Bridgford back at QB.

GOLD: Freshman QB Zach Kline gets his feet wet. Throws incomplete twice, then hits Jackson Bouza on a sideline pattern for a 9-yard gain. That set up a 41-yard FG by Langford, who is now 2 for 2. Blue leads 14-6.

BLUE: Maynard scores on a 1-yard keeper and Calder converts the PAT. It’s 14-3 Blue. Maynard had passes of 22 and 20 yards to WR Bryce McGovern, the latter on a pass that went through the hands of a defender and gave Blue a first down at the 5.

END FIRST QUARTER: Blue leads 7-3. Ex-Cal NFLers on hand include Justin Forsett, Alex Mack, Cameron Jordan, Brian De La Fuente, Mike Mohamed and Tyson Alualu.

GOLD: Bridgford passed 18 yards to WR Ross Bostick for a first down, then threw incomplete three in a row. He is 4 for 12 for 39 yards. Two of them were batted down at the line.

BLUE: Three and out.

GOLD: Gold is on the board after a 47-yard field goal by junior transfer James Langford (Cal Poly/Foothill HS). Bridgford completed a 12-yard pass to Dasarte Yarnway and C.J. Anderson had a 35-yard run. But Bridgford’s apparent 20-yard TD pass to TE Spencer Hagan was nullified by a holding penalty. Blue leads 7-3. 

BLUE: Zach Maynard directs the Blue team 80 yards in six plays for a touchdown, throwing 28 yards to his cousin, redshirt freshman WR Maurice Harris, for the score. Maynard also passed 23 yards to WR Stephen Anderson and ran 15 yards on a designed keeper for a first down. Benjamin Calder converted the PAT for a 7-0 Blue lead.

GOLD: The Gold team got one first down on its first possession. Allan Bridgford was 2 for 5 for 9 yards.

WELCOME: I’m here at Edwards Stadium, where I’ve watched dozen of track meets over the years, and there is a football field in the infield. Gorgeous weather and a pretty nice crowd assembling for the 11 a.m. kickoff.

Jeff Faraudo

  • wehofx

    Sounds like a great time. I know it’s early days but ZK sounds like the real deal. Sounds like ZM also had a very good day. Competition is a good thing.

    There was a tweet about Adrian Lee looking good at cb. JF, Juancho, anyone who attended, agree? Definitely need better play from the secondary this year.

    Did any other young guys – A Sebastian – stand out?

    Go Bears!

  • Juancho

    Heck of a lot of fun out there. We need more free events like this to build our fan base and have community support.

    The loudest the crowd got happened when Kline first came in. He looked GOOD. That TD and 2 pt conversion throw were top drawer. He has the it factor.

    Maynard looked okay. Boehm too. Bridgeford looked bad.

    Maurice Harris looked good too.

  • Juancho

    Wehofx, to be honest nobody really stood out too much. Ithink its just the nature of a split squad scrimmage like this.

    But if i had to give some highlights:

    Kline. The crowd was there to see him. He got the best reception from the crowd. And he has a target on his back wearing Rodgers number 8. And with all that pressure his second drive looked like one from a qb who is ready for playing time much sooner than we think. Plusnhis teammates really reacted after his td and it seems hes got the team behind him big time. They almost lifted him on their shoulders after his td and 2 pt conversion.

    CJ Anderson had two big runs. Hes in great shape and was shifty. Looked good. My thoughts that Bigelow will be the backup by mid year will be wrong. Cj is looking good.

    Maurice Harris was the only receiver that looked and played the part. Hes ready and hes good.

    No individual on d stood out. No guy in the secondary no single linebacker no single lineman. To be honest this is probably due to the part that 75% of the plays were runs or short and intermediate passes.

    The team as a whole looked good. But other than those 3 I noted above nobody in my opinion stood out too much.

  • Uh Huh!

    Thanks Juancho.
    I feel like when I go to watch some basketball games, I can figure out pretty quickly who I like, who’s good and who’s got potential. Nice to hear some of the same about football.

  • Larry

    I heard Z. Kline tell his family, after the game when we were on the field that the last play when he threw the TD pass it felt great, like “Winning THE Rose Bowl” The kid absolutely has his goals set right.

  • covinared

    Saw part of the scrimmage on youtube. Yarnaway at fb would be a nice addition, if he blocks. He looked good running the ball.

  • ConcordBear

    I thought all 5 QB’s showed something. Maynard looks like a senior and I hope he keeps working hard gaining confidence and getting better. Boehm and Kline showed the most potential, they have serious tools. Hinder did not play much but he showed well when he was in there.
    Hard for me to see who made plays on the lines.
    Anderson and Bigelow both looked really good running the ball. Too many fumbles for all ball carriers throughout game.
    Bouza and Hagan stood out catching the ball.
    Tight Ends looked big!
    Forbes, Gibson, Jefferson, Lopa, McCain, Whiteside, Lee, Jackson, and King all flashed some real good talent on D.
    I like the way young guys look and are pushing.
    The young talent is looking very good.
    Team went hard and looked like they were having a lot of fun. Team chemistry appears to be strong, especially for a spring game.

  • Daniel

    I had to work, but thanks for the scouting reports. I agree that more open practices can only be good for our program. Maybe an edited highlight reel for YouTube, or PAC-12 Network?

  • Juancho

    Daniel, Pac-12 Network announced they will broadcast all of the spring practice games. And for most cable carriers, it will be a free channel added to most packages.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Love that kids comment about the Rose Bowl. A scrimmage will as close as he gets to anything called the Rose Bowl. HAHAHA.

    Are there any updates from the esteemed advisor about Waywards eligibility?

    Probably not…

  • BlueNGold

    It must be a home furlough weekend at the local developmental disabilities center.