Gold team wins annual Maroon vs. Gold game

Kara McIntyre

No. 21 running back for the Gold, Chris Smith, undecided junior, cuts right off a great block for a big gain. He ran for 92 yards on the day including a 42-yard run on the the only Gold touchdown for the game. The Gold team won 9-2 in the 29th Annual Maroon versus Gold Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on April 8. Photo by Timothy Jones

On Saturday, April 8, the 29th Annual Maroon vs. Gold spring football game gave students, faculty, staff and community members a chance to see what the football team has in store for the fall season.

“The Maroon vs. Gold game gives the team a chance to play in a real game atmosphere and a chance to showcase their skills one last time before summer,” Kevin Fisher, business management junior and offensive lineman, said. “It felt amazing, it’s always a great atmosphere at Memorial Stadium.”

Drew Bolin, linebacker and criminal justice junior, agreed with Fisher.

“[The Maroon vs. Gold game] shows how competitive we are as a team,” Bolin said. “It shows that we can have fun as well as competing and hitting each other at the same time.”

In the past 11 years, the Maroon team led the series by a 7-4 margin — but this year, the Gold team took the 9-2 victory.

“I had tons of fun. It was nice seeing how much all of the guys and I had improved over the spring,” Austan Davis, marketing sophomore and offensive lineman, said. “I’m excited about the upcoming season.”

Bolin said he was also excited for the fall season, and that the Maroon vs. Gold game was no different than any other game.

“It felt amazing to get back on the field. I had the same amount of nerves like I do on Saturday nights in the fall,” Bolin said. “Playing with my brothers brings a lot of energy, and I love that I can better myself and my teammates on and off the field.”

According to a press release from the athletic department, “senior quarterback Javin Kilgo’s 1-yard keeper turned out to be the difference in Gold’s 9-2 win over Maroon, but it was the stout defense led by sophomore defensive back Marcus Wilkerson which made the difference stand up.”

Wilkerson caught sophomore quarterback Layton Rabb’s Hail Mary throw as time expired to seal the victory for the Gold team.

The first home game will be against Quincy, Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.

Maroon leads Gold, 7-4
2016 — Maroon 38, Gold 31
2015 — Maroon 7, Gold 3
2014 — Gold 24, Maroon 21
2013 — Maroon 37, Gold 26
2012 — Gold 13, Maroon 6
2011 — Maroon 24, Gold 7
2010 — Maroon 31, Gold 28
2009 — Gold 33, Maroon 21
2008 — Maroon 6, Gold 0
2007 — Gold (Offense) 52, Maroon (Defense) 36
2006 — Maroon (Defense) 52, Gold (Offense) 35