Harris Scores Twice as White Side Takes Spring Football Scrimmage, 21-10
Josh Harris signs an autograph after a two TD performance in the annual Wake Forest Spring Game.

April 14, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest White squad scored 14 unanswered points to come-from-behind and defeat the Black team by a score of 21-10 in the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 14 at BB&T Field.

Prior to the game, the two sides were "drafted" and a full game was played - minus kickoffs and returns - over four 15 minute quarters.

"We're all standing up right now, so I'm good, we didn't have anybody get hurt," said head coach Jim Grobe. "My goal today was to let the kids have fun and stay healthy. We had some real good collisions, some good efforts and the kids got after each other pretty good. But, all in all, we had a healthy spring and any coach will tell you that's a good spring."

Black jumped out to a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter when kicker Jimmy Newman converted a 40-yard field goal attempt, but Josh Harris scored the first of his two scores with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter to put White on top.

"He looked like Josh Harris and that's what I like," said Grobe. "He had two or three inside runs, he wasn't trying to bounce everything to the perimeter. I loved his touchdown run down in the red zone, I thought he got north and just powered his way up into the end zone and if we can get him to do that all the time - we know he has a chance to be special, but today it looked like he had a little bit of determination and a little bit of pop and was getting up inside, which I like, I like guys that don't mind running inside."

Tanner Price led Black back out in front, just before the half, 10-7, with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Garside.

In the third quarter, Harris scored on a nine-yard reception from quarterback Brendan Cross to lead White to a 14-10 advantage.

The Black squad would get one more chance with the ball with just over a minute to play, but Price was picked by A.J. Marshall - his second interception of the game - who returned the throw 58 yards for six points and put the game out of reach.

"The key to the game today was turnovers," said Grobe. The offense needs to take better care of [the ball], but if the defense keeps taking it away like that we'll be a pretty good defensive football team."

Price would finish the day 3-of-6 for 45 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Competing for the second string spot, Patrick Thompson (6-of-8, 39 yards) and Brendan Cross (3-of-5, 22 yards, TD) had steady performances for the White side.

Quan Rucker led the Wake Forest receivers with five receptions and gained 20 yards, while Spencer Bishop hauled in four passes and gained a team-high 49 yards. Brad Idzik and Terence Davis also both made three catches on the day.

Harris (six rushes, 40 yards) and Tyler Jackson (12 carries, 35 yards) led the way for White on the ground, carrying for a total of 75 yards on 18 carries. Black was held to -13 yards rushing largely on the strength of three White sacks (-26 yards) made by Johnny Garcia, Hunter Williams and Justin Jackson.

Brandon Chubb led the way for the White team defense with nine tackles, while Williams and Riley Haynes added four apiece. Joey Ehrmann and Josh Hunt, who led his side with four tackles, also had sacks for the Black Team.

No returns were allowed on special teams, but punter Alex Kinal had a standout performance with a 49.8 yard kicking average to go with a long of 64 yards. Newman converted his only field goal attempt and added one extra point.

"I think we've got a couple kickers and a couple punters that we can win with," said Grobe. "I think that's been our problem for a while now, we really haven't had a very consistent kicking and punting game from the specialists and I think we've got the potential to have that this fall."



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