DENTON, Texas - Three second-half touchdowns and a dominant defense paced the Green to a 33-26 win over the White the Mean Green's annual spring football game Saturday afternoon at Apogee Stadium.
The Green team, made up of first- and third-team players, trailed 24-10 at halftime to the White, which consisted of second- and fourth-teamers and started the game with a 21-0 lead. But touchdown throws by Derek Thompson to Carlos Harris and Andrew McNulty to Brelan Chancellor drew the Green within two points at 26-24. Brandin Byrd got the go ahead touchdown on a four-yard run with 4:09 to play.
The White's day was highlighted by James Jones, who had an interception in the first half and a sack for a safety in the second half.
The Green defense held the White offense to -26 yards rushing, 144 yards of total offense and one field goal. The Green offense was led by Byrd's 51 yards on 11 carries and Thompson with 156 yards passing on 17-of-19 with one interception. McNulty, who played for both teams Saturday, was 8-of-10 for 106 for the Green and 10-of-15 for 109 for the White. Brock Berglund, playing for the White, completed eight of 12 passes for 41 yards.
Chancellor caught six passes for 94 yards and Harris had nine receptions for 89 yards. Darnell Smith had five catches for 48 yards, but also had a 45-yard reception from Thompson nullified by penalty.
Brett Macek had one of the special-teams highlights of the day with a 49-yard punt that rolled to a stop inches from the goalline. On the next play, Jones sacked Thompson for a safety.