By Corey Pollnow
Andrew Clements threw three touchdowns and carried the White Team to a 22-9 victory Friday evening at Arute Field in the annual CCSU inter-squad “Blue vs White” Spring Game.
Clements and the Blue Devils are looking to rebound from 2012, when they had a disappointing 2-8 record and Coach McInerney attributed some of the lack of success the past two seasons to an absence of leadership. Despite back to back losing seasons, McInerney’s brought two NEC championships to Central during his seven year tenure and has an overall record of 44-33. He has the team concentrating on basic fundamentals and tackling in the spring. He’s also made changes such as having his players take snaps on both sides of the ball to determine the best 22 players on the team.
Clements threw his third touchdown to put the game away in the fourth quarter when he connected with Aaron Berardino on a 65 yard pass to put the White Team up 22-9.
The Blue Team’s only touchdown came on a 15 yard yard run by Rob Hollomon.
“As the game went on it seem like [the Blue Team] came together and got things rolling,” said Holloman who scored five touchdowns last season and led the NEC in rushing with 1104 yards.
Mark Robinson earned three sacks for the Blue Team, one of the sacks being a safety late in the third quarter when the White Team was deep in its own territory. The safety finally put the Blue Team on the scoreboard.
Matt Kral’s 27 field goal with 35 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Blue Team a 15-0 cushion going into into halftime.
Clements threw his second touchdown of the evening on a 28 yard pass in the second quarter to Jevon Elmore, who will play as a redshirt freshman this fall.
The White Team was first to score in the inter-squad scrimmage when Clements threw a 38 yard touchdown pass to Chris Linares with 7:40 left in the second quarter, giving the White Team a 6-0 lead. The point after attempt was missed.
“Everyone got a sense of real game speed today,” said Clements who threw for 1266 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2012.
Joe Efese, the starting Center for the basketball team has chosen to join the football squad after jokingly saying he could carry his own weight on the football field. According to Efese he hasn’t played since middle school and despite the long lapse since he’s put on pads, he was active on defense for the White Team recording four tackles. What started out as a joke became real when Coach McInerney encouraged Efese to join the team. Efese says, “I started thinking and I talked to my family about it and Coach said if you don’t like it you can quit anytime. But I don’t like quitting, so I said I’m gonna go out there and do it.”
Efese has come to appreciate all the preparation that goes into being a football player and said, “It’s like going to school and it’s a lot of work. They’re studying and taking test and they’re in [football class] It was like Chinese at first. I didn’t know what was going on.”
The quarterback position is in the air according to Clements, who was 9 for 17 and threw for 240 yards. “We go in every practice and there is no set quarterback. That goes for everyone on the team. Nothing is given.”