UTSA football caps off spring practices with a spring game

Luke Lawhorn, Assistant Sports Editor

A preview of UTSA football was played Thursday, April 14, at the Dub Farris Sports Complex, where the Roadrunners’ annual spring game ended with the offense and defense tied 7-7. UTSA fans had the chance to soak in football and magnify the excitement for the upcoming fall season, seeing both returners and newcomers display sneak peeks of what is to come in August. 

With the two teams being the Roadrunners’ offense (Blue) versus their own defense (White), there was an adjusted scoring system. Both touchdowns and turnovers were two points, whereas defensive stops and field goals were one point. 

In the first three possessions, the defense made stops to take a 3-0 lead. The offense would switch through quarterbacks every series and no tackling was allowed to prevent any further injuries. Two of the three possessions ended with a sack on third down and the other was a missed 52-yard field goal attempt by Jared Sackett. 

On the fourth possession, it was starter and redshirt senior Frank Harris’ turn with the offense, where they marched down the field and answered with a 3-yard touchdown pass to redshirt sophomore tight end Dan Dishman. With the score 3-2 defense, redshirt sophomore and, what appears to be third-string quarterback, Cam Peters led a 65-yard drive which ended with a 34-yard touchdown throw to redshirt senior Tykee Ogle-Kellogg to put the offense up 4-3. The defense held the offense to a punt, tying the game 4-4 to go into halftime. 

The defense came out of halftime and held the offense the first two possessions by getting sacks on third down to extend the score to 6-4. Redshirt sophomore Everett Ornstein kicked a 46-yard field goal on the next possession. Peters then made some plays and found redshirt sophomore Kennedy Lewis open for a 16-yard touchdown, putting the offense ahead 7-6. Another sack from the defense made the score 7-7, which resulted in the final score. 

Head coach Jeff Traylor wanted the starters to run about 18 plays, which was met in the first two series. Harris had one touchdown, while Peters had the other two. Redshirt freshman Eddie Lee Marburger and freshman Diego Tello got a couple of series in as well, completing several passes and getting good reps in. 

Traylor said postgame that there were 140 days until UTSA opens their season against Houston in the Alamodome. With the snippet of Fall 2022 football in everyone’s mind, the season cannot come any quicker.