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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 is “going streaking”, you can bring your green hat

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 is “going streaking”, you can bring your green hat

Posted on 22 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’ve heard a rumor that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. I know it’s been covered in most of the gossip rags, but I guess there’s one of two of you who aren’t regularly checking out “OK!” in your grocer’s aisle.

So we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To do so, we’re looking over some of the great “water cooler” topics of the WNST era and attempting to define them by putting together lists of 16. We’re calling it the #WNSTSweet16.

We already know how awesome it is, but thanks for reminding us under your breath.

We’re into Week 25 of the year-long celebration. If you’ve missed any of the first 24 weeks, here’s a great chance for you to re-live them. (The #WNSTSweet16 is brought to you by Jerry’s Automotive.)

Week 24: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 all-time American soccer players
Week 23: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore/Washington Bullets/Wizards ever
Week 22: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 all-time greatest local high athletes
Week 21: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest local lacrosse players of all time
Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

Luke Jones is back in the saddle for this week’s list.

While the summer unofficially starts in Baltimore the first day someone says to you “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”; the summer has now also OFFICIALLY started here in Charm City. With summer does indeed come heat, and with heat comes hot streaks. Speaking of hot streaks, we haven’t had a “streak”-related #WNSTSweet16 yet, have we?

You see how I did that?

This week’s topic is the “Sweet 16 All-time Local Sports Streaks”.

Clearly, when you think of local sports streaks, the number 2,632 comes to mind. Yep, the 2,632 consecutive unfunny jokes Drew Forrester has made on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction”. But Cal Ripken also had a nice little streak of consecutive games played for awhile.

Drew Brees just famously broke Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 straight games with a passing TD just recently. I imagine that might just crack Luke’s list.

What else should be on the list? Joe Flacco’s five straight seasons of winning a playoff game at the start of his career? The same streak for John Harbaugh? The University of Maryland making the NCAA Tournament for a school record 11 straight years under Gary Williams?

And who doesn’t remember Wee Willie Keeler’s’ amazing 45 game hit streak for the Birds between 1896 and 1897? I remember almost every at-bat of that magical stretch myself.

What are the others? What local high school athlete had a streak of never losing a tennis match or a wrestling match, etc. Any local pro team, college team, high school athlete or individual sport athlete from the area can qualify for the list.

Luke wants your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email him (luke@wnst.net). We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor on “The Happy Hours”.

Let’s head to the quad for some streaking! What are the greatest streaks in local sports history? Make your voice heard!

-G

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Alabama QB McCarron wins Unitas Golden Arm Award

Posted on 09 December 2013 by WNST Staff

ALABAMA’S AJ McCARRON WINS THE 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD

BALTIMORE, MD (12/9/13) — Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron is the winner of the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, Inc. and Transamerica.

McCarron had an outstanding year in leading the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide to an 11-1 record, completing 67.6% of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns against only 5 interceptions.

A top leader known for his ability to orchestrate an offense, McCarron compiled a 34-2 record (.943) as a starter at Alabama. He holds the Alabama record for throwing 30 touchdown passes in 2012, and once went 291 pass attempts without throwing an interception (the second-longest streak in SEC history).

McCarron, who was a finalist for last year’s Golden Arm Award, was selected from an original field of 30 in the annual competition to name the top college quarterback in the nation. Other finalists for the 2013 award included Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Derek Carr (Fresno State), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), and Aaron Murray (Georgia).

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game of football. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns, and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

Candidates for the Golden Arm Award – which has been presented at the end of each college football season since 1987 – must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, and leadership qualities.

Past Golden Arm Award winners include: Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Carson Palmer (USC, 2002); Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003); Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007); Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009); and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011).

McCarron will receive the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award at a ceremony to be held this coming Friday, December 13, 6-9 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & Grand Historic Venue, 225 N. Charles Street in downtown Baltimore.

The ceremony will feature remarks by one of Johnny Unitas’ favorite targets during his years with the Baltimore Colts, NFL Hall of Famer Raymond Berry. Proceeds from the Golden Arm Award help to support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides financial assistance to underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied football history. Inducted into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame in 1979, Johnny Unitas was named the top quarterback of all-time in commemorations of the NFL’s 25th, 50th, and 75th anniversaries. In turn-of-the-century listings, he was named to Sports Illustrated’s list of top 10 athletes, Time Magazine’s list of 10 most influential athletes, and ESPN’s series on the 50 greatest athletes of the century.

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Your Monday Reality Check: Flacco deserves better than Unitas family feud

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Your Monday Reality Check: Flacco deserves better than Unitas family feud

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Glenn Clark

Lord knows Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco doesn’t need me (or anyone else in the world right now) to speak up for him.

The Super Bowl XLVII MVP is doing just fine, thank you. After silencing his critics (except for a handful of analysts who refuse to accept fact and continue to live in a world where continuing their narrative is more important than actually analyzing what happens on a football field) in a postseason run for the ages, Flacco signed what is still technically for the moment the richest contract in NFL history. Since then, the Ravens have made a series of personnel moves that have made it clear the quarterback isn’t just the future of the franchise but very much the present.

By no means is there anything other than the brightest rays of sunshine in Joe Flacco’s life.

This weekend brought a strange turn however, as the seemingly incredibly cool news that Flacco would shoot the football scenes of an upcoming Johnny Unitas biopic in the role of the Hall of Fame Baltimore Colts QB. The project, “Unitas We Stand” is being produced on a smaller budget by Joe Unitas, one of the sons of “Johnny U”, the screen play based on the book “Johnny U” by Tom Callahan.

My initial reaction to the news was something along the lines of “this is one of the neatest Baltimore things I’ve ever heard…ever.”

My personal reaction to the news hasn’t changed much since that first response, but the story took an ugly turn Sunday as other members of the Unitas family weighed in on the involvement of the Ravens’ signal caller.

J.C. Unitas, the grandson of Johnny Unitas and son of John Unitas Jr. said on Facebook “If you want a real movie, hire a real actor. My grandfather and his legacy deserves only the best, and this is not it. Has Baltimore forgotten that Trent Dilfer also won a Super Bowl while playing for Baltimore?”

Unitas Jr. described Flacco to USA Today as a “goofball”, adding “if you want a quarterback, go with Peyton Manning. My father was just like that. This is a joke.”

The quotes make public on a national scale what has been known on a much smaller scale for years; there is a major rift between the children of Baltimore’s greatest quarterback’s two wives. After the Hall of Famer’s death, his widow Sandra Unitas seized control of the marketing company representing his likeness from John Jr. John Jr. sued to regain control of the company and a divide was created in the relationship between the five children Unitas had from his first marriage (including John Jr.) and the three from his second marriage (including Joe).

John Unitas Jr. once told the Baltimore Sun “she is nothing to me” about Sandra Unitas. I can tell you (while choosing to avoid specifics because I don’t think they serve much of a purpose) that I have heard him use much worse terms to describe her in private conversations.

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“Unitas We Stand” headed to big screen

Posted on 23 June 2012 by Glenn Clark

New Orleans based Ghost Rider Pictures announced the development of a biopic film of former Baltimore Colts QB Johnny Unitas Friday. The project is titled “Unitas We Stand” and is slated for a 2014 release.

According to the company’s website, the film is based on the 2006 biography “Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas” by Tom Callahan. The screenplay was written by Unitas’ son Joe Unitas and Nick Slatkin, whose credits include the 2010 drama “Placebo”. Joe Unitas is also listed as a producer for the film, along with Chris Braun, Oley Sassone and Steven Scaffidi (who recently produced the documentary “The Sojourners”.)

The project’s website offers the following synopsis: “After experiencing a devastating personal loss, a young man, through sheer determination and his God-given talent, proves the experts wrong to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game.”

The project’s Facebook page adds “”Unitas We Stand” is a major independent motion picture in development which is based on the best-selling book “Johnny U” and inspired by the true life of one of the greatest players in NFL history, Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas.”

HBO attempted to tell Unitas’ story via documentary in 1999 with a project titled “Unitas.” Callahan’s book was not the first written about the iconic quarterback. Author Roland Lazenby released “Johnny Unitas: The Best There Ever Was” in 2002.

In an email to WNST.net, Joe Unitas said the project was six years in the making. Unitas will join “The Reality Check” Monday on AM1570 WNST.net to discuss the project further.

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Towson making field changes to Unitas Stadium

Posted on 26 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The next time Towson fans come to Johnny Unitas Stadium ® to cheer on the Tigers, the field will have a new look! Construction began on May 21 to install FieldTurf Revolution, the latest design in synthetic grass.

The new surface will be an upgrade in durability, hold color better and provide the opportunity to update the graphics on the field with new design from Towson design and publication.

The construction is schedule to be done in mid-June and upon completion, the surface will compare favorably to any playing surface in the country.

As of Friday, May 25, nearly three quarters of the old field turf has been stripped and the process of preparing the field for the new turf will get underway early next week.

Check back to TowsonTigers.com in the near future for updates and pictures as the new turf is being installed.

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Towson women eliminated from NCAA Tournament by Penn State

Posted on 12 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Penn State University (12-6) used a strong start to open the second half and pull away from the No. 8 Towson University women’s lacrosse team and post a 15-8 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers (16-4) finished the season with a program record 16 wins. Penn State advances to the second round of the tournament to face No. 1 Florida.

“This one stinks right now,” said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. “We had a great season and I have a lot of pride in this team and the adversity we have overcome.”

The game featured the return of former Towson coach Missy Doherty to campus. Doherty coached Towson for seven seasons before moving to Penn State.

“It was more exciting to win with this team,” said Doherty. “I obviously like those players (Towson) a lot and I respect those players a lot. It’s not an easy team to have to come in and coach against because I recruited a lot of those players to Towson. I think there was a great pride in Penn State today and I was really proud of our girls.”

The Tigers scored the first goal of the game as sophomore attacker Andi Raymond scored her 34th goal of the year. Penn State (12-6) responded by scoring five straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage with 18:18 remaining in the half. Molly Fernandez had three goals for the Nittany Lions during that run.

A goal from sophomore midfielder Kelly Murkey at 17:30 put a halt to the Penn State flurry. Murkey’s goal was followed by scores from junior midfielders Ashley Waldron and Kelly Custer to make it a 5-4 game with 7:35 to play in the half. Mackenzie Cyr pushed the Nittany Lions’ lead back to two goals, 6-4 with 3:26 to go until the break.

Raymond scored with 10 seconds remaining, sending the home team into the break trailing 6-5.

Penn State outshot the Tigers 16-8 in the first half while controlling eight of the 12 draw controls.

The Nittany Lions opened the second half on a 5-0 run to take control of the game, building an 11-5 lead with 21:09 to play. Haley Ford had three of the five goals Penn State scored during that run.

Towson disrupted the Nittany Lions’ run with back-to-back goals from Waldron and sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback. Rohrback’s goal at 17:25 made it an 11-7 game. Penn State scored four of the last five goals in the game to make it a 15-8 final.

Goalkeeper Dana Cahill made six saves in the win for Penn State. Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made seven saves in her final collegiate action for the Tigers. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly made one save in 11:28 of work.

The Nittany Lions finished the game with a 28-17 advantage in shots while controlling 14 of the 25 draw controls in the game.

Fernandez and Ford led Penn State with three goals each while Maggie McCormick had a goal and three assists.

Raymond, Waldron and Custer each scored two goals in the game for the Tigers while Murkey had a goal and an assist.

Towson loses Teeters and seniors Sarah Appelt and Shannon Kennedy to graduation but returns four of the top five scorers next season.

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Towson, Loyola, Maryland women all seeded in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TIGERS TO HOST PENN STATE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

Towson to Host NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history 

TOWSON, Md. – The Colonial Athletic Association Champion Towson University women’s lacrosse team will host Penn State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be played on Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers (16-3), who will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2005, will be hosting an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history.

“Obviously this is super exciting for us and the program,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “To have a chance to play at home where we have had success this season is great for the team.”

Towson will face a familiar opponent in the first round as the Nittany Lions (11-6) are coached by Missy Doherty. Doherty coached the Tigers for seven seasons before heading to Penn State prior to the start of the 2011 season. She had a 79-46 record in Towson and won three CAA Championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances with the Tigers.

The Tigers, who earned the eighth seed for the Tournament, won their program record 10th straight game on Saturday night with a 15-5 victory over Monmouth in the NCAA Play-In game.  Sophomore attacker Andi Raymond is one of seven Tigers to have scored at least 15 goals this season. Raymond has 66 points this season on 33 goals and 33 assists. Fellow sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback has contributed 26 goals and 22 assists. Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters leads the team with an 8.13 goals against average and a .513 save percentage.

 “Penn State is a good team that had some quality wins this season,” said Coach LaMonica. “The chance to get to face Missy (Doherty) will add a special aspect to this game for us.”

Penn State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Johns Hopkins, 13-12 in the first round of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament. Mackenzie Cyr and Maggie McCormick lead the Nittany Lions with 55 points each this season. Cyr has 33 goals and 22 assists while McCormick has contributed 28 goals and 27 assists. Dana Cahill had a 9.93 goals against average and a .491 save percentage.

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Towson women crush Monmouth to clinch NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TIGERS OVERWHELM MONMOUTH IN 15-5 WIN

Tigers to Watch NCAA Selection Show for Next Opponent

TOWSON, Md. – A dominating first-half led the No. 20 Towson University women’s lacrosse team to a 15-5 win over Monmouth University (9-11) in Saturday night’s NCAA Play-In game at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Tigers (16-3) advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2005 with the victory.

“I’m proud of the effort the girls gave tonight,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “They were patient on offense and it helped us find the openings we needed. We are very excited to be going to the “The Dance”.”

The Tigers opened the game on a 5-0 run as junior attacker Olivia Turner scored a pair of goals, the second coming at 20:41. A pair of goals from the Hawks briefly halted the Tiger attack and made it a 5-2 game with 18:20 to go in the first half. Towson scored seven of the final eight goals in the half including six straight goals from 15:45 to 2:30. Sophomore attacker Andi Raymond had a pair of goals and an assist for the Tigers during that six-goal stretch.

The Tigers’ 12-3 halftime lead was their largest of the year. Towson, which scored on 12 of 19 shots, outshot Monmouth 19-9 in the first 30 minutes and controlled 11 of the 16 first half draws.

Monmouth, which won the Northeast Conference title, scored the first goal of the second half to make it a 12-4 game with 24:07 to play. The Tigers got a pair of goals from Turner and sophomore midfielder Kelly Murkey to make it a 14-4 game with 17:17 to play. The Hawks got a goal from Sam Lillo to make it a 14-5 game with 12:50 to go. Redshirt sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback scored the game’s final goal with an unassisted tally at 9:47.

The Tigers finished the game with a 32-27 advantage in shots and controlled 14 of the game’s 22 draw controls.

Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made five saves in the first half of action for the Tigers and recorded the win in goal. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly came in to the game in the second half and made eight saves, including several on point blank shots to preserve the lead. Katie Donohoe made 11 saves in the loss for Monmouth.

“Towson has so many tools and they have great stick work,” said Monmouth coach Denise Wescott. “I’m not sure if we ever played a team as fast as Towson and it was hard for us to adjust.”

The Tigers featured a balanced attack in the game as six Tigers scored at least two goals in the game. Raymond had a two  goals with four assists while Rohrback finished with three goals and two assists.

Kaleigh Gibbons led Monmouth with two goals and one assist.

The Tigers will find out their NCAA Tournament fate when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9 p.m. on Sunday night.

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Towson Women Claim CAA Lacrosse Title

Posted on 29 April 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - A late second half run secured the an 8-7 win and the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the Tiger women’s lacrosse team over James Madison on Sunday afternoon.

It was the Tigers’ fourth CAA title since 2005.

“I’m extremely proud of our team today,” said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. “We did a nice job in the final couple of minutes when we were a man down, of playing tough defense.”

Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team by junior midfielder Kelly Custer, sophomore attacker Andi Raymond and freshman defender Michelle Dufault.

The first half was closely contested between the two teams. The Tigers (15-3) held a 2-1 lead following a goal from Custer at 18:13. The Dukes (11-7) responded with a pair of goals as Amy Roguski gave the visitors a 3-2 lead with 10:12 remaining in the half. Sophomore attacker Rhiannon Coogle tied the game at 3-3 with 2:18 remaining in the half. That would be the last goal of the half.

Towson outshot James Madison 8-6 in the first half while controlling six of the seven draw controls.

Custer completed her “hat trick” with a goal at 29:15 to start the second half. James Madison scored three of the next four goals to take a 6-5 lead with 14:25 to go in the game. Monica Zabel scored a pair of goals during that run while Caitlin McHugh scored the goal to put the Dukes on top.

Following McHugh’s goal, LaMonica called timeout to talk to the Tigers.

“I told them during that timeout that we needed to get better on our slide defense and play together,” said LaMonica.

The Tigers’ offense responded following the timeout. Redshirt sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback tied the game at 6-6 off a pass from Raymond. Junior attacker Olivia Turner gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead off a pass from Rohrback. Raymond gave the Tigers an 8-6 lead with 7:09 to play with a beautiful goal as she broke free of the defender behind the net and came around to score.

Roguski scored at 5:14 to pull the Dukes to within one at 8-7.

Both teams were battling and the Tigers received a yellow card with 1:45 remaining. The Tiger defense turned in an excellent performance during that final 1:45, including a big save from Teeters in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.

Teeters made seven saves for her 15th win of the season. Schylar Healy made four saves in the loss for James Madison.

James Madison finished the game, outshooting the Tigers 18-17. Towson controlled 12 of the 17 draw controls in the game.

The Towson offense was led by Custer who had three goals while Turner scored a pair. Raymond had a goal and three assists in the game as well.

Zabel led James Madison with two goals and two assists.

The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, May 5 when they host Monmouth in a play-in game for the NCAA Tournament. First draw in that game will be at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

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Booker, West Lead Way in Towson Football Tiger Bowl

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – In front of 1,564 sun-drenched fans at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Tiger football team held its annual Tiger Bowl II game on Saturday.

The Black team defeated the White team, 21-7.

“Our transfer students and our young players got a lot of kids experience in game situations,” Towson Coach Rob Ambrose commented. “It got the transfer students acclimated to what it means to be Tigers and what it’s like to be play in Unitas Stadium.”

Senior running back Dominique Booker scored two touchdowns as a member of the Black team and impressed Ambrose, who coached the “Turnaround Tigers” to an amazing 9-3 record last season after winning a combined three games over the previous two seasons.

“Dominique is one of the first players in a long time who has the aspect of player-coach,” Ambrose said. “He knows the offense so well his teammates his teammates that he is able to bring a level of confidence to the other members of the team.”

Sophomore running back Terrance West added a seven-yard touchdown run for the Black team. West, who ran for 1,294 yards and scored an FCS-leading 29 touchdowns as a freshman, opened Saturday’s scoring with his burst of power with 1:33 remaining in the first quarter. West had nine carries for 28 yards in the game, while Booker ran seven times for 45 yards.

The White team scored a touchdown with 13:48 remaining in the third quarter when  red shirt freshman quarterback Price Litton connected with tight end Daniel Vaughan for a two-yard touchdown pass, bringing the White team to within 14-7. It was one of four passes Litton completed in the game.

Two other red shirt freshmen had solid games for the Tigers. Quarterback Connor Frazier, a product of Damascus High School, completed 14-of-25 passes for 167 yards for the Black team and wide receiver Navassa Brown had a game-high 141 yards rushing for the White team. Brown scored on an electrifying 67-yard run down the right sideline to open the third quarter before getting tackled out of bounds by junior cornerback Corey Ford.

“Navassa earned his stripes today,” Ambrose said. “He’s got the respect of his team. He did a great job, even though he played out of position a little.”

Senior wide receiver Tom Ryan added five catches for 67 yards, while sophomore wide receiver Derrick Joseph and tight end James Oboh each had three receptions for the Black team.

Defensively, a number of new additions made significant impacts. Sophomore defensive back Jordan Love posted a game-high six tackles for the White team and fellow transfer Brendan Gannon, a defensive tackle, added three tackles.

“Red-shirt” defensive end Stefan Janik had four tackles, including two tackles for loss, and a sack in the Black team victory.

“It was great to watch our young quarterbacks develop during the Spring,” said Ambrose. “They made a lot of progress. They still have a long way to go but they are getting better.

“We could have had a better Spring and our players know that,” Ambrose added. “But, we didn’t have to have this team ready to play now. We have to be ready to play in the Fall and we will be.”

The defending CAA champions open their 2012 season at Kent State on Aug. 30.

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