Red – Black Game 2017
Spring football was back in Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati after seeing the Bearcats use other facilities the past few years.
Friday night saw a solid crowd of fans come out to support the Bearcats and new head coach Luke Fickell in his Cincinnati coaching debut.
Like most spring games, teams had been divided by a player draft early in the week and play on the field at times was not what you’ll see when the Bearcats open the season in late August in their season opener against Austin Peay.
But, there were a few players on the night that showed out as team Black won 22-6 over team Red.
Senior walk-on kicker Josh Pasley may have enjoyed his best performance as a college player and could still be a guy on the sidelines when the season opens as Andrew Gantz is still coming back from an injury that sidelined him last season.
Pasley made five field goals in his five attempts Friday night that included a 52-yard kick. While many feel, the job will go to Gantz once he’s cleared to kick from all distances, there will still be competition at the position when the Bearcats report in early August for the official start of the 2017 season.
Sophomore quarterback Ross Trail came into Friday’s contest as the second-string signal caller. However, his performance as the Black team signal caller showed he’s not ready to give his golfing buddy Hayden Moore the job without a fight.
Trail completed 15 out of 30 passes for 186 yards without an interception while also rushing 35 yards for a score in the Black team’s 22-6 victory.
Fickell was hired because of his defensive background and the Bearcats showed some as junior defensive back Alex Thomas posted two interceptions on the night. In a losing effort, senior defensive end Lyndon Johnson and redshirt freshman Curtis Brooks each posted two sacks for the Red team while senior middle linebacker Jaylyin Minor showed he’s ready to fill the shoes of Eric Wilson with nine tackles.