All attendees were first greeted in the atrium of the George Gervin GameAbove Center, where Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Operations, Ben Hermann, and his team, hosted their biannual adidas gear sale. From hats to shirts, game-worn jerseys, and more, hundreds of fans walked out equipped to show their EMU pride.
Inside the stadium, the festivities continued as area food trucks joined in the evening of community entertainment to provide plenty of refreshment options for attendees.
Of course, the Kids Club was open for action as bouncy houses, photo ops and free Easter eggs filled with candy and other items were available.
Then, of course, there was football.
Divided into two separate teams, the green team won 10-7. The game, which featured 12-minute running quarters (as opposed to the standard 15-minute quarters in regulation games), saw the white team make a comeback, but ultimately fell short.
How did it happen
It was Team Green who came out shooting as they walked quickly down the field before connecting on a 53-yard deep field goal off the leg of Jesus Gomez (Puebla, Mexico-Prepa Tec Puebla). This put the green team ahead, 3-0. Later in the first half it was junior Samson Evans (Crystal Lake, Illinois-Prairie Ridge, Iowa) who found the ground paid as he struck it just outside the goal line. This score put the green team into a 10-0 halftime lead.
After the break, both defenses showed great adaptation. The white team came up to the board via a Tanner Knue (Mason, Ohio-Mason) touchdown strike in the third quarter. The junior scored the only score of the second half. Despite walking down the field with just seconds on the clock in the fourth quarter, the white team was unable to connect on an equalizing goal and the green team celebrated the win.
Team Green dominated the first half, taking a 10-0 lead at halftime intermission. Overall, the team’s offense rushed 17 plays for 116, averaging 6.8 yards per play.
Defensively, Team Green was also solid in the first half, limiting Team White to eight plays for 28 yards.
Despite the halftime differentials, the game ended very close in many statistical categories, including first downs (Green – 8, White – 7), yards per carry (Green – 3.9, White – 3.1), pass completions (five each on 10 and 11 attempts, respectively) and yards (White – 176, Green – 129).
The Eagles will enjoy some downtime before starting summer training sessions and finally preparing for the start of fall football camp and the 2022 regular season in early August. For the most up-to-date information on the UEM football program, keep visiting EMUEagles.com and @EMUFB on social media.