by Falcons Sports Information Department
Raleigh, NC (April 14) – Spurred by five interceptions, the White team toppled the Blue team 29-21 in the Saint Augustine’s University Spring Football Game at the George Williams Athletic Complex on Saturday.
Defensive back Demonte Hines (Fr./Washington, DC) led the way with two interceptions for the White, made up of defensive players. Hines was one of four players who picked off a pass. The others were defensive backs Teyon Davis and Sidney Lawson, and linebacker Larry Blanton (So./Charlotte, NC).
Davis provided the biggest highlight for the defense. His spectacular one-handed interception grab while falling down was reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr.’s famous catch four years ago.
“We were in cover three and I went to backpedal,” Davis said. “I saw the quarterback roll out so I stayed as deep as the wide receiver. I saw the ball and went up for it. I made the same play a couple of times in practice, but never in a game.”
The White team dominated much of the scrimmage. The defense scored points on interceptions, tackles for loss and sacks. An interception counted three points while a tackle for loss and sack were one point each.
“Our defense is going to be loaded,” SAU Head Coach Tim Chavous said. “If the season had started Saturday, they would have been ready. I really love everything that [defensive coordinator and former SAU All-America linebacker] Kevin Jones is doing. He has the defense rolling.”
Offensively, the Blue team came alive during the scrimmage with three touchdowns. Jeremiah Bridges caught scoring passes from Darryl “D.J.” Johnson (Jr./Richmond, VA) and Michael Young (Fr./Jacksonville, FL), and Marquis Williams scored on a long run. Sean Smith (R-Jr./Valdosta, GA) successfully booted all three extra points.
The Falcons open the regular season Sept. 1 on the road against Division I Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., at 1 p.m. Last season, the Falcons tied for the best CIAA mark in the Southern Division for the first time in recent memory.