DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern closed out the spring season in football on Saturday with the conclusion of the 2017 Blue and White game which saw the Blue team hold on for a 28-24 victory over White.
This season's Spring Game featured an adjustment form the previous versions under head coach Bo Atterberry, as instead of squaring off with the offense facing the defense, the teams were divided so as to have both offenses and defenses and the game was played just like a normal contest with a few modifications.
"I was very pleased with how the spring game went," said Atterberry, "The format change went well and it gave us a chance to see guys compete in a more traditional game environment."
"We put a lot of work in this spring," he continued, "And it was good to see that pay off with guys stepping up and making plays. It was also good to get out in front of the fans. We want to thank them for coming out to support us as we finish up the spring."
The game opened slowly with the Blue team striking at the 9:39 mark of the first quarter when Rollin Kinsaul connected with Tyler Stovall for a 54 yard score to take a 7-0 lead.
White answered with a 24 yard Joel Carlos field goal at the 5:15 mark to trim it to 7-3.
Kinsual would use his legs to get Blue back in the endzone early in the second with an eight yard run for a 14-3 lead.
White would finally find an offensive answer when Austin Skinner would match Kinsaul with a running score at the 9:43 mark to make it 14-10.
Kinsaul would bounce back and hit Stovall for a five-yard score at the 5:41 mark to push the edge back out to 21-10.
Skinner came back on the next drive and capped it by hitting Jaylen Sims for a 31 yard touchdown to close to 21-17.
White would get a stop on defense last in the quarter, but at the 1:53 mark Josh Atkinson would snag a Skinner pass and return it 33 yards for a pick-six and a 28-17 lead.
The game would slow heading into the second half as Ryan Taylor would score on a two-yard TD run in the third quarter for the White to close the gap to 28-24.
Blue was late in the third and looked to be near punching it in to open the fourth, but White forced a fumble and preserved the score at 28-24 which is where it would finish.