Turnovers and late stop help Green to 32-31 win over White

Turnovers and late stop help Green to 32-31 win over White
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Turnovers and late stop help Green to 32-31 win over White

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Chet Anderson Stadium) -- The defense came up victories for the second year in a row during the Bemidji State University football program’s annual Green and White Spring Game Sunday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium. Defensive backs John Vogeler and Jake West each recorded an interception to help lead the “Gang Green” defense over the offense.

Upcoming seniors Andrew Lackowski and Joe Woods served as the team captains for the white squad and upcoming seniors Michael Junker and John Vogeler served as captains for the green team. The team started the day with a tough run drill and continued with team drills in between each quarter. The other drills included board drill, goal line one-on-ones and Michigan drill.

The defense opened up with a stop on fourth down against the offense during the very first possession of the day. Freshman Brandon Alt led the White down the field in his first reps on the field, capping off a touchdown drive with a pass to Lackowski from about 10 yards out.

Vogeler and West each made interceptions to help keep the defense ahead on the scoreboard through the majority of the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jared Henning led a drive down the field in the final minutes to give the offense a late lead, 31-30. A missed field goal attempt gave the defense the final points and the win, 32-31.

The Green squad has now taken two straight and three of the last four Green and White Spring Games. Bemidji State begins the 2018 season at home Thursday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. against Northern State University.

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).