Dogs make progress in spring | Sports


Any thoughts of Mississippi State having a traditional spring game were washed away by showers this past weekend.

However, a little wet weather did not stop coach Joe Moorhead and his Bulldogs from accomplishing what they wanted to during a situational scrimmage inside Davis Wade Stadium.

“It was a good day and we were certainly very excited,” Moorhead said. “In terms of spring games, the format was a little disjointed but it was what we needed to do based on our numbers at certain positions. I thought we got a lot out of it and walked off the field better than we walked on it.”

The spring game certainly kept the scoreboard operator busy as the Maroon team — which consisted of mostly first teamers — beat their White counterparts, 50-10.

Maroon quarterback Keytaon Thompson got off to a slow start, competing just three of his first 10 pass attempts.

Thompson managed to turn things around late and finished the day 9 of 18 through the air for 106 yards and three touchdowns.

“I just settled down and really just realized that I still have to play football,” Thompson said.

“It was kind of wet out there and a lot of the circumstances were a little weird for me and wasn’t like other spring games. But you just have to learn to fight through those things and still execute at a high level.”

Thompson tossed two touchdowns to Austin Williams on plays of 5 and 10 yards and ended the scrimmage with another 5-yard scoring strike to Onesimus Mitchell.

Kylin Hill carried nine times for 47 yards and scored a 1-yard touchdown while Nick Gibson added 35 yards on eight attempts and scored on runs of 8 and 5 yards for the Maroon.

The Maroon defense also got into the scoring mix with Aaron Brule bringing back an interception 53 yards for a touchdown.

Junior defensive end Marquiss Spencer of Greenwood recorded a safety.

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