Fisher outshines Keith in annual spring game


Senior quarterback David Fisher gets sacked during the Spring Football Game. The Gold Team defeat the Blue Team on Saturday’s game, 21-0. Photo by Rachel Kilroy.

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Junior college transfer David Fisher threw two touchdowns Saturday during Kent’s annual spring Blue and Gold game to lead the Gold team to a 21-0 victory.

Between Fisher and junior running back Dri Archer, the Gold team used big plays in the third quarter to grab the victory. Archer broke a long 66-yard touchdown down the sideline that made head coach Darrell Hazell draw comparisons to a player he formerly coached.

“[Archer] reminded me of Teddy [Guinn] when he hit that one corner,” Hazell said. “There’s a narrow seam and he hits it, then there’s no more angles for the defense.”

To open up the scoring, Blue team senior quarterback Spencer Keith threw an interception, one of two for him on the day, to junior C.J. Steward. The turnover set up a 17-yard touchdown to sophomore tight end Xavier Douglas.

History was made when freshman April Goss became the first female ever to score a point in a Kent spring Blue and Gold game to put the Gold on top 7-0.

The fireworks didn’t end there.

Fisher evaded several defenders and found senior wide receiver Tyshon Goode for a long 51-yard touchdown. So far this spring, Fisher has worked hard to get acclimated to the Kent State offense.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming in the first day of spring ball and definitely had a rocky couple or three weeks,” Fisher said. “It’s a new offense for me. I’ve never been in an offense like this. Ending with this spring game, I feel a lot of confidence. I just have to keep growing and growing.”

Defense dominated first half

Before halftime, it would have been hard to believe that three touchdowns would be scored in the third.

At the half, neither side had more than 70 total yards of offense. Strong defensive pressure by both defensive lines caused chaos for both teams.

Junior defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix made noise in the backfield with a couple of big hits while senior Darius Petraitis collected three solo tackles and a sack in his final game in a Kent State uniform.

Senior defensive back Darius Polk led in tackles with seven in the game, while Steward and senior defensive back Norman Wolfe had an interception each.

Most of the pressure by the defense was due to the lack of offensive linemen for both teams. Junior lineman Tom Pizzurro went down in the second quarter that caused every coach to worry.

“You hold your breath,” Hazell said. “Those are hard deals. We just moved Tommy Pizzurro to center a couple days ago, and he’s done a great job there. It was hard to see him go down.”

Final spring quarterback battle

Fisher made a strong impression heading into the summer by completing 7-of-11 passes for two touchdowns.

Keith, on the other hand, struggled all afternoon, completing just 10-of-26 passes and throwing two interceptions. Keith played the first, third and fourth quarter as well as Fisher.

Spring practice is now officially over as the team heads into strength training until summer workouts start in late July.

Contact Matt Lofgren at [email protected] or on Twitter at @MLofgrenDKS.