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Photo by Al Case, Ashland Daily
Photo by Al Case, Ashland Daily
Football - Sat, May 6, 2017

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AJ Cooper's interception return with 3 minutes 55 seconds to play was the difference in the annual Red and White Game at Raider Stadium, as the White team snatched a 14-7 victory in the culmination of four weeks of spring practice.

Cooper, who is slated to be a third-year starter at cornerback in 2017, picked off Red quarterback Sean Smith 15 yards outside of the end zone and brought it in untouched to break a 7-7 tie. On the first play of the White squad's ensuing drive, Clayton Jones came up with an interception and, afterMarcus Montano missed a potential game-clinching field goal,Keegan Lawrence picked off Smith with 1:08 left to seal the deal.

White team quarterback Tanner Trosin - back on the field after sustaining a season-ending injury in the second game of 2016 - completed 10 of 24 passes for 229 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown psas to Isaac Hurd midway through the second quarter. He also hit newcomer Devin Benjamin four time for 113 yards, while Matt Boudreaux and Brock Martinhad two catches apiece.

Smith went 11-for-26 for 115 yards. Louis Macklin turned one of his completions into a 24-yard touchdown to tie the game with 5:50 left in the third, shortly after Macklin's 17-yard run put the Red team in striking distance. Smith also connected with Bronsen Ader four times for 58 yards and Caden Johnson and Austin May recorded two receptions apiece.

Prior to Cooper's game-winning play, Jeret Musser picked off Trosin to give the Red squad a chance to take the lead.

Sean Rogers made a game-high six tackles for the Red team, including two sacks. Keegan Lawrence led the White team with five tackles, and transfer Greg Baul added a pair of sacks.

On the ground, Cameron Daugherty rushed seven times for 33 yards and Michael Roots netted 26 yards on six carries for the White team.

At halftime, first-year SOU head coach recognized the following players as the most improved of the spring:

Lineman:Christmas Aumua
Tight End: Ben Bachman
Wide Receiver:Matt Boudreaux
Running Back: Michael Roots
Quarterback: Tanner Trosin

Lineman: Noah Johnson
Linebacker:Stanford Toloke
Cornerback:William Brown
Safety: Jeret Musser