Missouri Western holds annual spring football game

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The Missouri Western offense was able to overcome troubles in the first half to win the annual Black and Gold Spring Football Game against the defense.
The offense was lead by senior quarterback Dom Marino who threw for three touchdown passes, and freshman James Bailey who rushed for two touchdowns in a narrow 42-38 victory. Senior wide receiver Elijah Cunningham was able to haul in three touchdown passes as well.
Coach Matt Williamson was happy with how the offense ran the ball.
“We ran the ball really well tonight,” Williamson said. “On the offensive side of the ball we had two offensive lines that looked real productive. They struggled at times in passing situations, but running the ball, I was really pleased.”
Offensive coordinator David Brown feels like the offense is getting better at running the pistol offense.
“Our guys have made lots of strides this spring,” Brown said. “We’re a lot better now than going into practice one. That’s the biggest thing you want to see.”
Marino said that he’s growing comfortable with the pistol offense.
“The pistol [offense] is good,” Marino said. “I’ve never actually had the same offense two years in a row, so I’ve learned how to adjust.”
Williamson praised the quarterbacks for showing their leadership on the field.
“Our quarterbacks kinda ran the show,” Williamson said. “There’s a lot of vocal leadership there, and that’s what we’ve been looking for this whole spring.”
Williamson also enjoyed what he saw on the defensive side of the ball.
“I saw some tackles for losses, some sacks and some really good things,” Williamson said. “I thought we tackled good at times too, but at times you miss one tackle here, fit one gap wrong there and that’s why we gave up too many big runs. I thought they played hard; they brought the hats and were very physical, which I like.
Williamson felt great about giving many guys reps in the game.
“We had a lot of guys that’ll be playing for us next year, which is awesome to get them reps underneath these lights,” Williamson said. “It was a really cool deal and I think the atmosphere was good.”
Marino has high expectations going into the season.
“I have a lot of personal goals,” Marino said. “But obviously we want to have a winning season. We’ve lost for too long around here and our first game is against Northwest [Missouri State] and we want to start 1-0.”
Western will open their season at Maryville on August 30.