Newcomers highlight Campbellsville U.’s spring football clash

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Three new quarterbacks plus a pair of transfer runners

By Bobby Brockman


Almost 1,000 people showed up for a Monday-night spring football game at Campbellsville University last week and head coach Perry Thomas was pleased with the turn-out, which was rescheduled from the previous Thursday.
“It was the best atmosphere we’ve had for a spring game since we’ve been here. It was almost game like,” Thomas said. “I appreciate everybody coming out – the fans and the student body. I appreciate everything the athletic department did to create this atmosphere. I think our guys really felt the love on campus tonight. It was a good night of football and a great way to end the spring.”
Four quarterbacks saw action for CU with each throwing a quarterback and combining for 551 yards passing.
Returning starter Bryan Parnes and redshirt freshman Tajh Milliken (Louisville Central) paced the Maroon squad to the 37-28 win over the White team, which was led by redshirt freshmen Taylor Davis (Beechwood) and Eli Mitchell (John Hardin).
“I thought it was a complete game. Our guys competed well on both sides of the ball,” Thomas said. “The defense got after it early and then toward the end you saw some offensive guys make some big plays. There was a lot of hard hitting and guys flying around making things happen.”
A pair of transfer running backs also caught the fans’ eyes as 6-1, 220-pounder Ben Axon had a 45-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for the Maroons and Larry Walls (5-10, 190) broke free on the White team’s first play.
The top receivers were redshirt freshman Jacob Lamb (6 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown) and Demytreus Gipson (3-107 with two scores, Junior Nick Reed lead the Maroon defense with nine tackles, four for solos, while freshmen Randall Dunlap and Stephon Tanga had eight each for the Whites. During half-time, Campbellsville University recognized nearly 40 of its signees for the fall.

Notes of interest
• Campbellsville University now has five men’s high school and three women’s prep signees for the 2013-14 basketball teams.
Keith Adkins has inked Trinity’s  DeMarcus Page and Miles Rice, Quin Richardson (Scott County), Kody Johnson (Pulaski County) and Elliott Young (Bullitt East). Ginger Colvin’s newcomers so far are: Madison Clements (Monroe County), Macie Spence (Montgomery County) and Autumn Bell (Monticello) plus a commitment from Leeann Grider (Russell County).
• Dominique Hawkins is the 30th signee in John Calipari’s five-season tenure. Calipari also has had 11 one-and-done players leave for the NBA.
• While Louisville returns 19 starters and 53 lettermen for its football team, don’t be surprised if the talented Cardinals lose more than quarterback Teddy Bridgewater early to the NFL after the 2013 season.