Lawson leads White past Red

LAFAYETTE — ULL’s Javone Lawson caught three touchdown passes and the White team defense stopped a potential go-ahead scoring drive in the final minutes, as it claimed a 25-19 victory in the annual Red vs. White spring game on Saturday at Cajun Field.

The game officially brought to a close the annual spring practice season for the UL football team, which now will focus on conditioning before opening fall camp in early August.

“I saw two teams out there today who were fighting to win,” head coach Mark Hudspeth said. “I thought both squads started out a little slowly, but after a series or two, the offenses got into a rhythm and started to show what they could do.

“The Red team didn’t do as much offensively as I thought they could, but when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter, they created an opportunity to win the game.”

With the White team ahead, 25-12, following a 30-yard field goal with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter by former West St. Mary High School standout Carlos Alvarez, the Red squad came to life.

Senior quarterback Blane Gautier, who completed 19-of-40 passes for 181 yards and two scores and tossed three interceptions, threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Montrel Carter. The pass was part of a 77-yard scoring drive to pull the Red to within 25-19 with 1:46 left.

On the ensuing kickoff, senior Brett Baer perfectly executed an onside kick to give the Red squad a chance with 1:46 left. After an 11-yard Gautier pass to Darryl Surgent moved the ball into White territory, the White defense buckled down. Christian Ringo sacked Gautier for a six-yard loss on third down at the White 43, and on fourth down, freshman Kevin Fouquier hit Gautier as he was throwing and forced the ball to go off target.

Quarterback Terrance Broadway, a sophomore transfer from the University of Houston who becomes eligible to play after sitting out the 2011 season, completed 10-of-18 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Red offense.

The day, however, belonged to Lawson. He caught a six-yard scoring pass from Broadway with 1:43 left in the first quarter to put the White squad ahead for good and then hauled in a 50-yard scoring pass midway through the second quarter.

“Our receivers really showed what they are capable of doing,” Hudspeth said. “Javone did a nice job of finding the seams in the defense and then making a couple of tough grabs to get into the end zone.”

Former Patterson standout and current ULL cornerback Dexter Aucoin was a member of the White squad.

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