Emporia State football holds annual spring game


April 21, 2018- (Courtesy: Emporia State Athletics) Pat Briningstool threw two touchdown passes for Team Hornets and Sam Dobbins hit a pair of field goals for Team StingersUp during the Emporia State Spring Football Game on Saturday. The game capped a full day of action at a rainy Jones Field at Welch Stadium that began in the morning with the second annual Legends Game.

With a light rain falling throughout most of the game and a running clock through four ten minute quarters, offense was at a premium.  Briningstool found Kyle Harrison for a 24 yard touchdown pass with 1:07 left in the half and Dobbins extra point gave Team Hornets a 7-0 lead at the half.
At the half members of the Hornets senior class of 2017 were recognized and given their framed jerseys.
After a three and out by Team Hornet to open the second half, Team StingersUp drove down to the 16 yard line before settling for a33 yard field goal by Dobbins with 4:27 left in the third quarter.
On the next possession Kyle Rinck intercepted Briningstool giving Team StingersUp the ball at the 22 yard line.  Dalton Cowan was three of four for 45 yards and added two yards rushing as they drove down to the Team Hornets 15 yard line to end the quarter.  Dobbins connected on a 32 yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to bring Team StingersUp within 7-6.
Briningstool connected with Seth Surface on the final play of the game on an eight yard touchdown pass for the final score of the game as Team Hornets won 13-6.
Defensively each team recorded three sacks.  Parker Bass had two for Team StingersUp for a loss of 13 yards while Carlos Taylor was credited with two sacks for a loss of 16 yards for Team Hornets.
The Hornets are scheduled to open the 2018 season on Thursday, August 30 at Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.
Earlier in the day the Gold team defeated the Black team 44-43 in the second annual Hornet Football Legends Game.  Mitchell Foote was named the MVP of the Gold team after catching two touchdowns and an extra point in addition to throwing for a touchdown.  Tony Phillips was the Black team MVP, throwing for 215 yards and six touchdowns.

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