The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

April 27, 2013

Marshall’s annual Green and White Game set for today

HUNTINGTON — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That might not apply to Marshall’s defense or its inability to close games last season, but it does reflect the team’s approach to the annual Green and White Game, which will kick off at 2 p.m. today at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The format for the event, which will bring to a close the Thundering Herd’s spring practice for another year, will resemble what the team has followed since the first session on March 26.

The offense will wear green and the defense will wear white. The first two quarters will be starters versus starters with the game clock running normally.

The scoring system for the game will be based on several offensive and defensive categories. Offensive points will be awarded by first downs, plays over 20 yards and touchdowns, while defensive points will be awarded by forced turnovers, forced punts, sacks, tackles for loss and defensive scores.

Similar to the team’s previous spring scrimmages, after the first half is complete, there will be another untimed series of plays that will be situational. There will be no live special teams plays.

“We have decided that sticking with the offense vs. defense theme for the spring game gives us the best chance to improve as a team,” Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. “There are a lot of guys flying around out here and I like what I have seen thus far. I want to continue that theme and finish the spring strong. Our fans will get to see our team compete in all situations. If you have been to one of the scrimmages this spring, you know that these guys are competing at a high level and having fun.”

As usual, Marshall players will be signing autographs after the game.

The west, annex and softball parking lots will open at 9 a.m. Parking is $20 per spot on the day of the game. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under.

Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. Seating will be on the west side only and all fans, including Marshall students, must enter through Gates A, B and C. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students who do not have a ticket prior to the game must be prepared to present a valid MU ID at the gates.

“We have a good amount of youth out here and the more reps they get the better,” Holliday said. “It’s always a good day when our great fan base can get out and see some of our returning faces along with our new ones. I know our young guys will be thrilled to slap their signatures on some T-shirts and posters for our fans after the game. The focus of spring ball is for us to get much better as a football team, and we’re doing that.”

The stadium’s Gate A ticket office will open at 10 a.m. for the Choose-Your-Seat program.

Not all seats will be available for sale until after the renewal deadline on May 10. Customer service representatives will be available to answer all questions regarding season tickets. Open seats will not be marked.

The spring game is not today’s lone attraction.

The annual turning on ceremony of the Memorial Fountain will take place at 11 a.m., and former Thundering Herd players Omar Brown and Albert McClellan of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Mario Harvey of the Indianapolis Colts and Vinny Curry of the Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to attend.

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