Russ, Lakes lead Orange to 14-0 victory in spring game

Russ, Lakes lead Orange to 14-0 victory in spring game

Freshman running back Alex Lakes rushed for a game-high 109 yards and redshirt freshman quarterback John Russ threw two second half touchdowns to lead the Orange team in a 14-0 win over the White team in the Mercer football 2014 Spring Game on Saturday.

MACON, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – Freshman running back Alex Lakes rushed for a game-high 109 yards and redshirt freshman quarterback John Russ threw two second half touchdowns to lead the Orange team in a 14-0 win over the White team in the Mercer football 2014 Spring Game on Saturday.

Lakes piled up 109 yards on 13 carries while Russ shook off a slow first half to finish the afternoon with 126 passing yards on 13 completions.  Defensively, the Orange team was paced by redshirt freshman linebacker Michael Rainwater’s six total tackles and freshman linebacker Grant Wiles’ two sacks.

Sophomore tight end Derrick Owings and sophomore wide receiver Hunter MacKay each pulled in three receptions as Russ spread his 13 completions to seven different targets.  Freshman running back Jetarri Donald topped all players with 47 receiving yards, highlighted by 41-yard touchdown that broke a scoreless tie with 1:40 to go in the third quarter.

Later, Russ found MacKay on a slant route for a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the game’s scoring.  The Orange squad finished the afternoon with a 14-2 advantage in first downs while racking up 253 yards of total offense.

Freshman running back Diron Chloe led the White team with 46 rushing yards on 13 attempts, while freshman quarterback Josh Moore converted 4-of-6 passing attempts for 47 yards.

The White defense was led by freshman linebacker Tyler Ward, who tallied a game-high 13 tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss and a sack.  Sophomore defensive back Zach Jackson added a pair of pass breakups.

The game marked the conclusion of the team’s 2014 spring practice schedule.

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