By DAVE MORRISON
for the Daily Telegraph
MORGANTOWN — If you were looking to learn anything West Virginia’s annual Gold-Blue Spring football game Friday night at Milan Puskar Stadium, you were probably disappointed.
But there is this.
Coley White is as good a quarterback. If in the right system.
Playing a role of “all-time quarterback” White was solid for the Blue team. And, for the Gold team, well, not so good.
Coley Blue was 16-of-25 for 162 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue (starters) rolled the Gold 38-0.
Coley Gold however was 6-of-11 for 27 yards and was picked off twice.
But then, White might not even be playing quarterback by the time the fall rolls around.
“I told Coley, ‘I’m going to move you to slot (receiver) if you wish, but I’m also going to keep your hand in the quarterback mix,’” WVU coach Bill Stewart said afterward. “Coley White stepped up and made plays in our offense. He’s been written off, talked off and probably told he would never be the man. But not by Billy Stewart.”
White, the brother of WVU’s greatest QB, Pat White, said he has more modest goals.
“I just want to help the team,” he said. “God has a plan. I just pray about it. It’s up to Him. I just walk in His footprints. Whatever I can do to help the team.”
Everything else that happened, well, you pretty much knew anyway.
Noel Devine is really good.
And Jock Sanders ain’t bad either.
Devine had 12 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown for the Blue team, which consisted of first-team players. Shawne Alston added 51 yards and a score.
Jock Sanders had eight receptions for 70 yards and Stedman Bailey had three catches for 52 yards but two went for touchdowns from White.
The Blue defense had little trouble shutting down the Gold offense — including White.
The Gold team had just 47 yards of total offense.
“It was nice to see our defense flying around and creating some turnovers,” Stewart said. “We didn’t play a lot of base, we brought a lot of stuff.
White found Jock Sanders early in the fourth as the Blue (or starting unit, except for White) took a 31-0 lead.
White hooked up with Bailey for a second time from 2 yards out late to close out the scoring.
The Blue opened a 24-0 lead early in the third when White found Stedman Bailey from 44-yards out.
In the second quarter, the Blue got a 38-yard field goal from Corey Smith, and Inwood native who transferred to WVU from Alabama and a 7-yard run by Devine, to give the starters a 17-0 lead at the break.
Shawne Alston scored first for the Blue, on a 2-yard run on third-and-goal. The drive was set up by a Jorge Wright interception.
“We now have to gel as a football team, and as a football family,” Stewart said. “We have a good stable of running backs. Our quarterback is going ti lead us as a quarterback. It was nice to see some interchanging on our (offensive line). If our line comes along, I think we are going to be a pretty good football team.”
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In the old-timer’s game, Quincy Wilson caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Jake “The Snake” Kelchner to give the Blue a 6-0 lead.
But Major Harris found John Gay with 30 seconds left to tie it at 6-6.
That is the way it ended.
Steve Newberry, the Peterstown native, intercepted a Major Harris pass at the goal line early n the game.