Maroon defeats White in annual Spring Game


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Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego observes as his team plays in the Spring Game on April 21 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Fans young and old gathered at Kelly/Shorts Stadium to watch the Central Michigan football team play in its annual Spring Game. 

Team Maroon defeated Team White, 29-22, on April 21 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Team Maroon was the offense and Team White was the defense. 

For the offense, a touchdown was worth six points, a point-after attempt was one point and a field goal was three points. 

On defense, a stop was two points, a three and out was three points, a fourth down stop was four points, a turnover or blocked kick was worth six points, a safety was five points and a touchdown was eight points. 

In the game, senior quarterback Tommy Lazzaro threw an early touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Tony Palmer to tie the game between Team Maroon and Team White, 7-7. 

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Central Michigan senior quarterback Tommy Lazzaro reacts to throwing a touchdown in CMU's Spring Game on April 21 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Sophomore quarterback Tony Poljan, who is competing with Lazzaro for the starting job under center, threw touchdown passes to redshirt freshman Jack Combs and junior Damon Terry. 

“The Spring Game was more alive this year than ever before,” said senior linebacker Alex Briones. “I could hear the fans and all the music playing. We had terrible weather over the past couple of weeks, so it was nice get out and get some sun.”

The special teams unit also put points on the board, as senior kicker Michael Armstrong drilled a field goal. 

“It was good,” said senior defensive lineman Mitch Stanitzek. “A lot of guys showed up and proved they could play. I think we got better. We took it like it was a game and went live.”

The CMU Spring Game also featured former Chippewas in attendance, including six-time NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

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Former Central Michigan wide receiver Antonio Brown greets fans at Kelly/Shorts Stadium during CMU's Spring Game on April 21.

“It’s always an honor to come back where things started to see the environment,” Brown said. “It’s still a championship culture and there’s a lot of love and support out here.”

Other former CMU players at the game were Cooper Rush, Shane Morris, Corey Willis, Mark Chapman and Tyler Conklin.  

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