High School Football

Best & worst from West Virginia’s Gold-Blue spring game

Receiver Jordan Thompson outran safety Rickey Rumph on this 42-yard catch.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Sizing up the highs and lows from the Gold-Blue spring game staged Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium:

Best throw with high-degree of difficulty: Senior walk-on quarterback Logan Moore lofting a 25-yard sideline completion to Vernon Davis Jr.

Best summertime fodder for message boards: Logan Moore should be the starter!

Best special teams moment: Mario Alford bursting 99 yards for paydirt on the opening kickoff.

Worst special teams moment: No one on the coverage unit coming within arm’s length of Alford on the 99-yard runback.

Best block: Andrew Buie leveled redshirt freshman linebacker Alex Brooks with a peel-back hit to spring Logan Moore on a 28-yard scramble.

Worst omen for WVU’s improved pass rush: The Blue team defense managed only three sacks in 95 snaps, though some of that can be attributed to linebacker Brandon Golson sitting out the game with a shoulder injury.

Best boom with no ‘stache: Josh Lambert hammered a 53-yard field goal that carried beyond the camera platform. (“He’s been Mr. Consistency,” said Dana Holgorsen.)

Worst drop, Part I: KJ Myers couldn’t hang on to what should have been a 13-yard touchdown pass from Moore.

Worst drop, Part II: Smallwood, lined up in the slot, let a slant pass slip through his mitts. (“He hasn’t dropped that pass all camp,” said running backs coach JaJuan Seider.)

Best open-field stick: Noted thumper Karl Joseph stopped 218-pound Rushel Shell in his tracks on a swing pass.

Best tackle by a safety not wearing No. 8: Dayron Wilson, the junior-college transfer, cut down Wendell Smallwood on a third-and-2 run that appeared headed for big yardage.

Best reminder you were watching a spring game: Jordan Thompson streaked 42 yards on a second-half catch.

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