Wilkerson seals win for Gold

Coach Maskill talking to his players before the annual Maroon and Gold spring game. / Source: KAUZ
Coach Maskill talking to his players before the annual Maroon and Gold spring game. / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Senior quarterback Javin Kilgo's 1-yard keeper turned out to be the difference in Gold's 9-2 win over Maroon Saturday in the 29th annual Maroon & Gold Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.
But it was the stout defense led by sophomore defensive back Marcus Wilkerson which made the difference stand up.
The Houston Davis High product paced all tacklers with eight stops including four of the solo variety. Wilkerson also proved to be the playmaker intercepting Layton Rabb's pass in the end zone at the end of the first quarter to rob Maroon of its best chance of scoring.
Wilkerson closed the game by picking off Rabb's Hail Mary as time expired to seal the victory for the Gold squad. He looks to build off of a solid redshirt-freshman campaign in which he finished with 21 tackles and a blocked kick.
The offenses managed to combine for 345 total yards of offense with each team making one excursion into the red zone. Gold was able to convert on its chance, while Maroon did not.
Junior running back Chris Smith accounted for 42 of his 95 rushing yards on Gold's scoring drive going for 21 yards on the squad's first play from scrimmage before Kilgo polished off the 7-play, 56-yard drive with a 1-yard TD just over four minutes into the game.
Rabb, who connected on 9-of-19 passes for 118 yards, moved Maroon into scoring position hitting D.J. Myers for 24 yards before hitting a Bryce Martinez for a 29-yard to gain set the squad up at the Gold 10-yard line.
After two rushes moved the ball to the 6, Rabb's pass to Martinez was broken up by Wilkerson in the end zone, then his attempt on fourth down was too tall for Damian Lindley.
Sophomore defensive end Quailon Haynes provided Maroon's only points when he touched up Braeden Kent for a safety with 1:47 to play in the first half.
The lone two points of the second half also came on a safety as junior defensive Alec DiVelerio sacked Andrew Sober in the end zone with 2:08 to play.
Junior Nicholas Gabriel paced Maroon's ground attack with 41 yards on 10 carries, while senior wideout D.J. Myers had five receptions for 56 yards to pace the receiving corps.
Haynes closed out an exceptional game with five tackles with three stops for loss accounting for Maroon's lone points on the safety.
Nine difference players accounted for tackles for loss for the Gold squad as Tristan Shearman, Jeremiah Mitchell, Michael Berry and DiValerio all recorded sacks.
It was the first win for the Gold squad since taking a 24-21 win in 2014. Since 2006, Maroon leads the series, 7-5.
Midwestern State opens its 2017 campaign at Memorial against Quincy (Ill.) on Thursday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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