WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - The annual Maroon and Gold Spring Game is a fun time for fans of Midwestern State to get some football in the spring.
But it was business as usual on the field and one of the biggest questions coming into spring ball was a new quarterback at the helm and Head Coach Bill Maskill was quick to say, Zach Purcell is the guy.
“I think he’s gonna be a good field general," Maskill said. "He’s gotta be consistent. There are some throws that were good throws and some that aren’t as good. I think he’s got the tools that can lead us.”
“It means a lot," Junior quarterback Purcell said. "I’ve been grinding here for three years and I’m just happy to play for a bunch of brothers. We all have family here, both maroon and gold, we’re a bunch of brothers.”
Purcell threw for 221 yards for the first game with a new QB coach and offensive coordinator and coach Maskill says he’s happy with the Sky Morningwheg, who’s offense went for 510 total yards yesterday.
“He’s gone from being an offensive line coach to being a full field guy and coaching two new coaches the offense," Maskill said. "So I’m really pleased with where we are at.”
Spring is also a time to find some new talent who may be big contributors and the lead rusher for the gold team is one of those guys.
“Quinton Childs is not a new guy," Purcell said. "He’s been here for years, but he’s at a new position.
At running back, he’s been able to show what he can do as a talent and I’ve been really impressed watching him grow into a running back this spring.”
“Childs had a couple of early runs, he’s gonna be a good back," Maskill said.
Midwestern state kicks off its 20-19 season on September 7th at division one... F-C-S opponent... Northwestern State.