St. Cloud, Minn. – (VIDEO) The reigning NSIC football co-champion St. Cloud State held its annual spring game under perfect weather conditions Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium. The contest which pitted the offense against the defense with special scoring ended in a 29-29 tie.
During a brief half-time ceremony head coach Scott Underwood introduced the newly elected 2012 team captains and spring award winners.
The 2012 captains are senior offensive lineman Andrew Beckmann (Waseca), junior quarterback Phillip Klaphake (Princeton) and senior defensive lineman Chris Rupe (Batavia, Iowa).
The spring award winners are redshirt first year running back Ledell White (Milwaukee, Wis.) Lifter of the Year and Beckmann was given the Ed Johnson Award for dedication to Husky football.
White scored the first touchdown of the game on a three-yard run. The other touchdown was a two-yard pass play from redshirt quarterback Jameson Parsons (Eagan) to redshirt receiver Matt Hentges (Eagan). Eli Shoemaker (Graham, Wash.) successful two-point conversion on a fake extra point attempt ended the duel in a tie.
Senior kick Tyler Aldridge (Woodbury) was two for three in field goal attempts as he made a 32 and 47-yard attempt and missed a 52-yarder.
Klaphake finished the day seven of ten passing for 112 yards. He threw one interception and had a long pass of 36 yards to sophomore Dan Brown (Robbinsdale).
Parsons finished the day six of 14 for 60 yards and one touchdown. His long pass was 26 yards. Senior Brad Meade (Chippewa Falls, Wis.) completed two of four passes for 30 yards.
Junior running back Mike Walker (Walworth, Wis.) rushed the ball eight times for 32 yards.
On the receiving end, redshirt CJ Price (Woodstock, Ill.) caught two passes for 30 yards and junior Damon Treat (Fairfield, Calif.) caught four passes for 55 yards including a 34 yard catch.
The big plays of the day on defense included a quarterback sack by sophomore end Jeff Bias II (Racine, Wis.), a fumble recovery by Rupe and an interception by sophomore defensive back Jarek Kunz (Lake Geneva, Wis.). Kunz returned the INT 27 yards and had three tackles on the afternoon.
Sophomore Kyle Risinger (Excelsior) had four tackles and redshirts Kyle Veloz (Oak Creek, Wis.), Austin Rogers (Kimberly, Wis.) and Patrick Faber (Fridley) each had three tackles.
St. Cloud State is the reigning NSIC co-champion, having posted a 9-3 record in 2011 and advancing to the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs for the second straight year and fourth time in school history.
The Huskies will open the 2012 season at home on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 p.m. against one of the new members of the NSIC, the University of Sioux Falls.