Red defeats White in spring football game The Red Team scored 16 fourth-quarter points to edge the White Team, 29-28, in The University of South Dakota football squad's annual spring game at Vermillion High School on Saturday afternoon, March 31.
South Dakota will open the 2001 season at home vs. Winona State on Aug. 30.
Eric Tarasewicz, a senior, had 13 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Red Team's comeback. In this spring game, the White Team was given a 21-point advantage to start the game.
The Red Team scored its initial touchdown on a one-yard run by Tarasewicz in the second quarter. The scoring drive was a 10 play, 70-yard drive in 3:15.
Led by Tarasewicz, the Red Team rolled up 250 yards rushing and had 129 yards passing for 379 total yards. Dusty Stamer had 12 carries for 42 yards in limited action. Ryan Justice completed 12-of-32 passes for 121 yards and one interception.
The White Team had 59 yards passing and 60 yards rushing. Trevor Hightree had eight rushes for 28 yards and a touchdown while Rob Cupich had three carries for 16 yards.
The defenses forced a total of six fumbles, including three interceptions. That effort followed a season in which the Coyotes finished sixth in the nation, first in the North Central Conference, with a plus-16 turnover advantage.
Wade Mitchell, Derek Jelks and Marquis Lewis had pickoffs. The Red Team recorded five sacks, including three by linebacker Dan Chatham and two by Aaron Dietrich, who also recorded a safety, two tackles for loss and seven total tackles. Chatham also had seven tackles and a fumble recovery.
The White Team had two sacks and two fumble recoveries along with one interception. Scott Lilland had eight tackles and three pass breakups. Tad Jones and Chris Richardson had seven tackles for the White Team.
First quarter: WT � spotted 21 points, 12:00. WT 21-0.
Second quarter: RT � Eric Tarasewicz 1-yard run (Jarrod Edelen kick), 0:32. WT 21-7.
Third quarter: RT � Tarasewicz 73-yard run (Edelen kick failed), 11:38. WT 21-13. WT � Trevor Hightree 2-yard run (Filip Filopovic kick), 3:14. WT 28-13.
Fourth quarter: RT � Safety, Aaron Dietrich tackled Hightree in end zone, 11:40. WT 28-15. RT � Tarasewicz 1-yard run (Edelen kick), 10:42. WT 28-22. RT � Ronnie McDougle 12-yard run (Edelen kick), 5:35. RT 29-28.