Marshall led the white-team offense to three field goals on five first-half possessions. Jones led the white team’s only touchdown drive and showed off his quickness with a 56-yard run down the east sideline. Johnson scored on a 70-yard keeper on the gold team’s second play from scrimmage. Martenson threw the game-winning touchdown pass to walk-on B-back Brady Swilling with 1:32 left in the game, a 61-yarder in which Swilling broke one tackle and bulled through another to reach the end zone.
“I’ve definitely progressed week by week,” Marshall said. “I wouldn’t say I’m where I want to be, because there’s a lot of work I need to improve on over the summer, so that’s going to be my focus going in.”
Defensive tackle Desmond Branch (five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss), defensive end Antonio Simmons (six tackles, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble) and linebacker Brant Mitchell (seven tackles, 2.5 for loss, one forced fumble) were among the defensive standouts for the gold defense.
Attendance was estimated at 7,500, as the spring game’s string of inclement-weather games on Friday nights came to an end on a short-sleeve night in Midtown.