The University of West Alabama Tigers held their final spring game on March 23rd, at Tiger stadium.
The Tigers have had a tight schedule and have been working hard to improve as individuals throughout the spring season. Coach Brent Gilliand brought in many recruits to join in the Tiger family. The spring game showed off their talents and also showed how they each fit well on the team.
Before the game, The Tigers offered pizza to anyone that brought a toy as a donation.
The Red and White scrimmage showed off how ready the Tigers are for the fall season. Each team was divided equally among their talents. The final score of the game was 20-21, with the white team taking home the victory. Bailey Blanchard was a key player for the white team, scoring multiple touchdowns. The red team had three players score touchdowns, including Domminuqe Mcnealy, Bernard Mcghee and Tae Armstrong.
“In the spring, my goal was to stay positive and always focus on the grind,” wide-receiver Tae Armstrong said. “We, as a team, take it one day at a time, and that is how we get better. We have personal standards and goals. To reach those goals we have to continue to stay motivated, but we still have a long way to go.”
The Tigers will return in the fall with a strong offensive lead by seniors Corey Davis, Tae Armstong and Bernard Mcghee. “As a collective unit, I feel as if we took a great step into getting prepared for the next season,” Christian Patterson said.
The Tigers showed teamwork and dedication when it came down to important plays where they needed to make game changing stops.
Greg Thomas, a junior, made a game changing tackle to ensure his team with the win. “It felt great to play out here again and play underneath the lights in front of the crowd,” Thomas said. “We put on a good game for the white squad to show out and get that ‘W.’ It’s honestly the best feeling when you have your brothers grinding with you to make each tackle and to motivate you to do better and to be better.”
In rememberance of Libby Hankins, The Tigers had a moment of silence and as a team formed together in the shape of an L and an H to show that Tigers always stand together. The Tigers have dedicated their season to Libby, and plan to dedicate each win to her.
Photo by Joe Chance