The Whitworth football team closed out 2018 spring practices last Saturday (May 5th) with the fifth annual Spring Fling. With roughly 300 fans, families, alums and recruits on hand – the football team participated in a variety of events. The offense outscored the defense, primarily on the sharp passing of QB's Leif Erickson and Connor Johnson and some impressive route running and catches, particularly by WR Caleb Jones and TE Anthony Ruiz. The offense also dominated the Tug of War led by a big win from Freshmen RB Brayden Corona. The defense fared well in the first 1-Minute situation highlighted by an interception by Gunnar Swannack and in the DL vs OL 7 on 7, featuring 3 interceptions made on deep balls by defensive ends Solo Grey, Chad Wilburg and Charlie Ball.
Spring Fling paused at midpoint for the introduction of a football alum who threw passes for some unique one-on-one match ups. Danny Figuera, offensive coordinator at Mt Spokane High School and former Pirate QB (1991-93), wore his old #6 jersey threw darts to current players and added to the day's festive atmosphere.
Although most events were scored offense vs defense, a few other events featured competition in the four off-season color groups. The Grey team led the scoring and kept their lock on first place. The Crimson & White teams tied for second place while the Black team once again brought up the rear. The Grey team won a new competition this year, Blind-Folded Dodge Ball. While Coach Conor Weise dominated the Coaches Dizzy Bat Punt Competition, earning points for the Crimson team. Running back Brad Mills showed he could not only run the ball, but also has a leg, drilling a high arching field goal for the White team.
Several off-season awards were handed out at the conclusion of the event. Head Coach Rod Sandberg reiterated that the off-season was about being Committed to Excellence and these awards honored those individuals that stood out all winter and spring in their effort, training and commitment to the team.
Before Coach Warren closed the practice in prayer, the team sang Happy Birthday to three players that celebrated their birthdays on Saturday: Tilor Hurliman, Andrew McCoy & Mason Miksch. The event concluded with everyone enjoying lunch catered by Dickeys BBQ.
Coach Sandberg had this to say about the event: "What an incredible day. It was so great seeing our players compete, encourage each other and have fun. Our coaching staff did an amazing job of putting all the work in to make this happen today. We have a vision of this program, to be Life Changing, and it is many little things, like today, that allow that to happen."