Missouri S&T wrapped up its spring football season April 30 with an intrasquad game and several players made big impressions as the white team came away with a 29-14 victory on a rainy evening at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.
Chad Shockley, who missed much of the 2009 season with an injury, had 170 yards on nine receptions and caught two of the three touchdown passes thrown by redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Welbern.
The three Miner quarterbacks competing for the starting job in the fall -- Welbern, Steve Watson and Matt Elliott -- combined to complete 19-of-31 passes for 338 yards in the game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the white team went on top on redshirt freshman Adam Peden's 29-yard field goal. The green squad answered back quickly, as Welbern connected with Kevin Dillon for a 71-yard scoring pass to give that side a 7-3 lead.
The white team reclaimed the lead with a scoring drive that culminated in Jerome Miller's 3-yard scoring run, then extended its lead near the end of the first half when Welbern, who saw playing time for both teams, hit Shockley for a 36-yard scoring pass on a fourth down play.
Elliott, another redshirt freshman, closed the margin to two when he ran into the end zone from 10 yards out midway through the third period.
However, Welbern and Shockley connected twice for big pass plays on the white team's next possession, first for 32 yards to get into green territory and then for 31 yards and a touchdown.
The final white touchdown was scored by Miller on a 3-yard run before the game was called on account of lightning.
Welbern combined to complete five of his nine pass attempts for 173 yards and the three scores. Elliott was 5-of-10 for 70 yards for the green squad, while Steve Watson, a senior, completed his first five passes of the night and ended up 9-of-12 overall for 95 yards.
Terrance Lockett had five tackles and recovered a fumble, the only turnover in the game, for the green team, while Mark Hopkins had four stops to lead the white squad.