CHESTNUT HILL - Chase Rettig closed out the spring in style, completing 20-of-29 passes for 182 yards in the 19th annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game played by the Boston College football team at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
"I felt pretty comfortable," said Rettig, who led the offense (White Team) to a narrow 36-35 victory over the defense(Maroon Team). "We had a couple scrimmages each weekend before this, and those really helped me lead to this."
Counting touchdowns and field goals, the offense put up a grand total of ten points. The game's only touchdown came on a bootleg scramble by redshirt freshman Shane Cranmore. Nate Freese accounted for the other three points, connecting on a 37-yard field goal from the left side. Freese also missed a 35-yard field goal in the first half.
"We're getting better," said Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani. "I see some players stepping up, some nice things going. It is a practice even though we call it a game."
Mike Javorski had a solid game for the Eagles, racking up 82 yards on 20 carries. Tahj Kimble rushed for 37 yards on 13 carries, including a long run of 16 yards. BC senior running back Montel Harris even got into the action, scramble for a short gain on the very first play of the ballgame before taking himself out.
Dave Shinskie also saw time under center, completing 9-of-15 passes for 103 yards, but was sacked four times.
"I thought I did well," said Shinskie. "I could have been better. I thought some of my passes were off a little bit, I don't know if it was because of the cold. Our offense won today, but we need to get a lot better."
Mike Marscovetra made 4-of-14 passes for 35 yards and threw and interception and Josh Bordner completed just 2-of-6 passes for 21 yards and was sacked once.
In the receiving game, tight end Lars Anderson stole the spotlight, making seven catches for 78 yards, including a long completion of 18 yards. Bobby Swigert made six catches for 68 yards and Clyde Lee had three catches for 27 yards for Boston College.
Will Thompson, a senior linebacker, had the game's only interception (off of Marscovetra) and returned it for 15 yards.
Game Notes (from BCEagles.com)
At the conclusion of the game, head coach Frank Spaziani announced to the team that junior wide receiver Hampton Hughes (Dallas, Texas), a graduate of Jesuit College Prep, has been awarded a scholarship.
Former Eagle and current Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan spoke to the team prior to the game and joined several former Eagles on the sideline during the game.