Jason Madkins, a 6-5 transfer wide receiver from Navarro Junior College caught two touchdown passes including a 61-yard score to lead the White to a 35-14 victory over the Orange in the annual Sam Houston State spring football game Saturday morning at Bowers Stadium.
Senior quarterback Ryan Hinojosa, a transfer from Hardin-Simmons who red-shirted last season for the Bearkats, completed 10 of 19 for 180 yards and two touchdowns as the White starting quarterback. Backup Jordan Williams hit on three for seven passes for 81 yards and a score.
Jeff Welch completed 14 of 28 passes for 129 yards and a score. Taylor Weidman was three of nine for 36 yards.
TyMagic Robinson led all rushers with 10 carries for 68 yards including one touchdown. Randy Stewart was a standout defensively with nine tackles and an interception.
The Orange opened the scoring on its first possession as quarterback Jeff Welch scored on a 13-yard run to cap a 10-play, 56-yard drive. The key play on the drive was a six-yard pass to tight end Daniel Glover on third down to give the Orange a first down at the White 18.
Defensive back D. J. Emerson, a transfer from SMU, intercepted a Welch pass at the 50-yard line and returned the ball 26 yards to the Orange 24 to set up the White?s first score. Three plays later, with 2:29 to play in the first quarter, Ryan Hinojoza passed 17 yards to transfer tight end John Clark to tie the contest 7-7.
The White scored again to go up 14-7 with 8:48 to play in the second quarter. Hinojoza hit Jake Lebens for a 52-yard pass to the Orange 31 yard line, then Tymagic Robinson burst through the line for a 28-yard scoring run.
Another Hinojosa touchdown pass, this time to transfer wide receiver Jason Madkins put the White ahead 21-7. The 10-yard scoring toss completed a nine-play, 71-yard drive. Two 17-yard passes by Hinojosa to Justin Wells, the to the Orange 43 and the second to the Orange 13 yard line were important plays in the drive.
The Orange bounced back just halftime, driving 80-yards in 12 plays. Welch found tight end Paul Mansfield open across the middle for a 20-yard scoring play to make the halftime score White 28, Orange 14.
The White scored the final touchdown of the spring game on its second drive of the second half, going 84 yards in seven plays. Madkins took a short pass from Jordan Williams for a 61-yard score with 5:05 left in the third quarter.