KSU football prepares for Black and Gold game

Brian Jones

Friday marked practice No. 14 for the Kennesaw State football team, and it was the final practice before the Black and Gold game, which will take place on Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.  The team wore shells (helmets, jerseys and shorts) and worked out at the Perch for an hour.

The fourteenth practice was a tune-up for the spring game. The offense worked on running the triple-option and throwing the deep ball, while the defense worked on basic formations.

The Black and Gold game not only marks the end of the first year for the program, but it also will set the tone for the second year as kickoff for the 2015 season is only five months away.

“I want to see our guys go compete, have some fun, fly around, enjoy the atmosphere of Fifth Third Bank Stadium, and all the people watching the game,” Bohannon said. “They have practiced 40-something times, now let’s go have some fun. That is what the game is about.”

Here are some things than fans need to know about the first spring game for the Owls:

The first 3,500 fans will receive a Scrappy bobblehead courtesy of Fifth Third Bank, and they will also receive an inaugural season schedule poster. The gates open at 12 p.m.

However, fans need to get there way earlier than noon because the Owl Walk beings at 10:45 a.m. The bus with the players will arrive at the corner of George Busbee and Big Shanty, and the team will walk through the Fan Zone, enter the stadium and head to the locker room.

As for the format of the Black and Gold game, the first half will have two 15-minute quarters and a normal-length halftime. After halftime, the coaches will determine how they want to time the second half. The point totals will be tallied by a member of the coaching staff, and the winning team will determine what color jerseys it will wear in the fall.

“We’re going to split the team up, have two sidelines, split the coaching staff up,” Bohannon said. “Obviously, you’re going to have the Gold versus the Black on the scoreboard, but we’re going to have another competition of “O” versus “D” with a point system for their choice of jersey color for the fall (practice).

The offensive scoring system will consist of five points for a touchdown, three points for a field goal, one point for an explosive play and one point for third or fourth-down conversions. The defensive scoring system will include five points for a turnover, two points for a touchdown, three-points for a three-and-out, two points for a red zone field goal and one point for a fourth-down stop.

For fans that want to get a glimpse of what the team will look like this upcoming season, Fifth Third Bank Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m. is the place to be because the next time the Owls will be on their home turf is September 12 when they face Edward Waters.

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