SHAWNEE—The Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) football team competed in its Spring Game on Sat., April 2 with the Black team defeating the White team, 20-12.

OBU Head Coach Chris Jensen said freshman quarterback Brandon Pollard connected with sophomore wide receiver Josh Pettijohn for the game-winning touchdown for the Black team, and Jensen was very pleased with the game’s outcome.

“It’s entertaining for me to sit back and listen to the coaches talk trash all week and see the players get involved. They really had a lot of fun with it,” Jensen said. “What pleased me is seeing guys who normally don’t get a chance to step up and do really well. You have an opportunity to evaluate a lot of people who may not have that chance in the fall, and you also have the opportunity to evaluate in a game-type setting and see how returning players and starters have progressed in the last three or four months.”

Though he was complimentary of all his position players on OBU’s offense, Jensen praised his wide receiving corps, saying the whole group was very impressive and made big plays. “Of course, for them to get the ball down the field, the quarterbacks have to do a really good job. Both Dez (Stegall) and Brandon gave solid performances.”

The linebackers received high remarks from Jensen. He pointed out Dillon Burley and Brynden Pitzer as two key defensive leaders next season.

The 2016 season will be the Bison’s second year of competition in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference. OBU finished the 2015 campaign at 2-9 with wins over Arkansas-Monticello and Northwestern Oklahoma State.