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Weber State football: Smith leads Purple team to spring win

First Published Apr 19 2014 04:37 pm • Last Updated Apr 22 2014 04:58 pm

Ogden • Zach Smith rushed for 86 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown Saturday, leading the Purple team to a 20-14 win over the White team in Weber State’s annual spring game at Stewart Stadium.

Smith, a sophomore from Kissimmee, Fla., snapped a 14-14 tie with a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

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The spring game was the first for new Weber State coach Jay Hill, the former University of Utah assistant who replaced Jody Sears after last season.

"We did some good things out there today and had a lot of positives," Hill said. "[But] we had some turnovers that hurt us and we still have lots of things to fix."

Hill called the game "competitive" and noted "some of the bad habits came back." But he was pleased with the measuring stick it provided heading into the summer.

"It’s a good teaching opportunity for us — to see where we stand and where we want to be," he said.

Along with Smith, sophomore quarterback Jadrain Clark and sophomore running back Gabe Davis played well for the Purple offense.

Clark completed 9-for-12 passes for 115 yard and one touchdown. He threw one interception.

Davis rushed for 76 yards and scored on a 66-yard run that gave the Purple team a 14-7 lead at halftime.

For the White team, sophomore quarterback Austin Chipoletti completed 11 of 19 passes for 100 yards. The returning starter from last season also rushed for 15 yards.

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