Phommachanh rallies White team to beat Orange Team

Phommachanh rallies White team to beat Orange Team


Phommachanh rallies White team to beat Orange Team


There was not much offense in Saturday’s Orange & White Game, but there was just enough to make things interesting, especially at the end.

D.J. Uiagalelei threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to freshmen Beaux Collins in the first quarter, while Taisun Phommachanh led the White team to two fourth-quarter scoring drives, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to Ajou Ajou. In between, there was a bunch of punts and field goals of 54 and 24 yards from B.T. Potter, as the White team rallied for a 14-13 victory at Death Valley.

Phommachanh led the White down the field in the final minutes, including a 23-yard pass to tight end Davis Allen to the Orange team’s 5-yard line, setting up Phil Mafah’s 4-yard touchdown for the game-winning score.

Mafah’s winning score came with 1:58 to play in the game.

The Orange team got things started on the opening drive. On third down-and-six from the White’s 14, Uiagalelei found Collins on an out pass, where Collins made one man miss and dove for the end zone.

The Collins’ touchdown gave the Orange a 7-0 lead with 10:57 to play in the first quarter, capping an 8-play 73-yard drive. After that very little happened as the two defenses controlled the first three quarters of the game.

Uiagalelei finished the afternoon 20-for-28 for 174 yards, while Phommachanh was 14-for-25 for 163 yards. He also threw an interception.

Moving the football was very difficult for the White team in the first half. They did not pick up a first down until their first drive of the second quarter and finished the first quarter with minus-13 yards.

The best drive the White team had ended in a missed field goal by Jonathan Weitz.

Potter drilled a 54-yard field goal with 31 seconds to play to give the Orange team a 10-0 lead at the break. His field goal capped a 9-play, 43-yard drive right before halftime.

The Orange took a 13-0 lead with 1:08 to play in the third quarter when Potter made a 24-yard field goal which was set up on a 49-yard Uiagalelei pass to Joseph Ngata.

However, Phommachanh got the White team moving in the fourth quarter. First he led them on a 6-play, 75-yard scoring drive, which he capped with his 16-yard touchdown pass to Ajou.

The quarterback then led them back down the field to win the game with a 70-yard touchdown drive that took 6:56 off the clock. The White team totalled 144 of their 211 total yards in the final quarter.

Phommachanh was 9-for-11 for 123 yards in the fourth quarter.

R.J. Mickens recorded an interception for the Orange team in the second quarter, while Sheridan Jones recovered a fumble for the White team in the first quarter.

Kobe Pace, who lost the fumble for the Orange team, led all running backs with 69 yards, including a 26-yard run to start the game. Lyn-J Dixon had four carries for 25 yards.

Mafah finished the afternoon with 38 yards on six carries, including his 4-yard game-winning touchdown.

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