NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown run from its newest Team IMPACT member and a special pregame ceremony to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy, the Merrimack football team held its Annual Spring Game on April 27 at Martone-Mejail Field.
Before kickoff, first-year head coach Dan Curran and the entire team held a special ceremony and moment of silence to pay tribute to the four victims who lost their lives as a result of the tragic events during the Boston Marathon.
The family of Sean Collier, a Wilmington, Mass., native, attended the game and partook in the pregame ceremony. As a token of respect and honor to the families of the victims, the Collier family was presented with a commemorative Merrimack Football jersey with Collier's name inscribed on the back.
After the heartwarming ceremony, Team Navy and Team Gold took to the field, pitting Merrimack's first-team offense against its first-team defense.
The offense soared out of the gates and scored two quick touchdowns against the defense. But later in the game, the defense strung together a few big stops of its own and put forth a solid effort through the remainder of the game.
"There was great back-and-forth action by both sides," Curran noted. "The defense played tough after the first two series. The kids competed and got after it this afternoon, and that's all any coach could ask for after they worked so hard throughout the spring."
Finally, the highlight of the afternoon came in the form of Isaiah Robbins. Representing Merrimack's latest join effort with Team IMPACT, Robbins – the football team's signee – got the call for the biggest play of his young career.
Lined up in the backfield next to the quarterback, Robbins took the handoff and benefitted from some tremendous blocking from his offensive line, allowing him to scamper all the way into the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown run to wrap up the day. Robbins was immediately mobbed by all members of the Navy and Gold, who took to the field to celebrate the youngest Warriors' first career touchdown. Click here to watch Robbins' touchdown live.
The Warriors return to campus to open preseason camp on Aug. 15 before making the trek down to Staten Island, N.Y., to face Wagner on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.