Jon Nicholaisen kicked a field goal for each team yesterday. His second, a 32-yarder, came with 11 seconds to play and gave the Blue team a 5-3 victory over the White in Howard's annual football intrasquad game at Howard Stadium.
Each team's defense dominated throughout and often came up with big plays to stop potential touchdown drives.
First-year Coach Joe Taylor applauded as Blue quarterback Sandy Nichols directed one of the best drives of the afternoon to put his team in scoring position in the final minute. Trailing, 3-2, Nichols completed two passes to Edwin Watts (three receptions, 48 yards) to get his team in field goal position. Nichols completed eight of 20 passes for 101 yards.
Nicholaisen, a left-footer soccer-style kicker who played for both squads, had given the White team a 3-2 lead late in third quarter with a 43-yarder.
Despite five turnovers and at least a dozen penalties, Taylor was impressed with the overall performance of his team. "I thought the hitting level was pretty good and both defenses played very well," he said. "I said all along our defensive line and linebackers are our strengths. I expected a low-scoring game.
"There were a lot of dropped passes and some lack of concentration in other areas, but remember, you have to play everyone. Some of these players won't be back in the fall and others will be support people."
Brian Sloan, who directed the White team, completed 13 of 30 passes for 117 yards, but had several dropped. Jeff Owens, the Blue fullback, gained 49 yards on 14 carries. White tailback Andrew Kelly picked up 43 yards on 12 carries.