The culmination of the spring season for the Lawrence Technological University football team will be the second annual Blue-White Spring Game held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27th at Farmington Hills Harrison High School. Entry will be free to all guests with opportunities to purchase 2019 season tickets.
The Blue Devils started spring practice on March 23rd and spent 13 practices in preparation for Saturday's Spring Game, which will pit the offense (white) against the defense (blue). An alternate scoring system will be used. In the inaugural Blue-White Spring Game in 2018, the Blue Team won, 38-32, thanks to key defensive plays late in the contest.
"Spring ball has been great," Head Coach Jeff Duvendeck said. "We stayed healthy which is one of the main keys to getting through it. We've grown as a team...We've had less teaching to do. The guys are now into year two of our playbook, even from our staff point. Us working together and knowing what we want and how to execute. Those things have been a lot more smooth this semester than they had been in the past. Which is great having continuity and a staff that works so well and understands one another, and having a common purpose."
LTU enters its first season with full membership in the Mid-States Football Association after the school's first football season in 72 years last fall. They finished with a 5-3 record in 2018, including back-to-back shutouts against Pittsburgh (Club) and Eastern Michigan (Club).
Lawrence Tech's offense averaged 41.0 points per game, which would have ranked second in the MSFA Mideast division.
Duvendeck also announced four captains for each team. Representing the blue team is linebacker Danny Macks (SO/Rochester Hills, Mich.), linebacker Drake Barry (SO/Oxford, Mich.), linebacker Tommy Lappin (SO/Howell, Mich.), and defensive back Cam Mitchell (SO/Mt. Clemens, Mich.).
For the white team, the four captains will be offensive lineman James Thorpe (SO/Largo, Fla.), quarterback Tyler Kulka (SO/Clinton Township, Fla.), wide receiver Spencer Iaquinto (SO/Whitmore Lake, Mich.), and running back Tanner Foley (SO/Sebawing, Mich.).
"We meet quite often with that group and how to lead," Duvendeck said of his captains. "They've done a phenomenal job from a leadership standpoint and then also a competitive standpoint. "From the team as a whole, there's been a lot of growth from top to bottom. And that's what's exciting to me seeing that depth develop. That we're not relying on four or five guys, but we can be all 60 of us. That's been the biggest thing for me, nobody is falling behind. Everyone is being brought along with."
Duvendeck and the Blue Devils will resume their summer lifting program in mid-May that will run through July about two weeks before Training Camp opens.
The 2019 Blue-White Spring Game will be live-streamed on the LTU Athletics YouTube channel and will have Jason Ross Jr., the Voice of LTU Athletics, serving as the play-by-play broadcaster. Ross Jr. enters his second season as the play-by-play announcer for LTU Football.