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Spring Football Game A Positive Affair

April 27, 1999

Lafayette College's Maroon and White squads each managed just one touchdown against tremendous defensive pressure in the Leopards' annual Spring Football Game, but the White team notched a field goal to secure the 10-6 victory. Today's game, which punctuates three weeks of spring practices, featured a Maroon team consisting primarily of the first-team defense and the second-team offense, competing against the White team consisting primarily of the first-team offense and the second-team defense.

Tailback Andy Ficzko (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East), who will be a junior this fall, proved to be the offensive hero of the day. The speedy running back scored touchdowns for both squads, rushing for 60 yards on 12 carries and catching one pass for 17 yards.

Senior-to-be Brian Tuma (Lebanon Township, NJ/Voorhees), a stand-out at strong safety the past two seasons, has moved to tailback and is proving to be a positive addition to the Leopards' backfield.

The Leopards' quarterback spot appears to be locked up by Brian Buczek (Bloomingdale, NJ/Depaul), who enters his junior season this fall. He completed 12-of-25 passes for 87 yards for the White squad, including a 23-yard connection with classmate Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, PA/Lebanon). Yarberough finished with five receptions for 58 yards.

The Maroon squad's quarterback was sophomore-to-be Harry Armstrong (Taylor, PA/Riverside), who also had a strong performance by completing nine-of-24 passes for 109 yards. Four of Armstrong's passes were caught by his classmate Jeff Werrell (Allentown, PA/Salisbury), who finished with a game-high 66 receiving yards.

Defensively, the Maroon squad's Rachaud Evans (Poughkeepsie, NY/Kecham), a junior-to-be linebacker, led all players with eight total tackles, while the White team was led by senior-to-be free safety Angel Colon (Garfield, NJ/St. Joseph's Regional), who finished with five tackles and four pass break-ups.

Lafayette concluded the 1998 season with a 3-8 overall record, and improved to 3-3 and third place in Patriot League play. For the 10th time in 13 seasons of Patriot League football, the Leopards entered the month of November with a shot at the conference championship.

Lafayette opens its 118th season of football on September 11, when the Leopards travel to Towson University for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.