Football Spring Game Set for Saturday, April 21

Braden Smith
Braden Smith

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell will wrap up its 2012 spring football schedule with the annual Orange & White Game Saturday, April 21 at noon at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field.

"Spring football is a lot of fun for the fans and it's a lot of fun for the players too," said Campbell head coach Dale Steele. "The speed of our team is better than it's ever been, and fans are going to see something different because we've had to adapt the things we do to where we are as a football team."

The contest, which will pit the CU offense, wearing orange, against the Camel defense, wearing white, is free to the public and will score on a modified points system.

"You're going to see a more aggressive style of defense than we've had in the past," added Steele. "Even in the scrimmages we've had earlier in the spring we've had some big plays on both sides because the defense and the offense have been really aggressive. I think it will be exciting and fun for everybody."

The offense's score will count as usual, with six points for a touchdown, three for a field goal and one for an extra point. The defense, meanwhile, will receive five points for an interception, four for a forced and recovered fumble, three for forcing a three and out, and one for forcing a punt.

Saturday's game format will feature four 12-minute quarters, with a running clock in the second half.

"I've been pleased with the progress that we've made over the course of the spring," said Steele. "We've had a physical spring. I think that we've gotten better every day, and I think we have really improved as a football team. Their work ethic has been really good, and they've used the time available in the classroom and on the field to improve."

In last year's spring game, the CU offense topped the defense 27-23 as three running backs scored touchdowns on the day. The win gave the offense its second straight win in the annual contest, evening the series at two wins apiece. The offense won 2010's game 35-27, while the defense picked up wins in the first two tilts 42-34 (2009) and 33-31 (2008). 

The team's spring awards will be announced at halftime, handing out accolades for the squad's most improved player, offseason strength and conditioning and Champions Club.

Prior and during the game, items from the team's Adidas equipment closeout sale will be available for purchase near the gate. Items, both new and used, will vary from jerseys to travel gear. The sale will begin at 10 a.m.

There will also be a hamburger and hotdog picnic at 11 a.m. inside the stadium gates. Plates will be $7.50 each.

The annual Earl Smith Golf Tournament will kick off the weekend on Friday, April 20 at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with lunch provided at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

"It's a good time, the day before the spring game, for everyone to get a chance to get to know one another off the field, as well as see progress we've made as a program," said Steele. "That's extremely important."

An entry fee of $80 includes green fee, cart fee, a CU Football gift, lunch and drinks, with prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, as well as first and second place. Hole sponsorship is available for $125, with corporate or individual sponsorships ranging from $425-750. For more information or to register, click here.

Campbell will open the 2012 season with the program's first ever Thursday night game in Buies Creek as the Camels take on Shorter on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

The Camels were 6-5 overall in 2011 with a 5-3 record in PFL play, marking the program's highest win total since restarting the program in 2008. 

2012 Orange & White Spring Game points system





Extra Point


Field Goal




Force 3 and Out


Force a Punt


Force and Recover a Fumble