CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard completed its 2011 spring football season on Saturday night with its annual spring game as the Crimson offense posted a 14-7 victory over the defense.
The game was played in record time and it was the defense that got on the board first as Connor Loftus blocked a punt after the first series of play and returned it three yards for a touchdown.
The first team offense struck quickly on its next possession as Colton Chapple found a streaking Adam Chrissis along the right sideline and caught him in stride with a 57 yard touchdown pass.
The last score of the night came just before halftime as the second team offense managed the clock and hard-running rising sophomore Thomas Schadewald bullied his way into the end zone for a two-yard run and the 14-7 margin.
Defense took the headlines as Brian Reilly led the way with numerous special teams tackles en route to a game-high 10 tackles (6 solo) to go with a pass breakup.
Luke Zelon and Reid McCann each had two sacks for the defense while Grant Sickle also had a sack.
Recording tackles behind the line of scrimmage were Reilly, Joshua Boyd, Rey Kirton, Austin Taylor and Devin Saxon.
The lone interception of the game was a highlight-reel grab from Colton Lynch, who was fully extended in picking off a pass over the middle at midfield.
Schadewald was impressive in limited action, compiling 29 rushing and 14 receiving yards. Rich Zajeski amassed 24 rushing yards on just three carries (8.0 ypc) in the rain while Treavor Scales did not play.
Chapple led the QB's with an 8-for-19 evening, for 126 yards. Cory Briggs completed both of his fourth quarter pass attempts and Michael Pruneau also had three completions.
Chrissis used his big play to lead all receivers, eventually finishing with three catches for 82 yards. Tyler Ott, Alex Sarkisian, Damani Wilson, Casey Johnson, Scott Miller and Andrew Berg also had catches.
Wilson finished with 99 total all-purpose yards for the game on the strength of 59 kickoff return yards.