By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
The pieces of Shoemaker's offense were not going to fit together like a Monet painting after spring football with just quarterback Jameill Showers returning for the 2009 season.
But the Grey Wolves have laid the groundwork with its running attack and a defense that returns seven from last year's playoff team.
Showers rushed for 24 yards on seven carries and his Blue team offense had rushing scores from Josh Lyda and Chris Skilang to beat the Grey team 12-2 in Shoemaker's annual spring game.
But the White team was not without its heroes.
Grey team quarterback Darrian Nicholas connected with Romeal Willis four times for 134 yards and Jonathon Wilson ran for 37 yards on six carries. The Blue team defense, however, never broke and never allowed an offense score.
Nicholas guided the Grey team to 69 yards in eight plays, including his own 20-yard sprint, on the opening possession of the game. He also marched the offense 70 yards in seven plays in its last series, but the Blue team defense stalled both drives short of points.
"I guess we just got tired down the stretch," Willis said. "We had everything working for a touchdown ... it just wasn't there."
Showers completed one pass for five yards and was dropped for a safety on the second play of his first series to give the Grey team their only points and short-lived 2-0 lead.
Carl Donald picked off Nicholas on his second series and Lyda scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 20-yard rumble down the left sideline.
Lyda, who will be one of numerous Grey Wolves playing both ways next season, defended his score with an interception as Wilson and the Grey team mounted a go-ahead drive of its own.
Wilson carried three times for 27 yards on the Grey team's drive, but Nicholas was dropped for a five-yard loss and then threw the pick.
"It was tiring," Lyda said of playing both ways. "But we wanted to win so I just had to suck it up."
Minus Lyda's 20-yard scoring run in the first quarter and Skilang's 25-yarder in the third, the Blue team offense managed just 63 total yards while the Grey team finished with 216 total yards, including Nicholas hooking up with Willis on a 34-yard pass play in the first series and a 70-yard catch-and-run by Willis on the last drive.