Morgan crushes N.C. Central, 52-3

Red-hot Salisbury shuts out Alfred, 63-0

October 16, 2011|From Sun Staff Reports

MORGAN STATE

@DELAWARE STATE

Oct. 29, 1p.m.

Radio: 88.9FM

Travis Davidson rushed for three touchdowns and the Morgan State defense shut out host North Carolina Central for most of the game en route to a 52-3 rout Saturday.

Davidson had 25 rushes for 142 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown run to open scoring in the second quarter for a 21-3 Bears lead with 12:53 left in the first half.

The Bears' defense allowed one score, a 35-yard field goal by Oleg Parent in the first quarter. The win marked the most points scored by the Bears (4-3, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) since a 55-26 victory at Savannah State on Sept. 17, 2005, and moved them into a tie for second place.

The Bears rolled up 415 yards of total offense, while the Eagles finished with 168yards and were limited to just 52 yards in the first half.

"I owe a lot of credit to the offensive line, because they were able to open up lanes for me," Davidson said. "We're coming together week by week. We just need to continue to practice and work hard."

Salisbury 63, Alfred 0: The Sea Gulls (6-0, 4-0 Empire 8), who earned their first six-game winning streak since 2007, also recorded their first shutout since beating Becker College, 63-0, on Oct. 25, 2008.

Salisbury received touchdowns from six players and amassed 392 yards, sending preseason Empire 8 favorite Alfred (4-2, 2-2) to its second loss of the season.

The Gulls got on the scoreboard just 6:23 into the game on their second drive when Ross Flanigan took it in on an 8-yard rush to punctuate an 11-play, 64-yard march.

Salisbury recovered a muffed snap by AU punter Eric Rockwood on the Saxons' 11-yard line to set up one of Dan Griffin's career-high-tying four rushing touchdowns on the day. Griffin made it 14-0, capping a short drive with a 2-yard plunge five seconds into the second quarter.

Widener 54, Stevenson 19: Jeromie Miller made two touchdown receptions to give the host Mustangs (1-5, 0-4 Mid Atlantic Conference) the lead and to tie, but Stevenson fell behind quickly in the second half.

Miller capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 18-yard touchdown reception from C.J. Hopson for a 6-0 Stevenson lead with 7:17 left in the first quarter.

The Pioneers scored twice over the last four minutes of the quarter for a 13-6 lead. But Miller answered with an 11-yard touchdown reception for a 13-13 tie.

The two teams traded touchdowns with Stevenson trailing, 20-19, early in the second half before the Pioneers scored five straight touchdowns.

Franklin & Marshall 31, McDaniel 14: The Diplomats (2-4, 2-3 Centennial Conference) held the Green Terror (1-5, 1-4) to minus-1 yard of total offense in the first half.

McDaniel's Mike Oliveto had five catches for a career-best 124 yards, 110 of which came in the second half.

John Kaschak led Franklin & Marshall with 88 rushing yards and caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.

St. John Fisher 34, Frostburg State 7: The host Cardinals (5-1, 3-0 Empire 8) scored 24 unanswered points that spanned the second through fourth quarters.

The Bobcats (2-4, 1-2) trailed 10-0 after the first quarter before scoring their only touchdown, a 5-yard run by Josh Volpe with 10:09 left in the first half. St. John Fisher took over from there, with Ryan Kramer ((15-for-121) rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for 106 yards.

MORGAN STATE 52,

N.C. CENTRAL 3

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First quarter

Morg—Okakpu 15 pass from Higgins (Gonzalez kick), 12:27.

Morg—Brooks 7 run (Gonzalez kick), 6:22.

NCCe—FG Parent 35, 3:31.

Second quarter

Morg—Davidson 49 run (Gonzalez kick), 12:53.

Morg—Davidson 2 run (Gonzalez kick), 12:13.

Morg—Davidson 8 run (Gonzalez kick), 12:01.

Morg—Jo.Young 10 pass from Higgins (Gonzalez kick), 7:24.

Fourth quarter

Morg—A.King 3 run (Gonzalez kick), 9:22.

Morg—FG Gonzalez 20, :16.

A—4,218.

MorgNCCeFirst downs2312Rushes-Yards49-25934-38Passing156130Cmp.-Att.-Int.13-18-111-24-1Return Yards224Punts-Avg.4-35.55-36.6Fumbles-Lost1-08-4Penalties-Yds.13-13316-167Time of poss.35:3124:29

Rushing—Morgan St., Davidson 25-142, Martin 7-71, A.King 8-31, Brooks 4-24, Council 2-5, Higgins 3-(minus 14). NC Central, Augustus 12-43, Reid 12-39, Clarke 1-8, Goforth 3-7, Douglas 1-(minus 8), M.Johnson 4-(minus 26).

Passing—Morgan St., Higgins 13-18-1-156. NC Central, Reid 6-12-1-61, M.Johnson 5-11-0-69, Nicely 0-1-0-0.

Receiving—Morgan St., Okakpu 3-29, Bryant 2-53, Jo.Young 2-19, Sherman 1-16, Hendrix 1-15, Brooks 1-13, Flowers 1-6, Diggs 1-4, Davidson 1-1. NC Central, Lackey 3-51, Nicely 2-24, Irvine 1-14, Douglas 1-13, Hutchinson 1-12, Goforth 1-10, Poole 1-4, Staton 1-2.

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