State football: Towson rallies past Delaware State, 21-7

Hopkins tops Susquehanna; McDaniel falls; Stevenson earns first-ever shutout

September 14, 2014|From Sun staff reports

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Towson scored a pair of fourth-quarter special teams touchdowns to beat Delaware State, 21-7, at rain-soaked Alumni Field on Saturday afternoon.

With Towson trailing 7-6 in the fourth quarter, Jordan Mynatt blocked a punt and Fred Overstreet recovered the ball in the end zone to give the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish. Derrick Joseph later ran back a punt 81 yards for a touchdown to give Towson a 21-7 lead.

The Tigers (1-2) outgained the Hornets (0-3) 221-71 on the ground, averaging 4.9yards per carry. Sophomore Darius Victor led Towson with 131 yards on 24 carries, giving him two 100-yard rushing games in three contests this season. The Tigers have yet to turn the ball over.

Delaware State scored its only points just before halftime. Quarterback Gilbert Rivera found Malik Golson in the back of the end zone with seven seconds left in the second quarter to give the Hornets a 7-3 edge.

Towson kicker Sam Hurwitz accounted for the only points of the third quarter as his second field goal of the afternoon brought the Tigers to within 7-6.

On Delaware State's first drive of the fourth quarter, the Hornets converted a fourth down on Towson's side of the field, but the play was negated by a holding penalty. A bad snap on the ensuing punt allowed Mynatt to race in from the right side and block it. The ball bounced into the end zone, where Overstreet scooped it up.

Up by five, Towson coach Rob Ambrose decided to go for two. Frazier connected with wide receiver Andre Dessenberg on the conversion to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead with 11:16 remaining.

After the teams traded punts, Delaware State took over on its 9-yard line with 5:09 left. The Hornets got one first down but then were forced to punt. Jeremiah McGeough blasted a 57-yard punt, but Joseph dodged a pair of initial tacklers and picked up his first career punt-return touchdown. It was Joseph's fifth return touchdown of his career (four kickoffs, one punt). Joseph ran back a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Delaware State in 2013.

The Tigers outgained the Hornets 307-193 in total offense, and their defense forced 10 punts.

James Simms continued his torrid start to the season by leading the Towson defense with 11 tackles and a forced fumble on the opening kickoff. Vince DePaola recovered the fumble, which led to a field goal by Hurwitz less than two minutes into the game.

Johns Hopkins 27, Susquehanna 20: Blue Jays senior safety Ryan Rice intercepted a pass from Nick Crusco and later forced a fumble at the Johns Hopkins 11-yard line with just over a minute remaining to seal the road victory.

The win for Hopkins (2-0, 1-0 Centennial Conference) was the 35th in its past 36 regular-season games. Susquehanna falls to 0-2 and 0-1.

Moravian 28, McDaniel 7: Eli Redmond returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown to set the tone for the host Greyhounds (2-0) in beating the Green Terror (1-1) in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams.

Sean Montgomery led McDaniel with 69 receiving yards on six catches, including a touchdown.

Stevenson 7, King's (Pa.) 0: Freshman Dylan Cummings scored on a 1-yard run with nine seconds left in the second quarter as the visiting Mustangs (2-0) posted the first shutout in school history in the Middle Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.

Wesley 43, Salisbury 5: Joe Callahan completed 24 of 30 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns, as the visiting Wolverines (2-0) stormed past the Sea Gulls.

Frostburg State 20, Shenandoah 10: Ben Sasu ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns to lead the visiting Bobcats (2-0) over the Hornets (1-1).

TOWSON 21, DELAWARE STATE 7

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First quarter

Tows—FG Hurwitz 22, 13:07.

Second quarter

Dsu—M.Golson 13 pass from G.Rivera (Mi.Ward kick), 0:07.

Third quarter

Tows—FG Hurwitz 23, 2:15.

Fourth quarter

Tows—F.Overstreet blocked punt return (Cn.Frazier pass from Dessenberg), 11:16.

Tows—De.Joseph 81 punt return (Hurwitz kick), 2:54.

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