State roundup: Walker, Council lead Morgan State over Florida A&M, 24-9

Towson loses; Bowie State, Hopkins and Salisbury win

October 05, 2014|SportsDirect

Herb Walker Jr. and Robert Council combined for three rushing touchdowns in the first half as visiting Morgan State beat Florida A&M, 24-9, on Saturday.

Walker ran for 203 yards and a score as he finished with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing effort for the Bears (3-3, 2-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who have won four of the past six games between the schools. Council added a pair of short touchdown runs and finished 7-for-11 for 121 yards through the air.

Freshman Gerald Hearns rushed for 100 yards for the Rattlers (0-5, 0-1), who have lost eight in a row since winning at Norfolk State on Nov. 2. Damien Fleming threw for 117 yards and two interceptions. Brandon Norwood had five receptions for 67 yards — he was the only Rattler with more than one catch — and Chase Varnadore made three field goals to account for all of the Rattlers' scoring.

Morgan State, which never trailed, marched 74 yards in eight plays on its opening possession, and Council finished it with a 4-yard touchdown run. Alonzo Palmer-Hicks blocked a Bears field-goal attempt, and Devonte Johnson ran it back 29 yards into Morgan State territory later in the first quarter, enabling Varnadore to connect on a 47-yard kick to make it 7-3.

Stony Brook 14, Towson 3: The Tigers' Darius Victor rushed for just 59 yards and Connor Frazier completed 17 of 29 passes for 137 yards as host Towson (2-4, 0-2 Colonial Athletic Association) fell.

James Kenner rushed for a team-high 80 yards and a touchdown, Stacey Bedell added a 1-yard score and Conor Bednarski went 10-for-15 for 129 yards for the Seawolves (2-4, 1-1), who overcame three turnovers to end their second two-game losing streak of the season.

Kenner did most of his work on the final drive, carrying seven times for 47 yards before going around the left end for a 2-yard score with 1:24 remaining.

The Tigers beat the Seawolves, 35-21, last season in their only other meeting.

Bowie State 24, Johnson C. Smith 0: The host Bulldogs (1-4, 1-1 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) broke a four-game losing streak by beating the Golden Bulls (1-4, 0-2).

Bowie State put together two scoring drives in the first quarter, a 4-yard touchdown run by Kenda Jefferson and an 8-yard touchdown pass from Trevon Bennett to Keith Brown.

Johns Hopkins 56, Juniata 14: The host Blue Jays (5-0, 4-0 Centennial Conference) scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions to beat the Eagles (2-3, 1-3).

Hopkins had 355 yards of total offense in the first half in its 39th win in its past 40 regular-season games. Braden Anderson completed 20 of 27 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns.

The Blue Jays had run 24 plays, totaled 153 yards of offense and built a 14-0 lead before the game was 11 minutes old.

Salisbury 37, St. John Fisher 34, OT: J.D. Hook capped a nine-play drive with a 16-yard touchdown run to lift the Sea Gulls (2-2, 1-1 Empire 8) over the Cardinals (3-1, 2-1).

Hook had 10 carries for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

Salisbury trailed 31-24 with 18 seconds left in regulation when John Dunbar ran 3yards for a touchdown and Zak Osborne kicked the extra point to force overtime. The Sea Gulls went 65 yards on 14 plays over 5:30 on the tying drive.

In overtime, St. John Fisher struck first as Greg Lohrman kicked a 34-yard field goal for a 34-31 lead.

Buffalo State 31, Frostburg State 14: The host Bobcats (2-3, 0-3 Empire 8) scored first, but the Bengals (4-1, 2-1) answered with three scoring drives and never fell behind again.

Ken Emmons' 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave Frostburg State a 7-0 lead. Marcus Smith highlighted the drive with a 64-yard run up the sideline before being knocked out of bounds at the Buffalo State 1. Emmons scored three plays later.

Buffalo State responded with 17 unanswered points.

Lycoming 31, Stevenson 10: The Mustangs' Devonte Williams became the first player in school history to return a kickoff for a touchdown (83 yards in the first quarter) and tied the score, but the Warriors (5-0, 4-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) scored 17 straight points to win.

Stevenson fell to 4-1, 3-1 and had its three-game road winning streak end. Lycoming held Stevenson to 99 rushing yards and 85 passing.

Special teams accounted for all of Stevenson's scoring, including a 32-yard field goal by Tim Sternfeld with 12:31 left in the game.

Gettysburg 47, McDaniel 7: The host Bullets (3-2) scored 47 straight points and handed the Green Terror (1-4) its fourth straight loss.

McDaniel scored on a six-play, 91-yard drive capped by Matty Callahan's 61-yard pass to Sean Montgomery with 13:48 left in the game.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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