By MARK F. GRAY, Staff Writer, [email protected]
NORFOLK STATE END HOWARD’S MEAC SEASON WITH LOSS
Howard saved its worst for last as the conference portion of its season came to a disappointing conclusion at Norfolk State. Thanks to their worst offensive performance of the season the Bison fell to the Spartans 29-17 at Dick Price Stadium. The loss ensures the best Howard can finish is .500 for the season while their conference mark ends at 4-3.
When they packed for the business trip to Tidewater, Howard must have left their offense in D.C. The Bison were held to a season low 273 yards of total offense as Norfolk State’s defense put the clamps on the talented offensive weapons- who had been wreaking havoc on the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all season.
The Spartans contained sophomore quarterback Caylin Newton who tried to will the Bison to victory in Norfolk. He passed for 129 yards but only completed 10 of his 24 passes with a touchdown and two interceptions. However, they contained his rushing and held him to a season worst 20 yards on seven carries. Newton’s third quarter touchdown did give them a short lived 17-16 lead before NSU scored 13 unanswered points to seal the win.
“[We needed to] sustain the ability to convert on third downs to keep ourselves from getting penalties that will back us up and put us in third and long situations,” said London in a statement released after the game. “We played well last week, but we didn’t play well enough this week. I’ve always said every game in the MEAC you better come to play, and Norfolk State came to play. We didn’t do what we needed to win.”
The impact of Hampton leaving the MEAC will be felt by Howard this coming weekend. Howard will celebrate their senior day against the Bryant Bulldogs to conclude the season at Greene Stadium.
MORGAN STOPS DELAWARE STATE
There was nothing pretty about Morgan State’s 9-0 win over Delaware State at Hughes Stadium and Earl Banks Field. However, it was a thing of beauty for Morgan State coach Ernest Jones whose idea of the perfect game is a win in a game like this.
The victory ended a three game losing streak for Morgan. It also marked the Bears first shutout since a 12-0 win against Delaware State on October 24, 2011.
Jones has been preaching ball control and defense all season. The Bears rushed for 253 yards and their defense, which was ranked number one in the nation for stretches earlier this year, held the Hornets to 65. If Morgan could’ve mounted any kind of passing offense the game would’ve been much less competitive.
Quarterback D.J. Golatt struggled in windy continues that rendered passing offenses ineffective. He completed only nine of his 23 pass attempts and was intercepted once.
However, Upper Marlboro’s Joshua Chase led the Bears ground assault on Delaware State by punishing them for 145 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. His 75-yard score midway through the second quarter was the difference in the game.
Meanwhile the Hornets couldn’t figure out the mystery of the Morgan State defense. The Bears held Delaware State to 147 yards of total offense including just 65 yards rushing. Morgan’s defense yielded just 1.8 yards per carry. Keenan Black and Jack McDaniels both played at quarterback for DSU and combined to complete 11 of 28 passes for 117 yards.
Despite their struggles with the rest of the conference Morgan continued its mastery of Delaware State. The Bears now have won nine of the last 11 meetings against the Hornets since 2008, including eight consecutively.
NEXT: At NORFOLK STATE