by Jason Pompey
The Trojans of Virginia State University downed the Hawks of Chowan University, 35-20 in a season home opener for the Trojans at Rogers Stadium on Saturday, Sept 24th. The defending CIAA Northern Division Champs opened up divisional play with a win over Chowan in a dominating fashion after playing on the road for three straight games to open their 2011 season. The Trojans exploded for a season high 35 points finding the end zone 5 times racking up 373 total yards.
On the opening drive of the game, junior quarterback Jarred Battle hooked up with senior wide receiver, Timothy Paulk for a 46 yard completion setting up first and goal. Sophomore running back, Kenay Hawks punched it in from the 7 yard line giving VSU and their offense a much needed early touchdown score.
Jarred Battle threw for 233 yards on 12 of 23 attempts. He scored twice for VSU, a 7 yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter and then a deep slant route hooking up with sophomore Dion Futch for an 86 yard score.
Futch, scored twice for VSU catching that pass from Battle and also rushed one with a 4 yard run with 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 3 receptions for 117 total yards. Paulk led the Trojans with 6 catches for 100 yards.
Due to an injury at the running back position for VSU after the first quarter, freshman running back Tyler Wilson came in and had 21 carries for 82 yards and one rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Trojan fans got a glimpse of the future as Wilson averaged 3.9 yards a carry to lead both teams.
Defensively, the Trojans picked off 2 interceptions and forced three fumbles. Senior linebacker, Jeremy Pruitt tied his season-high in tackles with 15 (8 solo, 7 assist). Pruitt led a Trojan defense that held Chowan’s offense to under 100 yards rushing. Pruitt forced a fumble and made one tackle for a 7 yard loss. Two other linebackers assisted Pruitt in several plays. Juniors, Bryce Willoughby and Alandus Beggs both finished with 6 tackles a piece.
Senior defensive back, Larry Armstead had 5 tackles, one pass breakup, and one interception. Junior defensive back Justin Carr recorded one interception and 8 tackles. Carr defended Chowan’s receivers and finished with 2 pass breakups and one tackle for a loss.
Faison won his 51st game of his career and more importantly got the Trojans offense rolling again with a 35-20 win over Chowan. VSU’s offense scored 5 TDs and defense intercepted 2 passes and forced 3 fumbles.
The (2-2, 1-1) Trojans will host another CIAA Northern Division opponent at home on Saturday, Oct. 1st. (3-1, 2-1) Bulldogs of Bowie State University will come to Rogers Stadium on VSU’s annual “Take a Kid to the Game Day” as well as “Sock it to Bowie State”.
Virginia State University’s volleyball team improved to an overall record of 6-10, 6-4 in the CIAA conference, and 2-1 in the CIAA Northern Division after three straight road wins.
Nikkisha Walker led all with 17 kills as the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State University 3-1 (25-12, 25-12, 15-25, 25-17) in Bowie, MD on Saturday, Sept. 24th.
Jasmine Henderson had 17 assists in a straight set win for the Lady Trojans volleyball team over Lincoln University (25-9, 25-17, 25-15) in Lincoln, PA on Friday, Sept. 23rd. Henderson also tied for a team-high defensively in digs with 5 and also served up 11 service-aces in the win for VSU.
Junior, Nikkisha Walker recorded 7 kills leading VSU to a win over Cheyney University on Thursday, Sept. 22 in Cheyney, PA. The Lady Trojans picked up their fourth win of the season with a 3-0 sweep, (25-9, 25-8, 25-8).
Virginia State University’s volleyball team traveled to Cope Hall in Cheyney, PA to play their first of a three-game road trip against Cheyney University. The Lady Trojans swept Cheyney 3-0, in a dominating fashion scoring 12 kills in the first set, 9 in the second, and 6 in the final set.
Walker led with 7 kills, 7 digs, and 3 service-aces. Freshman, Imani Wood added 5 kills.
Sophomore setter, Jasmine Henderson had 14 assists setting up her teammates as VSU scored 27 points off of kills.
Freshman libero, Jenessa Shinauld led defensively with 10 digs.
The Lady Trojans will host eight-straight home matches on the campus of Virginia State University starting on Tuesday, Sept. 27th against the University of District of Columbia at 6:00 p.m.
Jason Pompey is Sports Information Officer for Virginia State University Athletics. Email: JPompey@VSU.edu