Senior running back, Antwain Lyde scored 2 early rushing touchdowns in a 39-14 win over rival Virginia Union University on Saturday, Oct. 29th in Rogers Stadium. Lyde led the Trojans with 26 rushes for 92 total yards.
The Trojans offense scored 4 touchdowns, the defense returned a 57 yard interception for another score, and senior kicker, William Rudd nailed a 44 yard FG to seal a homecoming victory for VSU. The Trojans rushed for 109 total yards and passed for 88 yards. Defensively, VSU forced one fumble and picked off 3 passes.
Senior defensive back, Howard Spencer, Jr. intercepted a pass from the VUU offense and returned it 57 yards giving the Trojans an early 22-0 lead with 1:31 left in the first quarter. Junior linebacker, Thomas Sykes and senior defensive back, Larry Armstead both had interceptions.
Junior quarterback, Jarred Battle threw a season high 2 touchdown passes against the Panthers. He finished the game7 of 8 passing for a total of 88 yards with a long of 25 yards to sophomore wide receiver, Dion Futch. Futch caught 4 passes for 47 yards and scored on an 11 yard catch in the third quarter. Sophomore wide receiver, Thaditguss Lewis caught 2 passes for 28 yards and also scored on a 10 yard pass from Battle.
VSU controlled the game by rushing the ball and playing solid defense. Lyde and a host of running backs was what the Trojans offense leaned on. Sophomore fullback, Bryant Frazier averaged 4.4 yards on 5 rushes.
Senior linebacker, Jeremy Pruitt recorded 10 total tackles to lead VSU. The Trojans defense had 7 tackles for a loss, 5 quarterback hurries, and 2 sacks. Junior defensive tackle, Rontrelle Knockett and red-shirt freshman Andrew Faison, Jr. both recorded a sack.
Twelve seniors were honored on Senior Day, as they played their final home game at Rogers Stadium. The Trojan football team will close out their 2011 season with a road game against Gardner-Webb University on Thursday, Nov. 3rd in Boiling Springs, NC at 6:00 pm.