Hawks hold off Va. State
PETERSBURG, VA- The Chowan University football team defeated the Virginia State Trojans 33-21 on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s win marked the first victory over the Trojans, and brought the Hawks over the .500 mark on the 2012 season.
Elliot Smalls had 23 carries in the win for a total of 136 yards (average of 5.9 per carry). Cameron Stover threw for 223 yards and completed 15-23 pass attempts to four different receivers. J.R. Williams caught seven passes for a total of 111 yards and one touchdown.
On their first possession, Stover connected with Ryan Nolan on a 15-yard pass to take the ball to the VSU 36. Smalls rushed for one yard, followed by a 22-yard pass from Stover to Bryan Harris to move the ball to the VSU 26.
On the following play, Smalls rushed for another three yards and Stover found Nolan on a 13 yard pass to bring the Hawks within 10 yards of the end zone. Smalls got the Hawks on the board with a 10-yard rush to give Chowan a 6-0 lead. Alex Noboa‘s point after attempt was good, making the score 7-0 with 12:09 left to play in the first quarter.
The Trojans answered back on their next drive.
VSU’s Jarred Battle threw a 42-yard pass to Bryan Jones to put the Trojans on the board. Devonte Hunt’s point after attempt was good, tying the game 7-7.
With 5:15 remaining in the first quarter and the ball on the CU 39 yard line, Smalls rushed on five consecutive plays for a total of 57 yards to move the ball to the VSU 4.
A CU false start and a rush for loss moved the ball back to the VSU 13. Stover threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Williams to give the Hawks a 13-7 advantage over Virginia State. Noboa’s point after attempt was good once again, and Chowan took a 14-7 lead.
The Hawks scored on their first drive of the second quarter.
Starting on their own 22 yard line, Chowan put together a 10-play extended scoring drive to pull ahead 20-7. Failing to convert the extra point, the score remained 20-7 with 10:25 left in the half.
Chowan and Virginia State exchanged field position for the remainder of the quarter, and the Hawks took the 20-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
With 2:24 left in the third quarter, and the ball on the VSU 19, CU’s William Griffith intercepted a pass from Battle on the 35-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. Noboa made good on the point after attempt to pull the lead to 27-7.
The last play of the third quarter resulted in VSU’s Jarred Battle tossing a 50-yard touchdown pass to William Mitchell to narrow Chowan’s lead heading into the fourth quarter. Hunt made good on the point after attempt to make the score 27-14.
With 7:54 remaining in the game, a nine-play drive highlighted by seven rushes from Smalls set up a five-yard rushing touchdown by Stover. A failed trick play resulted in the score remaining 33-21.
The Hawks held off the Virginia State offense for the remainder of the game for a final score of 33-21.
After Saturday’s win, Chowan moves to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in CIAA play.
They return home to host Lincoln (PA) on Saturday November 3. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. The Hawks will honor their seniors prior to the game, with a halftime ceremony honoring the selections for the 2012 Jim Garrison Hall of Fame.