Camels roll past Hawks

Published 10:33 am Tuesday, September 13, 2016

MURFREESBORO – Deadlocked at 7-7 in the early stages of its home opener here Saturday, Chowan University felt good about its chances.

But then the visitors of Campbell University got rolling.

The Camels, members of the FCS Pioneer Football League, added two touchdowns and a field goal before the end of the first quarter, and then tacked on one TD each in the second and third periods before Chowan found the endzone again and went on to defeat the Hawks, 47-14, before a crowd of nearly 3,500 that packed James G. Garrison Stadium.

The Hawks move to 1-1 on the year after dropping their home opener while the Camels move to 2-0 on the year.

The Camels defeated Chowan 35-3 last season in Buies Creek in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Campbell rolled up 543 yards over the course of the evening while holding the Hawks to 222. Jared Joyner tallied 11 carries for 90 yards and one touchdown while Darius Barnes added 15 carries for 62 yards in the victory. Elijah Burress completed 17-22 passes for 255 yards and tossed four touchdown passes for the Camels. Aaron Blockmon hauled in six passes for 172 yards including four touchdown receptions. Deontae Henderson paced Campbell with five tackles (three solo, two assisted).

Tyree Lee notched eight carries for 35 yards in the setback. Randall Dixon completed 13-24 pass attempts for 156 yards including one touchdown pass for the Hawks. Kaine Lombard tallied four receptions for 60 yards. Nate Wyche led the effort defensively for Chowan with 10 tackles (seven solo, three assisted) with Ahmond Gomez and Randy Allen Jr. each accounting for eight tackles apiece for Chowan.

Campbell got on the board in their first drive of the game when Burress connected with Blockmon on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Mitchell Brown’s point after attempt was good, leaving the Hawks trailing 7-0 after the first drive of the game.

Chowan promptly answered back when Tyrone Carter hauled in a 72 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nolan to put the Hawks on the board. Connor Killeen made good on the point after attempt to knot the score 7-7.

Campbell responded with 24 unanswered points; 17 in the first quarter, and seven more in the second to take a commanding 31-7 lead heading into halftime.

In the Camels’ first possession of the third quarter, Joyner’s 64-yard touchdown run pushed Campbell ahead 37-7. Down but not out, Hawks answered back on the next drive when Dixon heaved a 10-yard touchdown pass to Edwin Thomas. Killeen’s point after attempt made the score 37-14. Campell capitalized on a four-play, 84 yard drive on their next possession to pull away 44-14.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Brown drilled a 44 yard field goal to solidify the 47-14 win for the Camels.

The Hawks return to action on Saturday, Sept. 1h as the Hawks play host to the University of West Florida. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. in Garrison Stadium.