Sunday, October 23, 2016

Virginia State Trojans Thrash The Lincoln Lions for A Homecoming Win

ETTRICK, Virginia -- The Trojans dominated the field, from start to finish, in a 69-7 victory over the Lions of Lincoln University to give alumni, family, and friends a great homecoming game! The win improved the Trojans to a 4 game winning streak at home in Rogers Stadium.

"What an honor to be a part of this 2016 Homecoming, expressed Head Coach Reggie Barlow." We're so thankful for all the alumni and friends that came out to support. Very happy and proud of our student athletes for going out and executing our plan.

The Trojans finished the October 22 matchup with 578 total offensive yards to the Lions 201 yards. Virginia State improves to a 6-2 overall record (3-2 CIAA), while Lincoln falls to 1-7 overall.

Lincoln took an early 7-0 lead over the Trojans on a 32 yard pass from Epps to Elijah Smith. The Virginia State defense would go on to hold the Lions to a single touchdown. The remaining action the crowd of over 4,000 would witness an offensive delight, as the Trojans danced into the end zone scoring ten touchdowns and a pair of successful two point conversions. The Trojans junior kicker Mathew Hillquist (Glen Allen, VA) also added five extra-point kicks.

Sophomore quarterback Corderal Cook (Atlanta, GA) made his first starting appearance for the Trojans, completing 9 of 13 passes for a total of 77 yards. Senior quarterback Tarian Ayres (Buckingham, VA) completed 4 of 5 passes and connected with sophomore wide receiver Marcus Vanhook for a 29 yard touchdown pass.

After a blocked extra point kick, the Trojans trailed the Lions with 3 minutes remaining in the first quarter. As the clock ran down with under two minutes left in the quarter, LU was not able to get off a punt, resulting in a fumble recovery touchdown by sophomore linebacker Roger Jones (Farnham, VA).

Junior running back Trenton Cannon (Hampton, VA) pioneered the Trojan offense recording 171 yards on 12 carries and scored three touchdowns. The All-Time Single Season Rushing record holder made the entire stadium remember his name after dismantling the Lion defense and rushing coast to coast on 1st & 10 for an impressive 94 yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Senior running back Kavon Bellamy (Hampton, VA) rushed for 107 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. Freshman running back George Cheetham (Fredericksburg, VA) contributed 85 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown.

Jason Epps led the Lions offensively rushing for 86 yards on 10 carries.

Defensively the Trojans put the pressure on heavy. Senior Geo Feggins (South Hill, VA) led the Trojan defense recording 5.5 tackles (5 solo).

Kevin Norris, Deion Miller, and Rhamir Thomas each recorded 7 solo tackles to lead the Lion defense, but they just couldn't find an answer to stop the Trojans.

VSU will play their final home game on the 2016 season n October 29 at 2pm. The Trojans will take on the Hawks of Chowan University for the VSU's Senior Day festivities.

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