Saturday, November 12, 2016

Hampton Pirates hold off Savannah State to win 28-24

HAMPTON, Virginia — The Hampton Pirates escaped a spirited comeback charge from an improving Savannah State team, and held on for a 28-24 win Saturday at Armstrong Stadium.

In the end, it took a defensive stand by Hampton to hold off the Tigers, who entered the game with a 3-4 record.

With fourth-and-20 at the HU 37 and 2:01 remaining in the game, freshman quarterback J.J. Bell dropped back to pass. However, sophomore linebacker Devon Johnson broke through the line and dropped Bell at midfield, sealing the game for the Pirates (5-4, 5-2 MEAC).

For coach Cornell Maynor, the ferocity of the Tigers' comeback was not a surprise.

"Our hats are off to Savannah State. They are a much improved team," said Maynor, who is now one win away from completing a second straight winning season with Hampton. "They gave us a four quarter battle, and we knew they would. But we never quit in the second half, and mounted a drive after they took the lead (24-21 in fourth). And we made a defensive stand at the end, so I'm proud of our team for overcoming adversity."


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