Sunday, November 13, 2016

Virginia State Trojans Defeats Tuskegee in Extended Season Game

TUSKEGEE, Alabama -- The VSU Trojan Football team rounded out their extended season with a 45-35 victory over the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University on November 12.

Senior Tarian Ayres completed 13 passes for 150 yards and a single touch down, while teammate sophomore Josh Harris led the team with 1 reception touchdown. The dynamic duo of All-CIAA first team pick junior running back Trenton Cannon and senior Kavon Bellamy, remained unstoppable in the matchup. Cannon collected 2 touchdowns on 99 net rushing yards while Bellamy was not too far behind with 82 net rushing yards.

Leading the defense was All-CIAA first team pick linebacker Geo Feggins with 12 total tackles. CIAA Defensive Player of the Year Bryant Frazier tallied in 8 tackles and a single sack.
Despite a pass interception by Tuskegee in the first quarter, the Trojans regained possession with a forced fumble with 7:32 left in the quarter. The Trojans path to the end zone was denied resulting a good field goal kick to give VSU the 3-0 lead.

Tuskegee was able to push pass the VSU at the beginning of the second quarter with a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Golden Tigers would connect for a 16 yard pass to take the 7-3 lead over VSU.

The Trojans started their drive with 5:12 left until halftime, in hopes of securing a touchdown. After a 4 yard rush by Bellamy followed by and 11 yard rush by Ayers to secure the 1st and 10, Ayres found junior wide receiver Willie Stubblefield for a 62 yard connection. A pass completion to Josh Harris gave the Trojans a 10-7 lead. As the clocked ticked away with under 3 minutes left until half time, Tuskegee was not successful on the offensive side of the ball. A 35 yard punt at the Trojans 21 yard line gave sophomore wide receiver Marcus VanHook the chance to secure a 79 yard punt return to extend the Trojans lead to 17-7 to round out the first half.

The Trojans started the second half off with no hesitations as Trenton Cannon advance to the end zone off of a 75 yard kickoff return. A good kick by Hillquist moved VSU to a 24-7 lead. Tuskegee would score on their next drive to close the gap 24-14, but the Trojans would quickly answer back with Ayres running in for a 17 yard touchdown. The games call and response continued as the Golden Tiger grasp 7 additional points on their next drive. As the clocked ticked away with under 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Trojan has a 31-21 lead. VSU put a halt to Tuskegee with a blocked field goal by senior Daishun Jackson and recovered by junior Tyquante Simms. At the Golden Tigers 25 yard line, Cannon rushed for a touchdown giving VSU a solid 38-21 lead. Tuskegee made a quick play to advance to the end zone and make the final touchdown of the quarter.

Enter the 4th quarter, the Trojans held a 38-28 lead. VSU pressed their way down the field on the quarters opening drive. Despite VSU picking up a 5 yard delay of game penalty, pushing them back to Tuskegee 12 yard line, Cannon changed the tone tacking on an additional touchdown for the Trojans. The home team would make the final touchdown of the game to bring the score to 45-35.

Originally adding VSU to the schedule for their 10th game in hopes of improving their record as they are in the midst of competing for a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive year in NCAA Division II, Tuskegee fell to a 8-2 overall season record.

After an unexpected 11th game addition to the schedule, VSU rounds out the 2016 season with a 9-2 overall record under the leadership of Reggie Barlow.

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