The win improves the Falcons' record to 2-1 overall after their first road game. It was the final non-conference tune-up before the Falcons enter CIAA play next Saturday in a key home game against Bowie State University. Game time is 7 p.m. at Durham County Stadium. Southern Connecticut State fell to 0-3 after jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The chance to extend their streak of 11 consecutive winning seasons is in jeopardy.
“[S. Connecticut State] was hungry,” St. Aug Head Coach Michael Costa said. “It was their first home game, but we met their fire with our fire.”
The Falcons relied on the arm of Teddy Bacote (Jr./Hampton, Va.) and the playmaking skills of Tyron Laughinghouse (Sr./Greenville, N.C.) and Roderick Davenport (Fr./Orangeburg, S.C.). Bacote completed 20-of-32 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Laughinghouse grabbed five passes for 112 and two touchdowns, and Davenport added 12 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns including a long scoring run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The Falcons gained a season-high 394 yards in the win.
Hard-hitting linebacker Chaz Robinson (Jr./Hampton, Va.) led an opportunistic defense with a season-high 16 tackles. Defensive end Javarous Faulk (Jr./Macon, Ga.) added two sacks for the Falcons, who prevented Southern Connecticut State from scoring twice inside their 10-yard line in the final quarter with the game on the line. The Owls gained 345 offensive yards but only 226 after the first quarter.
Jacob Jablonski completed 20 of 34 passes for 249 yards and a score but 136 of those yards came in the first quarter on 10-for-11 passing when the Owls jumped to a 14-0 lead. The Owls had only scored six points in their first two games. Vaughn Magee rushed 27 times for 104 yards and Vito Fornarelli had three receptions for 100 yards for the Owls, but the Falcons' defense tightened and slowed down the Owls in the final three quarters. Jablonski finished the day with three interceptions, including one each to Kharea Roseboro (R-So./Statesville, N.C.), Derrick Manning (Sr./Waldorf, Md.) and Robinson of the Falcons.
Roseboro intercepted a pass on the sideline on the game's first play, but the Falcons failed to capitalize. A penalty negated a 32-yard touchdown run by Phillip English (So./Albany, Ga.), forcing the Falcons to punt. The Owls then drove 80 yards on 11 plays, capped by a one-yard run by McGee. The extra point gave the Owls a 7-0 lead midway in the first quarter. Jablonski completed 4 of 5 passes on the drive.
After a three and out by the Falcons, the Owls engineered another scoring drive. Jablonski hit Jayson Holt for a six-yard touchdown pass after he completed a long bomb near the St. Aug goal line. The extra point was good to stretch the Owls' lead to 14-0.
The Falcons re-gained life on the first play of the second quarter. Laughinghouse caught a short pass, broke a tackle and outraced the Owl defenders for a 56-yard touchdown pass from Bacote. Michael Lima (Soph./Miami, Fla.) made the extra point to cut the Owls' lead to 14-7.
The touchdown rejuvenated the Falcons, who forced a three-and-out on the Owls' next series. Brian Richards (Jr./Waldorf, Md.) returned a punt 42 yards to midfield. After a roughing the passer penalty on third down kept the drive alive, Rowdy Batchelor (R-Sr./Jacksonville, N.C.) rambled 33 yards up the middle to the Owls' 2. On third down, Davenport outraced an Owl defender around the corner for a two-yard touchdown. Lima's extra point bounced off the left goalpost, however, and the Owls remained in front 14-13.
The Falcons took the lead a short time later when Robinson, a two-time CIAA linebacker of the week, intercepted a pass, juked a defender and almost broke away for a touchdown. He was stopped deep in Owls' territory, but the drive stalled. Lima put the Falcons' ahead with a 30-yard field goal.
The Falcons were in Owls' territory late in the first half, but turned the ball over on downs. Manning of the Falcons intercepted a deep pass to end the first half. The Falcons led 16-14 at halftime.
The first half was an offensive explosion by both teams, but the second half turned into a defense battle. Neither team generated much offense until late in the third quarter. After forcing a punt, the Falcons gained good field position near midfield. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Laughinghouse capped a five-play, 59-yard drive with his second touchdown catch of the day. He caught a slant pass from Bacote, shook off a defender on his back and ran 24 yards for his third touchdown of the season. Lima's extra point pushed the Falcons' lead to 23-14.
The score seemed to wake up the Owls, who marched downfield to the Falcons' 3 on the ensuing possession. But the Falcons' defense stiffened, and stopped the Owls on four consecutive plays. The Owls regained possession in Falcons' territory after forcing a punt, but the Falcons held firm again after the Owls drove to the 9. Davenport iced the game with a 54-yard touchdown jaunt up the middle. Lima booted the extra point for a 16-point lead, and the Falcons were on their way to victory.
While the Falcon football team was competing in Conntecticut, the Lady Falcon volleyball team was in Pennsylvania vying for their own victory to bring back to Raleigh.
Saint Augustine's University picked up its first two wins of the season on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at CIAA Round-Up I held at Lincoln (Pa.) University. The Lady Falcons defeated Bowie State University 25-16, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24 and Virginia Union University 25-22, 25-21, 27-25. The victories give the Lady Falcons a 2-0 CIAA record.
In the win over Bowie State, Victoria Davis (Jr./San Diego, Calif.) led the Lady Falcons with nine kills while Brittany Hicks (Sr./Louisburg, N.C.) and Na'Chanelle Brown (Fr./Columbia, S.C.) both added seven kills apiece. Julieesa Thomas (Fr./St. Croix, US Virgin Islands) added 28 assists, six service aces and 10 digs, and Chelsea Farrior (So./Tampa, Fla.) contributed 18 digs. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Paige McIntosh with seven kills and 10 digs while Kasi Eisenzimmer added 16 assists. Marissa Martinez finished with 19 digs.
Against Virginia Union, Jamie Goff (Jr./Rubonia, Fla.) had a team-high 10 kills for the Lady Falcons. Thomas collected 21 assists and four service aces while Farrior totaled four service aces and 12 assists. Kristal Woodard led VUU with 12 kills and five digs.
The Lady Falcons (2-6 overall) completes play in the CIAA Round-Up on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. They play host Lincoln (Pa.) at 11 a.m.
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