September 2014

Junior runs for 178 yards in Falcon loss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Roderick Davenport (R-Jr./Orangeburg, SC) rushed for a career-high 178 yards on 30 carries as Saint Augustine’s University scored on its first two possessions, but Stillman College scored 31 consecutive points to defeat the Falcons 37-19 in a non-conference football game at Stillman Stadium on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Jordan Turkvant (R-Jr./Orangeburg, SC) caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown and Jamal Parker (R-So./Hampton, VA) had four catches for 43 yards for the Falcons. In his first start this season, Cyril Davis (R-So./Orangeburg, SC) tossed two touchdown passes on 20 of 38 passing for 170 yards. He also threw an interception. Defensively, Elijah Evans (R-Jr./College Park, GA) and Carlton Butts (Sr./Thomasville, GA) led the Falcons with nine tackles apiece.

Josh Staughan completed 16 of 24 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns for Stillman. Dondre Purnell caught seven passes for 114 yards and Reese Sturgis had three catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Jovantae Thurmon ran 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown and Jonathan Esther scored two touchdowns on three carries. Michael Herrod and Jeremy Hall each had seven tackles for the Tigers.

The Falcons (0-3 overall) got off to a good start when they forced the Tigers to punt on their first series. After a 24-yard Stillman punt, the Falcons drove 45 yards in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead. Reece Bradley (R-So./Fredericksburg, VA) capped the drive with a one-yard rush for the touchdown, and Michael Lima (R-Sr./Miami, FL) kicked the extra point. It was the first lead for the Falcons this season.

Stillman (2-1 overall) came back and scored on its next possession, but John’ta Cooper (Sr./Cairo, GA) blocked the extra point to preserve the Falcons’ lead at 7-6. The Falcons extended the lead on their second possession when Davis found Parker for a 17-yard touchdown pass to complete a nine-play, 61-yard drive. The kick failed but the Falcons led 13-6 in the first quarter.

Stillman took control the rest of the half. The Tigers scored 24 consecutive points in the second quarter to take a 30-13 lead into halftime.

The Falcons opened the second half with a long drive which stalled at the Stillman six-yard line. The Tigers responded with another touchdown on a 94-yard drive to stretch their lead to 37-13 in the third quarter. Turkvant scored the final touchdown for the Falcons in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard pass from Davis over a defender in the right corner of the end zone. The touchdown capped a 13-play, 68-yard drive.

The Falcons enter conference play next Saturday, September 27, when they host Chowan University in a CIAA contest. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

— Sports Information Office