September 2017, Sports

Big play is not enough as Falcons lose home opener

RALEIGH, NC (Sept. 16) – Cornerback Delano Davis (Fr./Washington, DC) provided the biggest highlight for Saint Augustine’s University which he scooped up a fumble and rambled 92 yards for a touchdown in a 66-20 football loss to Bowie State University at the George Williams Athletic Complex on Saturday.

His spectacular scoring run in the second quarter not only halted a potential scoring drive by Bowie State but gave the Falcons their first lead of the season at 20-14. But the Bulldogs scored the rest of the points to remain unbeaten at 3-0.

The Bulldogs are the two-time CIAA Northern Division champions but the Falcons gave the visitors a scare in their home opener. The Falcons closed within 7-6 in the first quarter when Darryl “D.J.” Johnson found a wide-open Lenwood Joyner (Jr./Miami, FL) for a 35-yard touchdown pass.

The first quarter ended with the Bulldogs leading 14-6 but the Falcons pulled ahead in the second quarter. Josh Glisson (Jr./Charlotte, NC) rambled 18 yards for a touchdown on the quarter’s first play and scored the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14.

On the following series, the Bulldogs almost capped a long drive with a touchdown. But on first down and goal from the 1-yard line, the ball popped out of a pile and rolled to the eight-yard line. Davis picked up the loose ball and outraced a Bulldogs player the length of the field to the end zone. The Bulldogs player almost caught up with Davis but the freshman defensive back dove across the goal line for the touchdown.

The score brought the home crowd to its feet, but the Falcons couldn’t maintain the lead as they fell to 0-3 on the season. The Bulldogs regrouped and scored 24 straight points in the second quarter for a 38-20 halftime lead. They added 28 points in the third quarter for the final score.

For the Falcons, Jeremiah Miller (So./Miami, FL) rushed 14 times for 79 yards and linebacker James Hickman (Jr./Antioch, CA) led both teams with 12 tackles. Amir Hall completed 26 of 35 passes for 433 yards and six touchdowns for the Bulldogs. He also scored two rushing touchdowns including a 45-yard run.

The next game for the Falcons is Saturday, Sept. 23 against Lincoln (Pa.) University in Lincoln University, Pa. Game time is 5 p.m.

— Office of Sports Information