DURHAM, N.C. – 19 penalties worth 268 yards highlighted the Shaw University's performance in a 41-0 setback against FCS Division I opponent North Carolina Central University at the O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium Saturday night.
Both teams combined for a total of 35 penalties and 423 yards for the contest.
Early in the game, Shaw (0-2) showed some offensive potential with playmakers on the ground and through the air. Senior quarterback Darron Downing, Jr. (Portsmouth, VA) completed 5 of 12 passes for 71 yards with an interception while senior backup quarterback Carlos Quintero (Bronx, NY) connected 4 of 7 passes for 31 yards and an interception.
Defensively, the Bears really held their own against the defending Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) Champions led by sophomore Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) who amassed a game-high 10 tackles (5 solo) and one tackle-for-loss worth seven yards. Junior defensive back Hakiem Swann (Portsmouth, VA) tabbed seven tackles and two breakups while senior linebacker Andrew Cash (Semora, NC) and freshman defensive back Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) contributed five apiece for the Bears.
Despite being down 20-0 at halftime, the Bears were still in the contest after holding NCCU (1-1) scoreless in the third but the Eagles found the endzone three times in the fourth as Shaw was unable to answer.
Shaw will play again on Saturday, Sept. 16 when they play host to Malone in a non-conference contest. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
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