RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University football team had five different players score a touchdown en route to a 35-14 win over Livingstone College at Durham County Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division contest.
The Bears (3-4, 2-3 CIAA, 1-1 South) earned their third victory at home this season to improve to 3-1 at Durham County Memorial Stadium while handing the Blue Bears (0-4 CIAA, 0-2 South) their seventh-straight loss.
Senior quarterback Darron Downing (Portsmouth, VA) completed 24-of-37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Michael Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) led the running game for Shaw with 54 yards on eight carries and one touchdown while sophomore Darren Jones (Miami, FL) rushed two times for 22-yards and a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Trevante Long (Greenbelt, MD) hauled in seven passes for 76 yards to lead the receivers while freshman Daniel Bender (Jacksonville, FL) had five receptions for 43-yards and a touchdown and freshman Christopher Velezquez (Richmond, VA) finished with four catches for 44-yards and one score.
Defensively, sophomore Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) led the Bears with 10 tackles, including 1.5 tackle for loss and one sack. Freshman Jaleel Scroggins (Raleigh, NC) had nine tackles, three tackle for loss, and one sack. Sophomore Eric Walker (Miami, FL) added eight stops.
Shaw took the ball and marched 84-yards on five plays for the opening score, following a three-yard rushing touchdown from Downing in the second quarter to give Shaw a 14-0 lead at the 12:30 mark. The Bears would closed out the first half with two more scores as Sherman ran in the endzone for 45-yards and Downing connected with Bender for a 30-yard TD reception to push the lead 28-0 at halftime.
The Blue Bears scored their first touchdown of the game in the third quarter but Downing mustered a 14-yard pass to Velezquez to keep distance 35-7 over LC.
Although Thaddeus Bell would connect with Brandon Duncan for a two-yard touchdown for the Blue Bears, it would not not be enough as the Bears were able to walk away with the win.
The Bears finished the contest with 284 total offense (262 passing, 22 rushing) while LC tallied 348 yards that featured 254 through the air and 94 on the ground.
Shaw will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 21, when the Bears play at Johnson C. Smith. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start from Charlotte, N.C.
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