RALEIGH, N.C. – Shaw University football stumbled out the gate Saturday afternoon against rival Saint Augustine's, but a 24-3 scoring margin in the second half lifted the Bears to a 27-10 victory over the Falcons in the third annual Raleigh Classic at the George Williams Athletic Complex. The victory comes as the fourth-straight win for the Bears this season, which hasn't been done since 2010.
Shaw improves to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) action while SAU concludes its 2018 campaign 2-7 overall and 2-4 in the CIAA.
The Falcons led at halftime with a 7-3 lead after Darryl Johnson threw a five yard pass to Lenwood Joyner for a touchdown in the second quarter. Prior to that scoring possession, Shaw had scored on a 24 yard field goal from junior kicker Beni Kinsemi (Charlotte, NC) early in the first quarter.
SAU took a 10-3 lead at the 8:56 of the third stanza on a 25 yard field goal from Sean Smith but the Bears responded with a field goal of their own thanks to Kinsemi's 37 yard field goal that pulled Shaw within four (10-6) with 7:01 remaining in the quarter.
The Bears found their offensive groove in the fourth quarter ignited by a 29 yard pass from senior quarterback Keon Marsh (Queens, NY) to junior tight end Kevonta Moses (Fort Myer, FL) for a drive in the endzone. The next possession, Shaw's freshman linebacker Justin Daniels (Wilson, NC) registered his first career interception and returned the ball to the Falcons 13 yard line which led to a 13 yard rushing touchdown for senior running back Dorrel McClain (Raleigh, NC) to put the Bears ahead 20-10 over Saint Augustine's with 13:12 left in the game.
Shaw's defense had been stellar all game and to no surprise on SAU's next drive, senior defensive back Quron Hall (Jacksonville, FL) captured a career-high and his second interception on the day, picking off Johnson's pass to take the ball to the Falcons' 35 yard line.
However, on the Bears offensive drive, Marsh's pass intended for sophomore receiver Daniel Bender (Jacksonville, FL) was picked off by SAU's DaVaughn Taylor but it was called back to due to holding on the Falcons so the Bears continued their possession with a first down that followed up with a 19 yard rushing scamper from junior running back Tevin Perry (Bunn, NC) that provided a 27-10 lead for Shaw.
The Bears defense completely took the Falcons out of sync for the remainder of the contest led by junior linebacker Devon Hunt (Hamlet, NC) who recorded a career-high 17 tackles – one tackle shy from tying the program record of 18 tackles (most in game) to go along with 2.5 tackle for loss and one sack. Senior linebacker Andrew Cash (Semora, NC) added 10 tackles and 1.5 tackle for loss.
Offensively, the Bears tallied 318 yards (243 passing, 75 rushing) of total offense led by Marsh finished with 243 yards and one touchdown on 15-of-27 pass completions while Perry led the ground unit with seven carries for 50 yards and a score. Lastly, Bender recorded nine receptions for 179 yards in the winning effort.
Shaw will close out the 2018 season with a makeup contest with Chowan University on Thursday, Nov. 8 at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
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