DURHAM, N.C. – Shaw University football dropped its season finale at home to Chowan University, 47-27 at Durham County Memorial Stadium Thursday night. The loss concludes the Bears season to 5-5 overall – something that hasn't happened since 2013 while the Hawks finish 6-4 for 2018.
Shaw was led by senior quarterback Keon Marsh (Queens, NY) who finished with 294 yards and four touchdowns on 32-of-49 pass completions while sophomore wide receiver Daniel Bender (Jacksonville, FL) hauled in 14 catches for 169 yards and a career-high three touchdowns and senior running back Dorrel McClain (Raleigh, NC) rushed 15 times for 86 yards.
The Bears defense was anchored by sophomore defensive back Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) who recorded a career-high 14 tackles (11 solo) while sophomore linebacker Jaleel Scroggins (Raleigh, NC) collected seven stops.
The Bears got two big plays from Bender and junior tight end Kevonta Moses (), following a Marsh and Bender connection for a six yard scamper as Shaw's opening drive went 13 plays, 79 yards and covered 5:27 of game time for the 7-0 control but that would be short lived as the Hawks quickly responded on a five play 70 yard drive capped off by a pass from Bryce Witt to Paul Gooden to tie the game at 7-all with 7:19 on the clock.
At the 5:13 mark, Bender scored his second touchdown of the night thanks to a 13 yard pass from Marsh but Chowan fired back on a 10 yard rushing TD from Witt. However, the Hawks missed the extra point, therefore, the Bears held a 14-13 edge.
After a 61 yard rush from Tyrell Freeman, Witt found Gooden for a 15 yard TD that provided a 20-14 lead over the Bears early in the second quarter. On the ensuing possession, Shaw got the ball to Chowan's 23 yard line but a fumble by senior Raymond Green, Jr. (Durham, NC) resulted in recovery for the Hawks as time ran off the clock for intermission with CU having the ball on their own 41 yard line.
Chowan scored on the first drive to start the second half with a 27 yard reception TD from Adrian McNeil. Shaw found nothing from its offense on the next possession, forcing to punt as the Hawks then scored again, this time on a one yard rush from Freeman that would put the Hawks ahead 34-21 with 4:53 left in the quarter.
Sparked by a 48 yard return from junior running back Tevin Perry (Bunn, NC), the Bears were able to capitalize on groundage when Marsh teamed up with Green, Jr. for a six yard reception TD to pull Shaw within 34-27 to close out the third stanza.
Shaw would be outscored 13-0 as Chowan scored on the opening drive of the fourth quarter led by a four yard touchdown from Imeek Watkins before another five yard score from Freeman iced the game and any comeback from the Bears.
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