RALEIGH, N.C. – The Shaw University football team dropped its 2016 season-opener 35-6 to Limestone College Saturday, Sept. 3 at Durham County Memorial Stadium. The Bears was led defensively by eight total tackles from freshman linebacker Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) and two interceptions from senior cornerback Bruce Parker, Jr. (New York, NY).
Shaw falls to 0-1, while Limestone improves to 1-0 on the young season.
The Bears struggled offensively as they totaled 97 yards of offense, including -79 rushing yards and 176 passing yards. Freshman quarterback Timothy Abbott (Washington, D.C.) went 19 of 33 passing in his debut behind center. Junior running back Rahim Winston, Jr. (Durham, NC) tallied 33 yards on the ground, while junior wide receiver Trevante Long (Greenbelt, MD) had eight catches for 75 yards. Seven fumbles also proved costly for the Bears.
Limestone tallied 159 yards on the ground to go along with 122 yards passing for a total of 281 yards on the day. Quarterback Ivan Corbin went 11 of 28 for 122 yards, while Ga'Quan Maize rushed for 92 yards on 13 carries and totaled 42 yards on four receptions.
Both teams were scoreless going into the second quarter but Saints jumped on the scoreboard first after an interception from the Bears that resulted in a 32-yard touchdown. Following a miscue from the Bears, the Saints recovered for a six yard touchdown with 9:13 left in the second quarter before Corbin found Vyncint Smith for a 41-yard pass in the end zone.
The Saints opened up the second half with a 72-yard rush for a touchdown by Maize to stretch its lead 28-0 over the Bears at the 14:54 mark. Unable to respond, Shaw was forced to punt after no gains in the third stanza but a turning point came at the 9:52 mark when Parker, Jr. picked off a pass from Corbin for 40-yard touchdown.
In the final minutes of the third quarter, a costly turnover from the Bears led to a touchdown for Limestone as the score showed 35-6 heading into the final stanza. The Bears attempts to get within or closed the gap would be short lived as time expired in the fourth.
The Bears will look ahead as they travel to Wingate on Sept. 10 for a non-conference matchup. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.
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