WINGATE, N.C. – The Shaw University football team suffered a 56-7 defeat at the hands of Wingate University in non-conference action on the road Saturday afternoon.
Shaw tallied 228 total yards of offense, including 155 yards through the air and 73 yards on the ground. Freshman quarterback Timothy Abbott (Washington, DC) completed 19-of-35 passes for 155 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Abbott rushed for 62 yards on eight carries, while freshman running back Tevin Perry (Bunn, NC) ran for 36 yards on 11 carries. Junior wide receiver Trevante Long (Greenbelt, MD) paced the Bears in receptions with nine – good for 79 yards.
Defensively, freshman linebacker Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) had a team-best 14 total tackles (eight solo, 14 assisted), while senior Keelan Jones (Kansas City, MO) and junior Donald Jones, Jr. (Durham, NC) both had six tackles each.
Due to a fumble by the Bears in the opening moments of the game, the Bulldogs got the ball in its own territory and a play later, Wingate scored a touchdown after just 15 seconds of play for 25 yards by Lawrence Pittman.
Shaw would be able to respond after a seven play drive for 62 yards as junior running back Rahim Winston, Jr. (Durham, NC) rushed for four yards for his first career touchdown at the 11:26 mark. Freshman kicker Beni Kinsemi's (Charlotte, NC) extra point would tie the contest at 7-all.
A series of events in favor of Wingate led to another Pittman touchdown on an eight yard rush at the 2:57 mark to take the lead 14-7.
Possessions later, a costly turnover for the Bears resulted in an interception for Wingate's Cameron Mattison as he scored a touchdown good for 90-yards to stretch the lead 21-7 over Shaw to close out the first half.
Despite the deficit, Shaw led Wingate in total yards with 172-160 and passing yards (92-72) but the Bulldogs held a 88-80 advantage in yards rushed in the first half.
The Bulldogs drove eight plays for 75 yards for a 21 yard touchdown by Pittman in the third quarter as the Bears trailed 28-7 with 12:16 left. After a three and out for the Bears, a high snap from Shaw caused the Bulldogs to get the ball at its own four yard line that would eventually result in a score for Wingate (35-7).
Things spiraled downhill for the Bears as the hosts went on to score 21 unanswered to collect the win. Turnovers led to three of the touchdowns.
Wingate totaled 438 yards of offense including 211 through the air. Kyle Johnson completed 4-of-7 passes for 107 yards at the quarterback position, while Pittman reeled in 20 carries for 137 yards and five touchdowns.
Shaw (0-2) will continue to look for its first win on the season when they return home to host UNC Pembroke of the Peach Belt Conference on Saturday, Sept. 17th at Durham County Memorial Stadium for Youth Football Cheerleader/ High School/ Church Day. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
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