DURHAM, N.C. -  The Shaw University football team fell to cross-town rival Saint Augustine's University, 31-14 on Saturday, Nov. 4 in front of a packed Homecoming crowd at Durham County Memorial Stadium. The contest marked the second Annual Raleigh Classic where the Falcons took home the hardware sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.


The Bears end their season 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the league while the Falcons improved to 5-5 and 5-2 in the CIAA.


SAU scored the game's first touchdown after marching 78-yards on 15 plays. Shaw answered in the second quarter when junior Uriah Bethea (Upper Marlboro, MD) capped off a 13-play drive for 80 yards with a one-yard TD with 4:59 left but the Falcons took the lead again before the half on Demetrius Lewis' 13-yard TD pass to Sam Boyd.


Much of the third quarter was an offensive struggle for the Bears as Shaw fumbled on the quarters first possession and was recovered by SAU's Justin Shaw for a touchdown. The Falcons would extend their lead to 24-7 after a 20-yard field goal as SAU outscored Shaw 10-0 for the stanza.


In the fourth, the Falcons patted their lead with a two-yard rushing TD from Jeremiah Miller with 11:32 left on the clock. The Bears tried to pump some life when sophomore Tevin Perry (Bunn, NC) gathered 70-yards in a kickoff return to put the ball on the Falcons 21-yard line. That play would eventually lead to a 10-yard scamper from Perry to cut the deficit to 17 but it proved to be a little too late for a Bears comeback as SAU would use the clock to walk away with the win and hardware.


Shaw finished with 255 total offense, including 159 rushing and 96 passing while the Falcons posted 287 total offensive yards (199 rushing, 88 passing). Senior Darron Downing (Portsmouth, VA) completed 11-of-21 passes for 96-yards and one touchdown while junior running back Coleman Blackston (Baltimore, MD) recorded 66-rushing yards on 16 carries and sophomore Marquis Gorham (Greenville, NC) finished with 22-yards on three catches.


Defensively, freshman Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) collected a game-high eight tackles, followed by sophomore Devon Hunt (Rockingham, NC) and freshman Jaleel Scroggins (Raleigh, NC) with seven tackles apiece in the loss.


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