FOOTBALL FALLS 25-22 TO FAYETTEVILLE STATE IN DIVISION OPENER

Photo by Donald Watkins.
Photo by Donald Watkins.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Shaw University football team came out on the short end of a hard-fought contest at the Fayetteville State University Saturday afternoon. The Bears held the league's top offensive rushing team to just 105-yards on the ground but fell short 25-22 to the Broncos in its Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division opener at the Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium.

The loss dips the Bears to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in league standings while FSU improves to 5-1 on the year and 3-0 in the CIAA.

Shaw compiled 295 total yards of offense while holding the Broncos to just 353 total offensive yards. The Bears accounted for 85 rushing and 104 passing while FSU could only muster 149 through the air but was 4-of-4 in the red zone scores and chances.

The Bears took a 14-3 lead ignited by a four-yard rushing TD from freshman running back Sidney Gibbs (Black Mountain, NC) at the 10:46 mark of the first quarter, followed by an 11-yard reception TD from senior Marquis Gorham (Greenville, NC) with 9:17 left in the second stanza.

Fayetteville State tacked on three points from a 22-yard field goal from Elton Andrew in the first frame but the Broncos pulled within four (14-10) when Toshiro Spivey added a six-yard scamper with 5:21 left in the first half. The Broncos scored one more time in the first half on a one handed 23-yard catch for Latimer Richard that gave them a 16-14 edge over Shaw at the break.

In the second half, Shaw trailed by nine points after FSU scored on a one-yard rush from Darnell Walker but the Bears got a break thanks to a safety with 1:35 left in third quarter to close the gap to 23-16. However, a missed snap for Shaw returned the favor for the Broncos as FSU gained a safety and a 25-16 lead over Shaw in the game's final 11:42.

Down the stretch and four possessions later, Shaw was able to connect on an eight play drive worth 93-yards for senior tight end Kevonta Moses' (Fort Myers, FL) fifth TD of the season but with just two seconds left in regulation and a failed attempt at a two-point conversion, the Bears simply ran out of time.

Junior quarterback Torrin Campbell (Toledo, OH) was 13-of-21 in pass completions for 123 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown while Gibbs rushed 18 times for 64-yards and a score. Moses finished with six catches for 86-yards and a TD to highlight the Bears offense while defensively, junior defensive back Kevin Sherman (Powder Springs, GA) paced the Bears with nine tackles and one tackle for loss while sophomore linebacker Aaron Worthy (Walkertown, NC) and senior linebacker Sadonte Fuller (Atlanta, GA) both contributed eight tackles apiece while Worthy was responsible for two tackle for loss.

Shaw will return to action Saturday, Oct. 19 versus Livingstone College for its annual homecoming game at the George Williams Athletic Complex. Kickoff is slated for 12 noon.

For the most up-to-date information on Shaw athletics and its 13 varsity sport teams, visit www.shawbears.com.