CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Using a 27-7 scoring advantage in the second half, the Shaw University football team spoiled Johnson C. Smith University's homecoming with a 36-19 victory at the Irwin Belk Complex Saturday afternoon in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Southern Division action.
The win improves Shaw's overall record to 4-4 overall, 3-2 in the CIAA, 2-1 in the South and most importantly the win still provides a chance for a division title with Fayetteville State's loss to Saint Augustine's this afternoon. The Golden Bulls drop to 2-6 on the year, 1-4 in league and 0-3 in the South.
Freshman running back Sydney Gibbs (Black Mountain, NC) rushed for 143-yard on 25 carries while senior tight end Kevonta Moses (Fort Myers, FL) caught five passes for 73-yards and two key touchdowns as junior quarterback Torrin Campbell (Toledo, OH) came off the bench to connect 5-of-7 passes for 90-yards and two TD's. Senior quarterback Vidal Woodruff (Tampa, FL) was the Bears starter, registering 7-of-19 passes for 77-yards and an interception.
The Bears trailed 13-9 at halftime. JCSU had scored the game's first TD on a six-yard scamper from Emanuel Wilson – the conference's leading rusher while Shaw was 3-for-3 in field goals as senior kicker/punter Beni Kinsemi (Charlotte, NC) drilled a 24-yarder, 28-yarder and 36-yarder to pull Shaw within four at intermission.
JCSU extended its lead to double digits (19-9) on a 74-yard punt return but after switching QB's in the second half, Campbell found a wide open Moses in the end zone for a four-yard reception TD with 9:54 left in the third quarter. The Bears then scored again, this time from senior wide receiver Marquis Gorham (Greenville, NC) on a 36-yard pass from Campbell that provided the Bears a 22-19 edge – its first lead of the contest.
Shaw sustained its high energy in the fourth quarter when Campbell blitzed up the middle to find Moses wide open again for another Bears TD with 9:11 remaining in regulation and from there, it was all Shaw as the Bears sealed the road win on a 68-yard interception for junior defensive back Jaleel Scroggins (Raleigh, NC) who stiffed armed two Golden Bulls into the end zone for ultimately the 36-19 win.
Sophomore linebacker Aaron Worthy (Walkertown, NC) led the way for the Bears defensively with eight tackles, 2.5 tackle for loss and one sack while junior defensive lineman Dast Sturkie (Anniston, AL) added seven tackles, 4.5 tackle for loss and one sack.
For the contest, Shaw tallied 349 total yards of offense including 182 rushing and 167 passing. The Golden Bulls finished with 256 offensive yards as the Bears defense held the Golden Bulls running game to just 67-yards and 187 through the air.
Shaw will continue its road skid, heading to Winston-Salem State University on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. for another CIAA Southern Division tilt at the Bowman-Gray Stadium.
For the most up-to-date information on Shaw athletics and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.