CAA Football Recap – October 8

CAA Football Recap – October 8

William and Mary held off Delaware in a Top 25 showdown, while New Hampshire and Elon went undefeated in CAA play. Monmouth pushed their winning streak to four and Maine picked up their first win of the season.

William and Mary 27, Delaware 21
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In a tense and highly competitive Top 25 showdown, No. 16 William & Mary (5-1, 2-1 CAA) held off No. 6 Delaware (5-1, 3-1 CAA), 27-21.

A 4-yard run from Bronson Yoder put the Tribe ahead early in the second quarter, but the Blue Hens equalized as Kyron Cumby escaped for a 38-yard run. W&M took a 17-7 halftime advantage after running back Malachi Imoh found tight end Lachlan Pitts on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds left. The Tribe extended their lead to 24-7 early in the third quarter after Darius Wilson scored on a 1-yard run that was set up by a Blue Hens fumble on a punt. Delaware fought back behind quarterback Nolan Henderson, who threw touchdown passes to Jourdan Townsend (4 yards) and Chandler Harvin (3 yards) to make it 24-21 in three periods. W&M tacked on a 41-yard field goal from Ethan Chang with 1:45 left, and Delaware’s final drive failed.

Wilson passed for 144 yards for the Tribe, while Yoder rushed for 114 yards on 20 carries. Henderson finished 21 of 35 through the air for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns, with Townsend making eight catches for 91 yards. Johnny Buchanan made a record 19 saves for the UD defence, while John Pius had six tackles and two sacks for W&M.

Monmouth 38, Albany 31
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Jaden Shirden rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns and Owen Wright added 114 yards and 2 touchdowns as Monmouth (4-2, 2-1 CAA) outlasted UAlbany (1-4, 0-2 CAA), 38-31, for his fourth direct victory.

The Great Danes took an early 7-0 lead on Todd Sibley’s 2-yard run, but the Hawks responded with 75-yard and 30-yard runs from Shirden and a record-breaking 99-yard TD gallop from Wright to grab a 21- 7 advantage. Sibley, who finished with 144 rushing yards, scored on a 19-yard rush on the first drive of the third quarter to bring UAlbany up 24-17. The teams traded touchdowns as MU’s Tony Muskett connected with Jack Neri on a 16-yard pass before UA earned a 1-yard run from Reese Poffenbarager. Wright found the end zone from a yard to increase the Hawks’ lead to 38-24 before the Great Danes responded on an 8-yard pass from Poffenbarger to Roy Alexander with 3:38 remaining. UA drove to MU’s 26-yard line in the dying seconds but couldn’t score.

Muskett finished with 187 passing yards, while Poffenbarger threw for 263 yards. Jackson Ambush had 10 tackles and 1.5 TFLs for the Great Danes, while Mike Reid had nine saves, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups for the Hawks.

Elon 27, Towson 10
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Elon (5-1, 3-0 CAA) used a strong defensive effort to extend his winning streak to five with a 27-10 triumph over Towson (2-4, 0-3 CAA).

The Phoenix defense forced four turnovers and held the Tigers to 226 total yards. Towson took a 7-0 first-quarter lead on a 26-yard TD pass from Tyrrell Pigrome to Da’Kendall James. Elon responded with a 1-yard TD pass from Matthew McKay to Johncarlos Miller II and a 5-yard run from McKay to move up 14-7 at halftime. It was 20-10 midway through the fourth quarter after 51 and 48 yard field goals from EU’s Skyler Davis and a 36 yard FG from TU’s Keegan Vaughan, when Phoenix’s Marcus Hillman recovered a fumble . A play later, McKay fired a 31-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Daughtry to give Elon control.

McKay completed 19 of 30 passes for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns, with Jackson Parham having seven receptions for 152 yards. Pigrome passed for 108 yards and rushed for a team-high 36 for the Tigers. Mason Woods had a team-best 10 tackles for the Towson defense, while Devonte Chandler had five saves, 2.0 TFL, one sack and two forced fumbles for the Phoenix.

Maine 31, Hampton 24
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Austin Ambush intercepted a pass in the end zone with 57 seconds left as Maine (1-4, 1-1 CAA) held off Hampton (3-2, 0-2 CAA), 31-24, to his first win of the season.

The teams traded a pair of touchdowns each in the first 17 minutes of the game. Hampton quarterback Malcolm Mays threw scoring passes to Tyler Thompson (40 yards) and Jadakis Bonds (67 yards), while Maine got scoring runs from Elijah Barnwell (4 yards) and Zavier Scott (27 yards). The Pirates took the lead 21-17 midway through the third quarter on a 5-yard TD pass from Mays to Bonds and then nailed a 36-yard Axel Perez field goal. However, the Black Bears put together two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter, tying the game on Brock’s 7-yard run with 11:57 remaining, then taking the lead on Brock’s 25-yard reception from Joe Fagnano with 7:15 to go. The pirates pushed into Maine territory before Ambush sealed the victory with his interception.

Fagnano passed 19 of 24 for 213 yards and a TD and Barnwell ran for a team-high 90 yards. For Hampton, Mays threw for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns, with Bonds throwing 7 receptions for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. Adrian Otero had six tackles and an interception for the Black Bears defense, while Qwahsin Townsel had a team-high 12 tackles for the Pirates.

New Hampshire 24, Stony Creek 14
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Max Brosmer passed for 291 yards and two touchdowns as New Hampshire (4-2, 4-0) remained atop the CAA standings after beating Stony Brook (0-5, 0-4), 24-14.

The Seawolves struck first early in the second quarter on a 55-yard halfback pass from Ross Tallarico to Tyler Devera. The Wildcats took the lead 10-7 at halftime after a 3-yard run from Dylan Laube. UNH pushed their lead to 10 in the third quarter on a 5-yard pass from Brosmer to DJ Linkins. SBU closed 17-14 with 5:01 left on a 10-yard pass from Charlie McKee to Tallarico, but the Wildcats locked in the win when Brosmer connected with Brian Espanet on a 15-yard TD throw with 2:21 to play.

Along with Brosmer’s effort through the air, Laube ran for a team-best 77 yards and Joey Corcoran had seven catches for 96 yards. Making his first start for SBU, McKee was 18 of 26 passes for 190 yards and a TD, while Tallarico ran for a team-high 75 yards. Reidgee Dimanche had eight tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a forced fumble for the Seawolves defense. Dylan Ruiz had five tackles and 2.0 sacks for UNH.


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