by Falcons Sports Information Department
Jefferson City, TN (Sept. 9) – Darryl "D.J." Johnson (Jr./Richmond, VA) threw for over 200 yards and Josh Glisson (Jr./Charlotte, NC) rushed for more than 100 yards but Saint Augustine's University fell to Carson-Newman University 41-14 in a non-conference football contest at Burke-Tarr Stadium on Saturday.
Johnson completed 19 of 30 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was very elusive in the backfield which allowed him to avoid tacklers and extend plays. The Falcons quarterback completed several passes for first downs after using his feet to scramble out of danger.
Glisson churned out his second straight 100-yard game to open the season. The workhorse back carried 27 times for 126 yards including a one-yard scoring leap in the second quarter. The touchdown was the first points for the Falcons this year.
Wide receiver Sam Boyd (Sr./St. Petersburg, FL) added seven catches for 93 yards including a 23-yard reception late for his first touchdown of the season. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound receiver is a Preseason All-CIAA selection and drew the attention of many NFL scouts in August.
Led by the trio and a stingy defense, the Falcons only trailed 13-7 at halftime after falling behind 13-0. The offense was in Eagles territory four times and the defense forced four three-and-outs which resulted in good field position in the first half. Missed scoring opportunities - the Falcons failed to recover a fumble near the goal line after a sack and an errant pass sailed past a wide-open Boyd near the end zone – caught up with the visitors after halftime.
Carson-Newman (2-0 overall) scored 28 consecutive points on four consecutive drives in the second half to pull away. The Falcons finished the scoring on Boyd's touchdown catch. The stellar receiver caught a lob pass from Johnson despite a defender draped over him.
The momentum turned in Carson-Newman's favor early in the third quarter. Lenwood Joyner (Jr./Miami, FL) appeared to draw a pass interference penalty deep in Eagles territory when a defender ran into him on the play. There was no flag, however, and the Falcons were stopped on fourth down and short at the Eagles 37. Carson-Newman scored on the ensuing drive for a 20-7 lead and never looked back.
Joyner had four catches for 64 yards and Glisson caught four passes for 29 yards. Jake Ford (So./Victoria, Australia) averaged 43.8 yards per punt including a game-high 52 yarder. Defensive lineman Chasz Cosby (Sr./Charlotte, NC), a Preseason All-CIAA pick, totaled nine tackles and linebacker Howard Newsome (Jr./Dothan, AL) added eight tackles including a sack. Defensive lineman Darius Goodman (R-Sr./Richmond, VA) tallied six tackles including a ferocious hit on a sack which forced a fumble.
For the Eagles, Derrick Evans completed 7 of 10 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Dorren Miller caught both scoring passes - his only receptions in the game - to finish with 125 yards. Antonio Henderson had a game-high 11 tackles and one sack.
The loss was the second straight for the Falcons, who play at home for the first time this season next Saturday. The Falcons will host defending CIAA Northern Division champion Bowie State University at the George Williams Athletic Complex on Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.