by Hawks Sports Information Department
Cleveland, MS – The Chowan Football team suffered a 42-13 setback to the Statesmen of Delta State on the road on Saturday afternoon.
FINAL | Chowan 13, Delta State 42
RECORDS | Chowan 0-2, Delta State 2-0
LOCATION | Cleveland, Miss (McCool Stadium)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Bryce Witt followed up last week's performance with his first career 300-yd contest. Witt completed 27-41 passes for 319 yards and two scores.
Herman Dupas Jr. led the Hawks receiving topping the 100 yard mark with 120 yards and six catches. Torry Bakerhauled in a team-high eight receptions for 57 yards. Dupas Jr. and Baker scored a touchdown each.
Delta State's defense swarmed the Hawks backfield on their way to 10 sacks and -26 yards rushing.
Tyrell Freeman netted 25 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Ahmond Gomez and Randy Allen Jr. carried the load on the defense with nine and eight tackles respectively. Gomez tallied an interception in the loss. Marcus Devin recorded a 17-yd interception for the Hawks.
Michael Offutt Jr. had 123 return yards on the afternoon including a 79 yard kick return.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Delta State scored on their opening drive with a seven play 64-yd drive. Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Week Chris Robinson scored on a seven yard run for the early 7-0 advantage.
Back-to-back sacks on the Hawks' second drive stalled the attack giving the Statesmen the ball in plus territory. The Hawks held their ground and forced a three-and-out.
DSU's defense caused problems on the Hawks' next possession as a strip sack gave the Statesmen the ball at the 11 yard line. Chris Robinson would find the endzone on the next play for the 14-0 lead.
The Statesmen rushing attack was strong on their next possession racking up 76 yards on the ground for the score to push their lead to 21-0.
Chowan struggled to find their rhythm throughout the quarter. Despite the lack of offense the Hawks' defense held strong forcing a missed field goal midway through the quarter. Chowan handed the ball back to Delta State after another strip sack found the arms of a Statesmen defender.
Ahmond Gomez stepped in front of a pass on the next possession as DSU was heading in to score. Gomez intercepted the pass at the goal-line and was tackled at the one.
The Hawks marched the ball down the field with 4:54 remaining in the half. Bryce Witt connected on four straight passes to bring the ball into DSU territory. Witt connected with Paul Gooden for 19 yards and found Torry Bakeron a 27 yard strike. Witt would find Gooden again for a first down at the DSU 26. A personal foul call pushed the Hawks back. A fourth down completion to Gooden came up short.
Chowan found a spark during the drive as Marcus Devin intercepted the pass and took it down to the nine yard line with less than a minute remaining in the half. Bryce Witt found Adrian McNeil for an eight yard pass but was stopped at the one. The Statesmen front line held their ground as the Hawks failed to score in the half.
Delta State opened their lead to 28-0 on their second drive of the second half marching the ball down the field 71 yards on nine plays.
Chowan found life thanks to a defensive play by Tyler Bembry with a fumble recovery at the DSU 11. Bryce Wittconnected with Torry Baker twice to score the touchdown. The PAT failed as the Hawks trailed 28-6 with 2:51 remaining in the quarter.
DSU used their ground attack again to march the ball down the field to widen their advantage to 35-6.
On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Offutt Jr. fielded the ball at the CU nine yard line and found a crease as Offutt Jr. returned the kick to the DSU 12 for a 79 yard return. The Hawks would let the return go to waste as the Statesmen picked off a pass at the goal-line.
Trailing 42-6 at the early portion of the quarter, Bryce Witt connected on all three passes on the drive to set up the score. Witt started the drive with an 11 yard pass to Adrian McNeil. Witt then found Herman Dupas Jr. on completions of 30 and 34 yards and a score.
Delta State would run the clock down handing the ball back to the Hawks with three minutes to play.
Chowan continues their southern road trip as the Hawks make the trip to Pensacola, Fla. to face West Florida in a non-conference game. The Hawks picked up the 35-28 victory last season at Garrison Stadium.