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WILBERFORCE, Ohio - The Benedict College Tigers combined for 333 yards of rushing yards in a lopsided 42-6 victory over the Marauders of Central State University on Saturday afternoon.bc cnst 9.17

The Marauder afternoon started off well as the offense opened the game with a long drive, reaching the Tigers' 5 yard line but a bad snap backed CSU up to the 17 yard line. With a freshmen kicker, CSU opted to go for a potential touchdown on fourth down. The BC defense answered the early challenge, causing CSU to lose more yardage and giving the ball to the Tiger  offense with excellent field position. On the next play, BC running back George Myers ran 54 yards down to the CSU 6 yard line. Short yardage back Jeremy Johnson punched the ball in for the score two plays later to give Benedict an early 7-0 lead. The Tigers went up 14-0 at the 12:27 mark of the second quarter thanks to a 13 play, 54 yard drive capped off by quarterback Phillip Brown's run from 3 yards out. CSU responded with its only score of the afternoon when Lavon Meeks' screen pass to Darian Nelson went 24 yards for a score. After a missed extra point, CSU trailed 14-6.

With 4:58 remaining in the first half, BC quickly recaptured the momentum when receiver Okechi Ntiasaqwe hauled in a one handed grab for 33 yards at the CSU 6 yard line to set up an eventual Phillips touchdown run to extend the Tiger lead to 21-6. Perhaps the only thing that didn't go well for BC in the first 30 minutes was a failed field goal attempt with 20 seconds left before halftime.

Benedict took full control of the game in the third quarter when Myers broke off another long run of 55 yards for a score and Robert Commings returned an interception 51 yards for another touchdown. With 1:05 left in the third quarter, BC had a commanding 35-6 edge over CSU. With the game in hand, BC threw the ball just once in the fourth quarter as Johnson and Myers shouldered most of the load to take time off the clock. CSU threatened to score late but a potential offensive score was quickly thwarted when Edward Kirkland picked off Meeks at the goal line and ran the length of the field. After a good extra point attempt, BC's lead ballooned to 42-6 with 1:50 to go. With the outcome decided, CSU backup quarterback Mikiel Clemons and the Marauder offense ran out the rest of the clock as the team fell to 0-3 on the season.

Myers finished the day with an impressive 235 yards on 13 carries while Johnson ran for 54 yards. As a team, BC ran the ball for a total of 43 times for 333 yards and an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Leading the Tiger defense was linebacker Kendrick Frazier who finished with 13 tackles, 1 sack and a pass break up. Kirkland had 6 tackles to go along with his interception. Travionte Brown also finished with 6 tackles and a team-high 3 pass break ups.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 2-1 on the season with a 1-0 mark in SIAC play. BC hosts Fort Valley State at home next week.

De'Michael Jackson was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise dismal day offensively. The senior running back rushed for 107 yards on 15 carries. Deonate Gary led the CSU defense with 13.5 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss.

Winless in their first three attempts and 0-2 in SIAC play, the Marauders turn their attention to next week's SIAC rivalry game against Kentucky State. The two teams will square off in the 33rd Circle City Classic held in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday beginning at 3 pm.


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