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Ettrick, VA- Virginia State University ended the 2016 home season undefeated in Rogers Stadium with a 49-21 victory over the Hawks of Chowan University.

"What a beautiful day for football today," expressed Head Coach Reggie Barlow. "I was so grateful to take the field with our seniors. Our guys had a great week of practice, they wanted to send our seniors off right. Having a 5-0 record at home is a testament to our team identity. I'm very proud of our coaches, student athletes, and support staff!"vsu trojan

The Trojans improve to a 7-2 overall record, 4-2 in conference play. The Hawks are now 5-4 overall, 3-3 in conference play.

VSU's offense finished the game with 522 yards of total offense, while the Trojan defense held the Hawks to 303 yards.

Virginia State is ranked at #8 nationally in rushing yards, averaging 264.8 yards per game and today was no different. Junior running back Trenton Cannon (Hampton, VA) rushed for an impressive 162 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns. Cannon has rushed for over a hundred yards in the last three games and is second in the CIAA in scoring. The CIAA's third leading scorer, senior running back Kavon Bellamy (Hampton, VA) followed up for the Trojans offense recording 109 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Josh Harris (King William, VA) contributed 101 yards in the air, recording his first collegiate 100+ game and scoring a pair of touchdowns. Senior quarterback Tarian Ayres (Buckingham, VA) completed 14-of-25 pass attempts for a season high of 176 yards.

The Hawks were offensively led by Tyrone Carter and Ryan Nolan who both recorded 73 receiving yards.

Junior linebacker Brandon Lynch (Norfolk, VA) fueled the Trojan defense recording seven solo tackles. Senior Bryant Frazier (Glen Allen, VA) contributed 5 solo tackles and 3 sacks. Frazier leads the CIAA in sacks.

Vicente Stafford led the contest defensively recording nine solo tackles for the Hawks.

With 2:53 remaining in the first quarter a fumble recovery by sophomore TyVaughan Kirby-Johnson (Richmond, VA) gave the Trojans possession and a chance to erase a scoreless first quarter by both teams. Five plays later Cannon rushed 20 yards scoring his first of three touchdowns. The extra point kick by Hillquist gave the Trojans a 7-0 edge over the Hawks. The Hawks answered back on their very next drive as Lee rushed for 21 yards to knot the score up at 7-all and the first quarter.

The second quarter was all Virginia State. Ayres opened the quarter on 2nd and 8 connecting with Harris for a 36 yard touchdown. After 21 unanswered points, VSU entered halftime with a 28-7 advantage over the Hawks.

Both offenses seemed to get off to a slow start in the second half, but the Hawks were able to put together a 5 play 50 yard drive to make it a 28-14 game.

Virginia State's defense handled business in what seemed to be a scoreless third quarter for the offense, but with 43 seconds left, Ayres rushes into the end zone on a quarterback keep giving the Trojans their 21 point cushion back.

The Trojans running back duo of Hampton natives Bellamy and Cannon each visited the end zone in the fourth quarter to seal the deal on the 49-21 victory.

"Today's my last home game and I couldn't have wanted to finish my football career with any other group of seniors," shared Bellamy. "I take my bow to Rogers Stadium and thank VSU for changing my life. In these last four years I came, graduated, and won a championship while doing it."

The Trojans will travel up the road on November 5 to face I-95 rivals, Virginia Union University, for the final game of the 2016 season. Kick-off is set for 1pm.

~VSU Sports Information GA- Shalyn Moore


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