Sept. 19, 2009
SALEM, Va. - Even though the Fayetteville State football team beat Saint Paul's 24-0 in the 10th annual Western Virginia Educational Classic on Saturday, the Broncos were less than satisfied.
"I think we played decent," junior quarterback Benjamin Williams said. "I had a couple of mental mistakes that kept us from staying on the field, offensively. But all in all, I think we had a decent game.
Williams, who completed 18-of-30 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, was named the Classic's Offensive Player of the Game.
The Broncos' offense gained 398 yards of total offense and running back Richard Medlin rushed 20 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Kendon Doe had game highs in catches (8) and yards (105) in addition to a touchdown.
Still, Williams thinks his unit can play better.
"I think we have a long ways to go," Williams said. "We put up 24 points and it was a good win, but it should've been a lot more. We had a lot of mistakes offensively and we didn't get started until late in the second quarter. Against teams down the road, that'll get you beat. I think we just have to get out of making mistakes."
Williams' backfield mate Medlin agreed.
"The other games we had it was just mental mistakes and today we capitalized on some big plays and the defense played well," Medlin said. "We just capitalized on that." FSU's (2-2, 1-0 CIAA) defense continued its improvement, limiting the Tigers (1-2, 0-1 CIAA) to 134 yards of total offense.
Senior linebacker Marcos Esquivel led the Broncos defense with seven tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a fumble recovery and his second interception of the season.
Entering the contest the Broncos were surrendering more than 200 yards per game on the ground. Against Saint Paul's, head coach Kenny Phillips' unit allowed only 38 yards rushing.
"Our defense played stellar," said Williams. "They gave up a couple of plays but throughout the course of the game, they kept us in it when the offense was struggling. If the defense can keep playing like it did today, we're going to keep this thing rolling."
After a sluggish first quarter, Medlin capped off an eight play, 75-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run, giving FSU a 7-0 lead at halftime.
Medlin scored another touchdown in the third quarter and Doe caught a 21-yard pass from Williams to give the Broncos a 21-0 lead with 2:04 left in the third quarter.
Austin Turner, the Broncos' sophomore kicker, made a 24-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter - his CIAA-leading eighth of the season - to cap off the scoring.
FSU will host Virginia State at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Broncos will hold Military appreciation night.
"We just need to minimize the mistakes that we were making," said Williams about preparing for the Trojans. "The mistakes have really hindered us these last four games. "We can't make these mistakes. "
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