Sept. 15, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, NC – The Fayetteville State Broncos opened its home schedule on Saturday evening with a 28-17 victory over the Virginia Union Panthers at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium. The victory for the Broncos was their first of the 2012 season.
Fayetteville State (1-2) rushed for 131 yards as a team, led by Colon Bailey (Jr., Manteo, NC) with 80 yards on 15 carries, and had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally from a three-point deficit against the Panthers (2-1). The Broncos scored their two rushing touchdowns within a six-minute span in the final quarter, highlighted by Bailey’s 15-yard run to seal the game with 2:40 left in the contest.
“It’s a good feeling to get the first win of the season in the books,” said head coach Kenny Phillips. “Overall we did a good job of getting off the field on third down. It was a great team win for us tonight in all aspects of the game. The biggest difference tonight was overcoming the mistakes we made in the football game and be able to get a win.”
Virginia Union was led offensively by running back Jerrell Washington with 152 yards on 24 carries, and put the Panthers on the scoreboard first in the opening quarter scoring his only touchdown of the game from 16 yards out. The Fayetteville State defense limited Virginia Union quarterback Kenneth Graham to just 46 yards passing on 4-of-20 attempts, while compiling two sacks and one interception.
After the touchdown run by Washington put the Panthers in front 7-0 with 5:30 left in the first quarter, the Broncos answered back to tie the game 7-7 on a 48 yard touchdown pass connection from Chauncey Concepcion (So., Charlotte, NC) to Kasunn Williams (So., Rocky Mount, NC). The touchdown pass by Concepcion was his first of the season, and also the first passing touchdown of the season by Fayetteville State.
Michael Johnson (So., Clayton, NC) gave the Broncos their first lead of the game at 14-7 just before halftime at the 2:04 mark when he intercepted a Graham pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown. It was Johnson’s second touchdown of the season as he also had a kickoff return for a touchdown in the season opener at North Carolina Central on Sept. 1.
Virginia Union kicker Stephen Velasquez trimmed its deficit to 14-10 midway through the third quarter with his 36-yard field goal, and then Graham’s 13-yard touchdown run put the Panthers back in front 17-14 with 44 seconds left in the third stanza.
From there Fayetteville State’s defense held Virginia Union scoreless in the fourth quarter, while its ground game took control and compiled two scoring drives that took a combined 11:18 off the clock. The Broncos held the ball for 12:27 in the final quarter, while the Panthers had the ball for just 2:33. Fayetteville State made its two fourth quarter drives count as Andre Montgomery trimmed Virginia Union’s lead to 21-17 with his one-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal followed by the run from Bailey.
Concepcion and Andreas Hudson (Sr., Philadelphia, PA) combined to go 10-of-14 through the air for 164 yards and one touchdown for Fayetteville State. Concepcion finished the game 8-of-10 for 109 yards and a touchdown, while Hudson went 2-of-4 for 55 yards. Montgomery added 48 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown for the Broncos, and Williams had a team-high 48 yards receiving with one touchdown. Anthony Duran (Jr., Gilbert, AZ) added four catches for 34 yards and Antonio Allen (Jr., Raleigh, NC) had one catch for 34 yards. Bryce Williams (Sr., St. Petersburg, FL) paced the way for the Fayetteville State defense with 10 total tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss.
The Broncos will remain at home next Saturday, Sept. 22 as they open CIAA play against Elizabeth City State at 6 p.m. It will be Military Appreciation Night at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium as all military personnel with an identification card get in for $10, while active military can pick up tickets on post. There will be a special pre-game ceremony recognizing local Wounded Warriors.