Columbia, SC (WWBT)- Virginia Union secured its second straight shutout, topping Benedict, 27-0, in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday afternoon. The victory improves the Panthers to 2-0 and they've outscored opponents 39-0 in two games this season.
Virginia Union quarterback Cheston Hickman, a Columbia native, enjoyed his homecoming. Hickman complete 9-of-20 pass attempts for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his scoring strikes found the hands of Matias Parker, with Stephen Templeton catching the other. The Panthers added another score on the defensive side, as Antonio Harris recovered a fumble and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown.
The defense stepped up throughout the afternoon. In addition to the fumble recovery, Brian Gurley and Brian Smith each came away with an interception. Caesar Burton tallied nine tackles in the victory, as well.
The back-to-back shutouts mark the first time the Panthers have held two straight opponents scoreless since 1985. Virginia Union will return home to face Winston-Salem State at 7:00 pm on Saturday.