Virginia State Tops Chowan in Home Opener

Petersburg, VA (WWBT)- Virginia State took the field at Rogers Stadium for the first time this season on Saturday night and treated the home fans to a solid performance against CIAA foe Chowan.

The Trojans used a stretch of four unanswered touchdowns to pull away from the Hawks and earn the 35-20 win.  Virginia State opened up the scoring, when Kenay Hawks found the endzone on a seven yard run to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.  Chowan would even the score in the second quarter and the two teams would head to halftime knotted at seven apiece.

VSU opened up the second half strong, scoring four straight TD's to put the game out of reach.  Tyler Wilson scored on a six yard run to make it 14-7 Trojans just 3:30 into the second half.  After Virginia State recovered a Hawks fumble deep in Chowan territory, quarterback Jared Battle ran it in from seven yards out to extend the lead to 21-7.  The fourth quarter saw Battle use his arm, hitting Dion Futch for an 86 yard touchdown play, and Futch would rush for a four yard score to put the Trojans ahead 35-7.  Chowan would score two additional touchdowns, including a 96 yard kickoff return, but it proved to be too little too late.

Wilson ended the day as the Trojans' leading rusher, carrying the ball 21 times for 82 yard and the score.  Battle finished the night 12-for-23 for 192 yards and the touchdown toss to Futch, who finished with 117 yards on just three receptions.

Virginia State will play its second of three scheduled home games next Saturday when Bowie State visits for a 6:00 pm kickoff.

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