Richmond, VA (WWBT)- After shutting out its first two opponents, Virginia Union had fallen in its last two games and looked to get back in the win column on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers welcomed Bowie State to Hovey Field and was able to even their conference record and pull above .500 for the season.
Quarterback Cheston Hickman threw for a career high 320 yards as Virginia Union held on for the 32-29 win. Bowie State would strike first, but two Panther touchdowns made the score 12-10 heading into halftime. The second half saw Union start to pull away. Hickman hit Matius Parker for a big gain to set up a Jarell Washington one yard touchdown run to make it 18-10 Panthers. After Bowie State pulled to within two, Hickman dumped it off the Washington, who did the rest and completed the touchdown play to extend the VUU lead to 25-16. Washington would add another rushing score in the fourth to make it 32-16, and held on after two late Bowie State TD's to earn the win.
Washington finished with 73 yards on 19 carries, three rushing touchdowns and one receiving score as well. Raymond Mack pulled in six receptions for 107 yards, while Antonio Harris and Patrick Grant tallied 12 tackles each to pace the Panther defense.
Virginia Union is back in action next Saturday at home when Chowan visits Hovey Field for a 1:00 pm kickoff.