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Virginia State falls at home to No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne

ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) -

 Junior Kevon Bellamy scored Virginia State University's lone touchdown, as No. 6 Lenoir-Rhyne University spoiled the Trojans home opener, 34-6 in Rogers Stadium Saturday afternoon. Bellamy's 1-yard touchdown run was the first rushing touchdown of his career.
 
Virginia State (0-2) kept the game close going into the half holding the Bears to no passing yards and only seven points. The Trojans continued frustrating LR's offense throughout the third quarter, holding the powerful offense to only 13 points going into the fourth quarter.
 
"Lenoir-Rhyne is a really good football team," head coach Latrell Scott said. "When you look at one of the top 10 teams in the country, I think one of their best characteristics is that they hung in there when the game was close. They never panic when the game was close. They didn't change their course, stuck to what they were good at, and they started making plays down the stretch."
 
"I think late we gave up some things in the run game, we generally don't give up, but I think their scheme dictated most of that. We got to come back tomorrow, see what went wrong and start looking toward next week."
 
VSU's defense locked down Lenoir-Rhyne's passing game to no yards on three attempts. Senior captain Brandon Robinson led the defense, recording eleven tackles (eight solo); while sophomore Bryce Bradley registered nine in the effort.
 
One thing I told the other media going into this game was, any time you punt and don't get points, you give those guys the ball back. They are a ball control offense, so the more possessions you give them the better off they are. I thought our defense played lights out for three quarters and you have to give those guys their credit. Coach Holmes has done a heck of a job with those guys, so hats off to them.
 
VSU travels to Frankfort, Ky. to face Kentucky State University Saturday, Sept. 20 in Alumni Stadium at 4 p.m.

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