It was a chilly and damp evening to play Saturday night football. Before coming to the game, Rowan had suffered their first loss of the season against Montclair University, hoping to avoid another loss against an undefeated Christopher Newport team.
The action of the game began early in the first quarter when Rowan’s defense made an early impact. Christopher Newport’s quarterback K.J. Kearney made a poor throw by throwing an interception to Ryan Brenner. Brenner took the ball 42 yards towards the opposite end of the field at the Christopher Newport 10-yard line. Rowan took advantage of the good field position, and scored right way by handing the ball off to running back Gawain Bragg for a 10-yard touchdown with 12: 46 minutes left in the first quarter.
The game stayed fairly quiet until the last minute of the first quarter when Christopher Newport missed an opportunity to score, that would haunt them later. Kicker Grant Kelchner missed an easy field goal at 25 yards, the score remained 7-0 Rowan. Rowan couldn’t capitalize on their next procession, but their defense helped them out.
Christopher Newport was planning on scoring as they drove the ball down to Rowan’s 12-yard line at 10:44 in the second quarter when tight end Danny Mattson fumbled. It was picked up by defensive end, Kevin Stokes who took the ball 57 yards to Christopher Newport’s 31-yard line.
“Every week of practice we make sure we put a big definition on causing turnovers. We know turnovers give our offense more chances to score. So the more turnovers we cause the better chance that we would have with coming away with a win” said Kevin Stokes, after the game.
The Profs took advantage of the fumble recovery, and came out of the drive with points. Kicker Tyler Knighton, perfectly kicked a 34-yard field goal, leaving Rowan ahead 10-0 after two quarters.
“I just told them they started off for the first time this year really well in the first half. We needed to finish the game off in the second half, and to play to the best of our ability, and I thought the guys did that,” said Coach Jay Accorsi after the game.
Christopher Newport came out of halftime strong. Quarterback K.J. Kearney, threw to wide receiver, Taylor Loudan, for a goal line touchdown at 8:40 minutes left in the third quarter, the score was 10- 7, Rowan. Rowan almost lost the lead with 6:20 minutes in the third quarter when wide receiver Dashown Waller, fumbled the football. Defensive back André Toran, caused the fumble, and tried to take the ball to the end zone, but Rowan had other plans. Wide receiver Jamel Smith ripped the ball away sending the ball out of bounds for a touchback.
Christopher Newport had a chance to take the lead with around three minutes left in the fourth quarter, but quarterback K.J. Kearney threw his second interception of the evening to defensive back Shaquille Lee. After the interception Christopher Newport had one more chance to make something happen with four seconds left on the clock, but they failed to score.
Rowan win’s the game 10-7, being undefeated at home early in the season.
“I thought it was huge and I mean they are undefeated, they are 4-0, leading the conference with an undefeated record, and we’re coming off from our first conference loss. So I thought it was huge for us to come back against a very good football team, and win the game. The guys did that, they responded,” said head Coach Jay Accorsi after the game.