COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Morehouse College special teams came up big as the Maroon Tigers spoiled Benedict College’s homecoming, 14-10, Saturday afternoon in Columbia, S.C.
Morehouse improves to 7-1, 3-1 SIAC while Benedict falls to 5-2, 3-1 SIAC.
Morehouse scored on the first possession of the game when Benedict had a bad snap on a punt attempt that was picked up by freshman Ben Goins and returned 10 yards for a touchdown giving the Maroon Tigers an early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter BC’s quarterback, Dominique Harris found Danye Washington in the corner of the end zone on an 11-yard touchdown pass tying the score at 7-7.
Just before the half, Morehouse’s senior linebacker, Lynd Parrish blocked a Benedict punt and sophomore, Bertram Johnson scooped it up and ran it in from five yards out for their second special teams TD giving Morehouse a 14-7 lead going into the locker rooms.
Benedict would add the only score of the second half for both teams as Rigoberto Tinoco connected on a 26-yard field goal making the score 14-10.
The special team scores along with the stingy Maroon Tiger defense was all Morehouse needed as they held on for the 14-10 victory.
The Morehouse offense struggled for the second consecutive week as they could only manage 148 yards of total offense and eight first downs.
Morehouse’s defense held BC to only 192 yards of total offense including holding the Tigers to a season-low 59 yards passing.
Offensively sophomore Michael Sims finished 10-of-23 for 100 yards while sophomore Santo Dunn with 38 all-purpose yards.
Defensively senior defensive lineman, Kamari Jones-Hunter, finished with a game-high 13 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss, while junior Edward Nelson and freshman Daniel Norman each finished with eight tackles. Senior Mandell Ray chipped in with four tackles and two interceptions in the victory.
Courtesy: Morehouse Athletics