The defense for the Delta State University Statesmen continued to deliver the goods against the Chowan University Hawks here Saturday at Parker Field-McCool Stadium.
The Statesmen recorded 10 sacks and held the Hawks to -26 yards rushing and 293 total yards for the game in their 42-13 win to push their record to 2-0. Chowan fell to 0-2.
Ovenson Cledanord spearheaded the DSU defense with six total tackles including four sacks with two forced fumbles. Chandlor Ector was DSU's leading tackler with 10 total tackles including two tackles-for-loss with a half sack. The defense also forced two turnovers which was huge considering the fact the offense turned it over four times with the team committing 14 penalties for 100 yards.
“I thought our defense played well all day,” Delta State head football coach Todd Cooley said. “Offensively, we had too many penalties and too many turnovers. We have a chance to be a good offense and a chance to be a really good football team. We have to go back and address those issues this week.”
One of DSU's players made history as Vince Sciorrotta went 6-for-6 on PAT kick to push his career point total to 265, which makes him the all-time leading scorer in school history.
DSU's ground game on offense was successful as 394 of the Statesmen's 473 yards of total offense came on the ground. Running back Chris Robinson led the Statesmen again with 90 rushing yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns. Back-up quarterback Collin Willis, who entered the game in the second half to replace a struggling Breck Ruddick, gave the Statesmen a shot in the arm by rushing for 79 yards with a touchdown on six carries and completing both of his passes for seven yards.
“He (Collin) is a good player and did a great job of coming in,” Cooley said. “He led us on two touchdown drives and we really needed those. He’s been a good player here for a while and I’m proud of Collin.”
LaDarion Peterson rushed for 77 yards with two touchdowns on seven carries, Trey Roberson rushed for 59 yards on 11 carries and Kelon Wilson rushed for 47 yards on three carries to aid the DSU ground game.
In the passing game, Ruddick completed just 6-of-19 passes for 72 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and rushed for 19 yards on seven carries. Former East Side standout Leon Green was Delta State's leading receiver with three catches for 43 yards with a touchdown.
Along Clednaord and Ector, DSU had several other players that did well on defense.
Landry Tullo recorded seven total tackles including 1.5 tackles-for-loss with a half sack, Johnquavious McBride racked up seven tackles, Jeffrey Leonard recorded five tackles with a sack, a forced fumble and a pass break-up, Zane Samuel had four tackles including 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, David Harrington finished the game with four tackles including a sack with a pass break-up, Eric Salder recorded four tackles including a tackle-for-loss with a half sack, Devontae Wilson had four tackles, Brandon Gaddy had three tackles including 1.5 tackles-for-loss, former Cleveland High standout Jared Hunt recorded three tackles with a tackle-for-loss, Brandon Tillman finished up with three tackles and an interception, Jacory McGee intercepted a pass, Josh Bradford recorded three tackles including a half tackle for loss, Jamoral Graham and Tyrell Brown had three tackles each, Zach Quarterman recovered a fumble and former Cleveland High standout Earnest Butler had two assisted tackles to round out DSU's defense.
Delta State will host West Georgia on Saturday to open Gulf South Conference play. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.