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Sunday, September 23, 2012
MARIETTA, Ohio -- Alderson-Broaddus football defeated Marietta College’s junior varsity team 57-6 Sunday at Don Drumm Stadium. With the win, A-B notched its fifth consecutive victory of the season and kept its unbeaten record since 1930 intact.
A-B took an early lead as quarterback Matt Hommell tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jamaine Sherman three minutes into the contest.
Hommell navigated A-B’s quick-strike offense 62 yards on two plays with the Battlers leading 7-0. He connected with Jacob Miller on a 62-yard scoring toss and full back Caelen Ecos scored on a two-point conversion attempt to give the blue and gold a 15-0 advantage.
Kicker Philip Warner tacked on three more points on a 46-yard field goal attempt with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
The Battlers swapped quarterbacks to end the first quarter and Wilson Vaughn duplicated Hommell’s success under center. Vaughn threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Silafau to extend A-B’s lead to 25 nine seconds into the second quarter.
Following an interception by defensive back Mike Offutt, Vaughn added another six points to the board as he dialed up Andre Garcia for a 15-yard touchdown score. Ecos got the call again during the extra point attempt and ran for his second two-point conversion of the afternoon.
With 6:10 left in the half, Jordan Butler knocked a 23-yarder through the uprights to cap an eight-play, 37-yard drive that gave A-B a 36-0 lead.
Damiyan Caldwell snatched an errant Pioneer pass for the Battler defense’s second takeaway of the afternoon 3:33 left in the half. Caldwell’s interception led to a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Adam Wattenbarger to Sherman.
Defensive lineman Zach Barnes recovered the Pioneers’ third turnover to kick start the Battlers in the third quarter. The Washington, Pa., native scooped up a fumble and raced it 68 yards to the end zone for the Battlers’ sixth touchdown.
Leading 50-0, the Battlers capped their scoring effort with a 77-yard touchdown dash from Hommell, who returned to the contest midway through the third quarter.
Hommell finished the contest going 7-for-10 from the pocket with 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Suffolk, Va., native collected 77 rushing yards on two carries with a touchdown carry. Vaughn matched Hommell’s passing touchdown total, completing 7-of-11 attempts for 83 yards.
Sherman had four receptions for 40 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Battler receivers. Tyrone Temoney caught three passes for a team-high 71 yards and Miller held the distinction of collecting the game’s longest pass, a 62-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter.
Pioneer quarterback Johnathon Chandler did something no other offensive player had accomplished against the Battler defense in seven quarters. Chandler broke the A-B defense’s scoreless streak by rushing 19 yards for a touchdown to end the game.
The Battler defense yielded just 150 yards and forced four turnovers in the contest. Offut, Caldwell and defensive back Daenerius Wilson intercepted Pioneer passes and end Tyler Hargrove recorded a sack.
A-B returns to action next Sunday against Bluefield College at 3 p.m. ET.