Chowan Football Has Big Night Against Lincoln (Pa.)
LINCOLN, Pa.- The Chowan Football team dominated Lincoln (Pa.) in the final game of the 2017 season with a 73-30 victory on the road in CIAA play on Saturday evening.
FINAL | Chowan 73, Lincoln (Pa.) 30
RECORDS | Chowan 4-6 (4-3), Lincoln 0-10, (0-7)
LOCATION | Lincoln, Pa. (LU Football Stadium)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Tyrell Freeman posted a school record 308 yards rushing on 22 carries to lift the Hawks to victory. Freeman recorded three rushing touchdowns in the win.
The Hawks rushed for 351 yards notching the second most rushing yards in program history in a single game.
Bryce Witt had an easy night behind center tossing the ball around only 16 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns on 11 completions. Witt also tallied a rushing touchdown.
Herman Dupas Jr., Drew Buck, and Brandon Whitehead hauled in touchdown passes from Bryce Witt. Buck also had a rushing touchdown.
Dakota Baer led the Hawks defensively with 10 tackles. Ahmond Gomez picked off the Lions' quarterback twice for 84 yards.
Marquise Baldwin had a defensive touchdown, while Bryan Bryant recorded his second punt return for a touchdown in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Chowan won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. The Lions received the opening kickoff as the Hawks' special teams pinned the Lions inside the five with a tackle by Ely Kreutz at the three yard-line.
After a short rush, the Lions completed a pass to the far side as George Parker stripped the ball from the receiver. Marquise Baldwin picked up the fumble and took it for a 12-yd scoop and score just 57 seconds into the contest.
The following Lions' possession ended on fourth down after Dakota Baer stopped the attempt short of the line to gain midfield.
The Hawks' offensive first drive of the game ended in points for Chowan as Bryce Witt found Torry Baker for an 11-yd gain. The big play came from Drew Buck on the receiving end of a 35-yd completion down to the LU 4. Witt would find a wide open Brandon Whitehead for the score to extend the lead to 14-0 with 9:50 remaining in the quarter.
The Chowan defense stepped up once again as Bruce Boone recovered a fumble near midfield. Tyrell Freemanhad a punishing run on the drive breaking tackles to put the Hawks inside the redzone. Drew Buck finished off the drive with a 1-yd dive for the 21-0 lead.
Tyler Bembry and Randy Allen Jr. teamed up for a sack on the ensuing drive to push the Lions deep into their own territory. Cornell Duncan blocked the punt and scooped up by Bryan Bryant scoring from 12-yds out.
Lincoln would get on the board in the quarter to cut the deficit to 28-7.
On the opening drive of the quarter for the Hawks, Tyrell Freeman produced another punishing run for 55-yds to give the Hawks a redzone chance. Bryce Witt capped off the drive with a QB keeper from 9-yds out.
After a sack on fourth down by Marquise Baldwin, the Hawks had to settle for a 23-yd field goal by Connor Killeen. The Hawks would lead 38-7 with 3:17 remaining in the half.
Lincoln found some momentum off the kickoff as the Lions' return game brought the kick to midfield. Lincoln would score five plays later. The Lions would force a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and set up shop at the CU 34.
The Lions cut into the deficit 38-22 with seven seconds remaining in the half. Lincoln caught the Hawks off guard after the drive and recovered an on-side kick. The Lions would be intercepted by Ahmond Gomez to end the half on the Hail Mary attempt.
A personal foul call gave the Hawks the ball at their own 40-yd line to start the half. With fresh legs, Tyrell Freeman took the first play 60-yds for the score to give the Hawks a 45-22 lead.
As the Lions were marching down the field, Ahmond Gomez forced a fumble and recovered by Randy Allen Jr. to give the offense the ball back near midfield after an 18-yd return by Allen Jr.
Tyrell Freeman carried the ball three times on the drive for 26-yds before finishing the drive with a 1-yd touchdown run.
The woes continued for the Lions in the second half as Ahmond Gomez picked off his second pass of the evening before getting stopped short of the goal-line. Bryce Witt found Drew Buck in the back of the endzone for the short score to push the lead to 59-22.
The final drive of the quarter for the Lions went in the wrong direction as a loss of 11-yds and a personal foul had Lincoln facing a fourth and 33.
Tyrell Freeman broke off his fourth run of 50+ yards to open the quarter. The next play, Bryce Witt found Herman Dupas Jr. for a 6-yd touchdown connection.
Once again the Lions' offense went in the wrong direction as the drive ended in a punt.
The Hawks offense slowed the pace and ran off some clock as the drive went 13 plays for 76 yards and a score that took seven minutes. Tyrell Freeman found the endzone on a 2-yd run for his third score of the game.
Lincoln would tack on a score on their final drive of the game and convert the two-point conversion to cut their deficit to 73-30.
Chowan finishes the season with a 4-6 overall record and 4-3 in CIAA play.