Daily Press (Sunday)

Salem High alum sparks unbeaten JMU’s rout

Black scores three TDs as Dukes gain revenge vs,. Georgia Southern

- Staff, wire reports

Jordan McCloud threw three touchdown passes, Salem High graduate Kaelon Black scored three times and unbeaten James Madison avenged a tough loss from last season with a 41-13 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday in Harrisonbu­rg.

The Dukes (6-0, 3-0 Sun Belt) were unbeaten and ranked No. 25 by the Associated Press last year before they lost to the Eagles 45-38 on a late touchdown. JMU’s four wins against fellow FBS teams this season —Virginia, Troy, Utah State and South Alabama — had required a late stop by the defense, but the Dukes played their most complete game of the year to avoid similar drama.

McCloud threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Sarratt and a 10-yarder to Black in the first quarter, and Camden Wise added a pair of field goals for a 20-6 halftime lead. In a 21-point third quarter, McCloud threw a second TD pass to Black, who added a 20-yard rushing score.

GSU’s Davis Brin, the quarterbac­k who led Tulsa over Old Dominion in the 2021 Myrtle Beach Bowl, was 31-of-52 passing for 271 yards but threw two of the Dukes’ three intercepti­ons.

Christophe­r Newport 21, Rowan 18:

Trey Hayes returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, sending CNU (4-2, 2-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference) on its way past the Profs (2-4, 1-1) in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Gunner White, a sophomore from Tallwood High, raced 49 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the first quarter to put CNU ahead 14-3.

Captains linebacker Andrew Worsham wrested the ball from Rowan quarterbac­k Nate Maiers and returned it 36 yards to the Profs’ 9. CNU QB Matt Dzierski, playing close to a full game for the first time since an early-season injury, took advantage with a 1-yard sneak on fourth-and-goal for a 21-3 edge with 9:53 to go in the second quarter.

As the rain got heavier, the Captains played more conservati­vely on offense. With about four minutes to go in the game, down 21-10, Rowan took three timeouts after CNU running plays. After a CNU punt, the Profs’ Kevin Degnan took a short Maiers pass and broke loose for a 95-yard touchdown, and Rowan made a two-point conversion to pull to 21-18 with 2:07 to go.

But without timeouts, Rowan needed to try an onside kick. CNU recovered it and kneeled out the clock. White had 95 yards on 23 rushes.

Thaddeus Stevens 24, Apprentice 21:

Five turnovers, including four fumbles, proved costly to the Builders (2-4) as they lost to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (3-2) despite two Mason Tatum rushing touchdowns in Lancaster, Pennsylvan­ia. The Bulldogs, who avenged last year’s loss to Apprentice, had no giveaways.

Touchdown runs of 7 yards by Kamron Jackson and 6 yards by Tatum put Apprentice ahead 14-6. Jackson had 114 yards on 20 rushes.

Alexander Zavala kicked four field goals for the Bulldogs, who went ahead to stay with 6:04 left in the third quarter, 15-14, on Rhyel Miles-Eubanks’ 3-yard run.

Nick DeGennaro had a career-high 132 yards and two TDs on six catches for UR (4-3, 3-1 CAA) against the host Rams (4-3, 1-2).

Richmond 24, Rhode Island 17:

Hunter Rice ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns, and his 19-yarder with 4:42 left was the eventual winning score for the Keydets (3-3, 2-1 Southern Conference) in the annual “Military Classic of the South” against the Bulldogs (0-7, 0-4) in Charleston, South Carolina,

VMI 17, The Citadel 13:

Navy 14, Charlotte 0: Eli Heidenreic­h and Alex Tecza scored from 69 and 62 yards, respective­ly, in the second half as the visiting Midshipmen (3-3) beat Charlotte (1-5), extending the 49ers’ losing streak to five.

Taylor Renfroe kicked four field goals and Kimani Vidal ran for 116 yards on 23 carries as the Sun Belt’s Trojans (5-2) beat the Black Knights (2-4) in West Point, New York. Army’s Kanye Udoh had 124 yards on 18 rushes, but the hosts fumbled five times, losing three.

Troy 19, Army 0:

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