Daily Press (Sunday)

Hawks run for record 7 TDs, coast past Pirates

- Staff, wire reports

For most of their 1 years in a new conference, Hampton University’s Pirates have been competitiv­e in football. But Saturday, they literally got run over.

Jaden Shirden rushed for 276 yards and four touchdowns to help Monmouth run away from HU in a 61-10 win in West Long Branch, New Jersey. The Hawks (3-3, 2-1 Coastal Athletic Associatio­n) scored a program-record seven rushing touchdowns, with Sone Ntoh reaching the end zone twice and Frankie Savino adding one.

Hampton (3-3, 1-2) took the opening kickoff and posted its only lead after a 17-play drive produced a 28-yard field goal by Brian Csehoski.

From there, Monmouth scored touchdowns on its first four possession­s. Ntoh ran in from the 4- and 5-yard lines. Shirden then scored from the 9 and made a 63-yard, one-play scoring dash. Marquez McCray threw a 31-yard score to Ashanti Caviness Jr. with nine seconds before halftime for a 35-3 lead.

Quarterbac­k Chris Zellous’ 2-yard scoring run reduced Hampton’s deficit to 41-10 early in the third quarter. Darran Butts ran for 85 yards on 18 carries for the Pirates, but lost a fumble.

Zellous ran for 40 yards on 13 carries. He completed 7 for 18 for 45 yards, including three passes to Evan King for 18 yards, despite an intercepti­on.

Shirden has run for more than 200 yards five times, including a program-record 299-yard, 12-carry performanc­e against Fordham last year. He tied Pete Guerriero (2017-19) for Monmouth’s record in career 200-yard rushing games.

The Pirates will have another huge challenge at 2 p.m. Saturday at Armstrong Stadium against Delaware, the eighth-ranked team in the Stats Perform FCS Top 25.

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