Ken­ne­saw State out­lasts Wof­ford, moves on to FCS quar­ter­fi­nals

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Abby Stolz Ma­ri­etta Daily Journal

KEN­NE­SAW – Wof­ford coach Josh Con­klin said Ken­ne­saw State made one more play than the Ter­ri­ers did Satur­day.

Ken­ne­saw State line­backer Anthony Gore Jr. sacked Wof­ford quar­ter­back Joe Newman, re­sult­ing in a fum­ble re­cov­ered by An­drew Butcher on the Ter­ri­ers’ 21-yard line.

Though the Owls were un­able to gain the first down, a 30-yard field goal by Justin Thomp­son was good enough for the only points scored in the sec­ond half, and a 13-10 win in the sec­ond round of the Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion play­offs.

Match­ing its play­off run of last year, Ken­ne­saw State (11-1) will host South Dakota State in the quar­ter­fi­nals on ei­ther Fri­day or Satur­day.

“We made a play or two at the end when we had to get a turnover, get in po­si­tion to where we could at least try and kick a field goal,” Ken­ne­saw State coach Brian Bo­han­non said.

Both de­fenses were in for a chal­lenge, with Ken­ne­saw State en­ter­ing the game as the No. 2-ranked rush­ing of­fense in FCS, av­er­ag­ing 373.9 yards per game, and Wof­ford (9-4) the fourth-ranked at 331.5.

Ken­ne­saw State ul­ti­mately won the bat­tle of rush de­fenses, hold­ing Wof­ford to just 74 yards on the ground among 236 yards of to­tal of­fense.

The Ter­ri­ers al­lowed the Owls to run for a sea­son-low 163 yards and they held the No. 1-ranked scor­ing of­fense in FCS, at 48.6 points per game, to just one touch­down.

That came when Dar­nell Hol­land tip­toed down the side­line for 53 yards on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter for a 7-0 lead. Hol­land led Ken­ne­saw State with 74 rush­ing yards.

Just as Wof­ford al­lowed one big play on de­fense, so did Ken­ne­saw State just a few plays af­ter Hol­land’s touch­down.

Quar­ter­back Joe Newman con­nected with D’mau­riae Van­cleave for a 57-yard touch­down re­cep­tion to tie the game at 7-all.

With 2:24 left in the half, and trail­ing 10-7, Ken­ne­saw State took over on its own 20.

Chan­dler Burks, who did not have a rush­ing touch­down for the first time since the sea­son opener against Ge­or­gia State, led the Owls down the field, con­nect­ing with Hol­land with an 18-yard com­ple­tion on fourth down. That brought Ken­ne­saw State to the Wof­ford 26 with just over a minute left in the quar­ter, which set up Thomp­son’s ty­ing 40- yard field goal as time ex­pired in the half.

The de­fen­sive strug­gle con­tin­ued for both teams in the sec­ond half.

Wof­ford had a chance to take the lead early in the fourth quar­ter, but Newman went for the end zone on third-and-18 and the ball was in­ter­cepted by Cin­cere Ma­son, re­sult­ing in a touch­back.

Over­all, Ken­ne­saw State had 13 tack­les for loss. Gore led the Owls’ de­fense with 12 tack­les, in­clud­ing six for loss and the sack that ul­ti­mately de­cided the game.

Bryson Arm­strong had eight tack­les, with two for loss, while Des­mond Johnson Jr. had six tack­les and Travis Bell added five.

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