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Football - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016

AVE MARIA, Fla. – Point University improved its season records to 4-6 overall and 2-3 in Sun Conference games with a 21-7 victory over Ave Maria University (0-9; 0-5 Sun Conference) in Saturday, Nov. 5 action on Gyrenes Field in Ave Maria, Florida.  The Skyhawks scored touchdowns in the first and second quarters and led 14-0 at halftime, and after a scoreless third quarter for both teams, Ave Maria cut the lead to 14-7, but on its next drive, Point tallied another touchdown for a 21-7 lead with 5:22 left in the game.


Point totaled 431 offensive yards, including 213 net rushing yards and 218 passing yards on 56 plays and averaged 7.7 yards per play.  The Skyhawks' defense allowed 94 rushing yards and 98 passing yards to Ave Maria for a total of 192 offensive yards on 64 plays.  The Skyhawks also sacked Ave Maria's quarterbacks, Bob Orban and Matt Kreichman, a season-high nine times for 35 yards in losses and recorded three other tackles for losses.


Point committed no turnovers and took the ball away from the Gyrenes twice, once on a fumble recovery by defensive tackle Marquette Hunt (SR/Macon, GA) that directly led to its second-quarter touchdown and once on an interception by free safety Luke Lynch (JR/Pine Mountain, GA) in the third quarter.


Quarterback Rashad Louie (SO/Irondale, AL) rushed 19 times for 112 net yards, including a 69-yard gain in the second quarter that moved the ball to the Ave Maria 16-yard line, but the drive stalled and ended with a missed 34-yard field goal.


Louie also completed 8-of-14 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.  He connected on a 14-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Dominique Moore (SR/Fayetteville, GA) in with 3:15 left in the first quarter, and after Hunt's fumble recovery, Louie hit wide receiver Jarquez Alexander (SO/Valdosta, GA) with a 7-yard touchdown pass with 3;22 left in the second quarter.  Moore caught three passes for 23 yards, and Alexander caught two passes for 29 yards and also returned two punts for 22 yards.


Reserve quarterback Derek Bellard (SO/Lake Charles, LA) completed 3-of-4 passes for 54 yards during the first series of the game, including 37 yards to Louie and 18 yards to receiver Tyrell Warren (FR/Pleasant Grove, AL).  Point moved the ball to the one-yard line on the drive but was stopped twice for no gain and turned the ball over on downs.


Running back Marquez Jackson (FR/Lawrenceville, GA) scored Point's final touchdown of the game from five yards out and totaled 35 yards on three carries in the game, including a 29-yard gain during Point's fourth-quarter touchdown drive that took the ball down to the Ave Maria five-yard line.


Freshman Richardson Charles led Ave Maria in rushing with nine carries for 46 yards, and freshman Nelson Stone gained 35 yards on 14 carries.  Orban completed 7-of-15 passes for 80 yards, including a 27-yarder to Xavier Roberts, and also scored AMU's only touchdown from one-yard out with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter.


Defensively, strong safety Javon Horton (FR/Duluth, GA) led Point with nine tackles, including one for a three-yard loss, and linebacker Craig Armstead (SR/Starkville, MS) made six tackles and broke up a pass.  Nose guard Khalil Strong (FR/College Park, GA) sacked the quarterback three times and made five tackles, and defensive end Bradley Bonner (JR/Loganville, GA) sacked the quarterbacks twice.  Defensive tackle Kreg Jenkins (SO/Lithia Springs, GA) and linebacker Isaiah Ross (JR/Dallas, GA) each made three tackles, including one sack each.  Lynch was credited with four tackles, one for a four-yard loss, and an interception.


Ave Maria sacked Point's quarterbacks twice and made six other tackles for losses totaling 13 yards and broke up three passes.


NEXT OPPONENT: First-year head coach Julius Dixon leads Point University into its last regular-season game of the season, Saturday, Nov. 12, against Benedict College in Charlie Johnson Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, at 2 p.m.  An NCAA Division II program, the Tigers are coached by Mike White, who is completing his second season as Benedict's head coach after serving for 15 years at Albany State University (Ga.), where his record was 112-51 (.687) with seven NCAA Division II playoff appearances.


Benedict is 5-5 overall and 4-3 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) games this season.  The Tigers edged Morehouse College, 13-10, Oct. 22, and then lost 34-7 to Albany State University, Oct. 29, in an SIAC Eastern Division game that could have sent Benedict to the SIAC championship game, Nov. 12, in Montgomery, Ala.  The Tigers defeated Kentucky State University, 39-35, in its most recent conference game, Nov. 5.


Benedict averages 17.9 points and 242.3 offensive yards per game (162.9 rushing and 79.4 passing) per game while allowing 21.2 points and 318.2 offensive yards (125.0 rushing and 193.2 passing) to its opponents.  Benedict rushed for 290 yards and completed 10-of-19 passes for 109 yards for a total of 399 offensive yards on 69 plays in its win over Kentucky State, and allowed 316 rushing yards and 140 passing yards for a total of 456 yards to the Thorobreds.