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QB Rashad Louie (4) on left; and middle linebacker Craig Armstead (6) in recent action
Benedict College
Football - Sat, Nov. 12, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Point University (5-6) completed its 2016 football season with a 22-7 non-conference victory at Benedict College (5-6), Saturday, Nov. 12, in Charlie W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.  The Skyhawks won their final two games and outscored their opponents, 43-14.


The first drive of the game began ominously for Point when quarterback Rashad Louie (SO/Irondale, AL), the Sun Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage by linebacker Kendrick Frazier, who returned the ball to the Point 15-yard line.  On Benedict's first offensive play of the contest, running back George Myers, Jr. raced 15 yards into the end zone just 25 seconds in to the game, giving the Tigers a very early 7-0 lead.


However, Point scored the next 22 points in the game, including nine points in the first quarter, seven in the second and seven more in the fourth quarter.  Placekicker Wesley Rubiera (SO/Saundersville, GA) drilled a 23-yard field goal at the end of an eight-play, 59-yard drive and cut Benedict's lead to 7-3.  Four minutes later, middle linebacker Craig Armstead (SR/Starksville, MS) intercepted a pass by Benedict quarterback Phillip Brown and returned it 22 yards for a go-ahead touchdown, making the score, 9-7, with 7:12 left in the first quarter.


Point went ahead, 16-7, with 1:53 left in the first half when Louie connected for a 53-yard scoring strike on first down with wide receiver Ricardo Sloan (JR/Albany, GA).  The Skyhawks' defense protected Point's lead when cornerback Kendall Hillman (FR/Jonesboro, GA) intercepted Brown at the goal line as time ran out in the first half.


The teams played scoreless football in the third quarter, with Point losing two fumbles and Benedict losing a fumble, recovered by defensive tackle Kreg Jenkins (SO/Lithia Springs, GA) with 1:39 left in the quarter, and throwing its third interception of the game to strong safety Javon Horton (FR/Duluth, GA) with 14:02 left in the quarter.


Point went ahead, 22-7, with a five-yard touchdown run by running back Isiah Robinson (SO/Lithonia, GA) with 10:18 left in the game.  Point's defense went back to work to preserve the lead, forcing a punt on Benedict's next drive and intercepting passes on the Tigers' last two drive of the contest.


Hillman picked off his second pass of the game at the Point 28-yard line with 3:36 left in the fourth quarter, and Horton also intercepted his second pass of the game, which was thrown by quarterback Mason Duckett at the goal line as time expired in the game.


Point intercepted a season-high five passes in the game and finished the season with 10 interceptions, three by Hillman.  Point took the ball away from Benedict six times and lost the ball three times to the Tigers.  Benedict ends the season with a 5-6 record. The Tigers were aiming for their first winning season since 2009.


Point gained 125 net rushing yards on 37 plays and completed 11-of-21 passes for 166 yards for a total of 291 offensive yards on 58 plays.  Benedict gained 111 rushing yards on 37 rushes and completed 11-of-25 passes for 103 yards for a total of 214 yards on 62 plays.  The Skyhawks controlled the time of possession, holding onto the ball for 31 of the 60 minutes and over 11 minutes in the fourth and final quarter.


Louie, Point's leading rusher this season with 543 yards and leading passer with 714 yards and also the team leader with 1257 yards of total offense, rushed 9 times for 23 net yards, including a 19-yard gain, and also completed 8-of-16 passes for 126 yards, including his 53-yard strike to Sloan.  Reserve quarterback Derek Bellard (SO/Lake Charles, LA) completed all three of his passes for 40 yards, including a 23-yard connection to wide receiver Jarquez Alexander (SO/Valdosta, GA).


Wide receiver Dominique Moore (SR/Fayetteville, GA) caught four passes for 40 yards, including a 22-yard reception and led the team with 19 receptions for 146 yards for the season.  Sloan caught two passes for 57 yards and one touchdown, and Alexander caught two passes for 31 yards, including a 23-yarder, and totaled 17 receptions for a team-high 217 yards this season.


Isiah Robinson led Point in rushing against Benedict, carrying the ball 10 times for 53 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown and wound up with 63 carries for 214 net yards and two touchdowns.


George Myers, Jr. finished with 92 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries.  Myers was named the MVP of the SIAC and finished the season with 1184 rushing yards.  Duckett completed 7-of-13 passes for 71 yards and two interceptions in the second half, and Brown completed just 4-of-12 for 32 yards and was picked off three times in the first half.


Defensively, Minnifield led Point with six solo tackles, one for a loss, and Armstead made four solo tackles and had a "Pick Six" in the first quarter.  Hillman made two tackles and two interceptions.  Free safety Luke Lynch (JR/Pine Mountain, GA) made three solo tackles, two for losses, and linebacker Isaiah Ross (JR/Dallas, GA) also made three solo tackles.  Armstead ranked second on the team this season with 45 total tackles, six behind Horton, the team's tackles leader with 51.  Ross ranked third on the team with 41 tackles.


Point totaled one sack and three other tackles for losses, one fumble recovery and five interceptions, while Benedict recorded one sack and four other tackles for losses, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one interception and four pass-break-ups.