2017 Football
Record: 1-2 Home: 0-1 Away: 1-1 TSC: 0-0
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Point gains yardage on the ground during Saturday's home-opening loss to Campbellsville University, 51-33.
Campbellsville University
Football - Sat, Sep. 2, 2017

VALLEY, Ala. -- Point(1-1) junior quarterback Derek Bellard (Lake Charles, LA) threw a career-high four touchdown passes, but the Skyhawks' offense was overmatched by the visiting Campbellsville University Tigers (2-0) who defeated Point (1-1), 51-33, in Saturday, Sept. 2 Mid-South Conference interdivisional football action at Ram Stadium in Valley, Alabama.


Both teams struggled to move the ball early in the first quarter until Campbellsville took the first lead of the game when quarterback Hunter Brown connected with wide receiver Zerric Willis for a nine-yard touchdown pass with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter, allowing the Tigers to get out to an early 7-0 lead.  Campbellsville found itself in scoring position once again early in the second quarter at the Point one-yard line, but Brown fumbled on an attempted quarterback sneak.  Point linebacker Kadaymen Johnson scooped  up the fumble, but coughed up the ball, and the Tigers regained possession and scored two plays later on the second touchdown pass of the game from Brown to wide receiver Kendon Young, giving Campbellsville a 14-0 lead with 9:10 left in the second quarter.


Point got on the scoreboard on the ensuing kick-off when senior wide receiver Charles Ducksworth (Mt. Olive, MS) caught the ball at the Point 10-yard line and raced 90 yards for the touchdown, dodging and shaking off multiple Tiger defenders on his way to the end zone.  Point missed the extra point attempt and trailed 14-6 with 8:01 left in the first half.


Campbellsville would add to its lead in the second quarter with a field goal with 4:19 to go in the quarter, and the Tigers would go ahead by 17 points on the third passing touchdown of the afternoon for Brown with 2:35 remaining in the second quarter, 23-6.


The Skyhawks would not go quietly in the first half and would move down the field quickly, going 72 yards in eight plays to score their second touchdown of the game, a seven-yard strike to freshman wide out Kaleb Slaughter (Tyrone, GA) with 27 seconds left in the half, cutting into the Tiger's advantage going into halftime, 23-12.


Point received the second-half kickoff and Ducksworth showed off his return prowess once again, this time returning the kick 45 yards to the Campbellsville 49-yard line.  The Skyhawks would capitalize on the good field position, driving the ball 49 yards in eight plays, capped off by the third touchdown pass of the game for Bellard, a nine-yard connection to senior running back La'Darrius Mathis (Riverdale, GA) to put Point within four points of the Tigers with 12:28 left in the third quarter, 23-19.


Campbellsville responded to Point's run, scoring two unanswered touchdowns, the first coming on Brown's fourth passing touchdown of the game with 9:38 left in the third, and the second on a 20-yard run by running back Keanu Young, putting the Tigers ahead, 37-19.


Being down by 18 points, Point refused to go away, scoring another touchdown with 8:02 left in the third, the third passing touchdown for Bellard, hooking up with sophomore receiver Chase Turner (Buford, GA) to narrow the gap, 37-26.


Neither team would score again in the third quarter, but early in in the fourth quarter Brown would again connect with teammate Willis for his fifth passing touchdown of the game with 13:13 left in the quarter, widening the Tiger lead to 18 points again, 44-26.


The Skyhawks would put one more touchdown on the scoreboard on a 27-yard pass from Bellard to Ducksworth with 10:36 remaining.  The Tigers would add one more score of their own with 1:35 remaining in the ball game on a one-year rush by Young, and Campbellsville would go on to defeat the Skyhawks, 51-33.


Bellard completed 19 of his 38 passing attempts for 280 yards and threw four touchdown passes and was intercepted three times. Turner finished the contest with a team-high seven receptions for 118 yards and caught one touchdown, and Ducksworth totaled four receptions with one touchdown catch and compiled 214 all-purpose yards.  Mathis led Point in rushing, carrying the ball 12 times for 52 yards and caught one touchdown pass.


Defensively, freshman linebacker Kameron Weems (Griffin, GA) led Point with nine solo tackles and junior defensive lineman Kreg Jenkins (Lithia Springs, GA) made seven tackles and had one pass breakup.  Freshman defender Emadre Brown (Douglas, GA) finished the contest with four tackles and one sack, and junior linebacker Kadaymen Johnson (Jackson, MS) totaled two tackles and forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.


Point totaled one sack and four other tackles for losses, one fumble recovery and one blocked extra point, while Campbellsville recorded four sacks and eight other tackles for losses, one forced fumble, and three interceptions.


NEXT GAME: Coached by Julius Dixon, the Skyhawks will enjoy a bye week before hitting the road to take on 21st-ranked Georgetown College at Toyota Stadium in Georgetown, Ky., Sept. 16. at 1:30 p.m., eastern time.