Chowan shocks Virginia State 43-40

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MURFREESBORO, N.C. – Twenty-five seconds was all the Chowan Football team needed to move the ball down the field and find the endzone for the go-ahead score to defeat Virginia State, 43-40, on Homecoming Saturday.


FINAL | Chowan 43, Virginia State 40

RECORDS | Chowan 4-3 (4-1), Virginia State 4-3 (3-2)

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Garrison Stadium)


Chowan defeated Virginia State for the first time in Murfreesboro after going 0-5 since 2010.

Rashad McKee collected 119 yards through the air and 139 yards on the ground for the Hawks.  Jordaan Bailey added 61 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while catching two passes for 49 yards. Nijere Peoples added 60 yards on the ground with two scores.

Chowan rushed for 273 yards and five touchdowns.

Montre Moore continued his climb with 14 tackles to lead the Hawks.  Jamae Blanktallied 3.0 TFLs and a forced fumble.  Nic Wilson forced a fumble allowing Cameron Rampersaud to recover.  Kmare Careycollected his fourth interception of the season.

Jake Ray was 5-5 on PATs, while Patric Talbot posted his longest punt of the season with a 58-yard punt.


First Quarter:

Rashad McKee found Laurence King for a 16-yard strike on third down to keep the chains moving.  McKee would then connect with Mailk Tobias for 23-yards to move into the redzone.  Jordaan Bailey would find space up the middle for the 17-yard touchdown run to put the Hawks up 7-0.

Chowan would force a three-and-out on the first drive by the Trojans.  The short punt gave the Hawks great field position at their own 43.  Rashad McKee would rush for 38 yards before the Hawks turned the ball over on the interception.

The defense would hold strong as Kmare Carey broke up a pass on third down to force another punt. This punt would travel 12 yards as the Hawks took over at the CU39.

The Hawks could not gain a first down as the offense was forced to punt it away.  Raydarius Freeman and Cameron Rampersaud teamed up for a sack on the first play of the drive allowing the defense to force another punt.  Caleb Hester would get his hands on the punt allowing J’Vin Farmer to scoop up the loose ball and take it in for a touchdown from 11 yards out to put the Hawks up 14-0.

Virginia State would start to move the ball on their next drive as the Trojans moved the ball into the redzone before the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter:

The defense tried to keep the Trojans out of the endzone as VSU had the ball at the one-yard line.  Kmare Carey and Montre Mooreearned a tackle for loss before Cameron Berry picked up a sack.  VSU would punch it in on fourth down and miss the extra point to close the gap to 14-6.

Nijere Peoples started the drive off with a first down run followed by a pass from Demetrius Moore to Jordaan Bailey for a long gain.  People picked up 23 more yards on the ground to put the Hawks into the redzone.  Bailey capped off the drive with a seven-yard scamper to put the Hawks up 21-6.

Virginia State used the great return to set up their next drive starting at midfield.  The Trojans used a nine-play drive before punching it into the endzone.  The extra point was blocked by Gabriel Colborn to keep the score at 21-12.

The next drive for the Hawks would move into VSU territory but a pair of 15-yard penalties backed the Hawks up to the original point of the drive.  Patric Talbotflipped the field for the Hawks with a 58-yard punt down to the VSU 5.

Chowan’s defense would not give the Trojans much breathing room as Traveon Mitchell and Gabriel Colborn forced negative yardage plays.  The Hawks would force a punt and take over at the VSU 35.

The Hawks used the short field as Rashad McKee picked up a first down with a short throw to Jake Ray.  McKee would take it himself from nine yards out to put the Hawks up 28-12 at the half.

Third Quarter:

Virginia State would use the ground attack to open the half going five-plays for 60 yards to score a touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-19.  VSU would force a punt by the Hawks and take the ensuing possession 60 yards on 13 plays before Nic Wilson forced a fumble at the Chowan 13 for Cameron Rampersaud to recover.  A botched hand-off would allow the Trojans the ball at the Chowan 5.

The defense stood tall as the Trojans were forced to go for it on fourth down before finding the endzone to trail 28-26.

After another punt by the Hawks, Virginia State started to move the ball as Jamae Blank forced a fumble and came out of the pile with the ball before the officials allowed VSU to maintain possession.  Joel Hicks came on the blitz and picked up a sack before Blank added a tackle for loss to force a punt.

Fourth Quarter:

Rashad McKee found Tyrek McNeil on a 17-yard swing pass before Jordaan Baileycollected 22 yards on three carries to move the ball into the redzone.  Chowan gambled on fourth-and-two from the VSU 13 but was unable to convert.

Virginia State moved the ball out of the shadow of the endzone quickly before a penalty and a pass break-up by Montre Moore ended the drive.  VSU forced a quick three-and-out, but the Trojans allowed the drive to continue as a roughing the punter was called to give the Hawks an automatic first down.  Rashad McKee took the new life and gashed the defense on a 47-yard run.  Nijere Peoples finished off the drive with an 11-yard run for the score to put the Hawks up 35-26.

The Trojans would strike quickly as a slant route near midfield would be taken for a touchdown to close the gap once again, 35-33, with 3:35 remaining.

Virginia State’s defense would intercept a pass near midfield to set up the go-ahead score.  VSU converted on fourth-and-four before having to convert on third down for the touchdown to put the Trojans up 40-35.

With 48 seconds remaining and the ball at the Chowan 42, Rashad McKee would find Demetrius Moore on a wheel route up the left sideline for a 51-yard gain to the VSU 7.  Jordaan Bailey moved the ball to the VSU 1 with a six-yard run before giving way to Nijere Peoples for the one-yard touchdown.  The Hawks pulled of the “Philly” special for the two-point conversion to put the Hawks up 43-40 with 23 seconds left.

Virginia State’s drive would start at their own 37-yardline after a squib kick.  The Trojans would be able to move the ball to midfield on a pass interference call.  After a completion, the Trojans had 2.3 seconds remaining for the final play.  Kmare Careywould end all hopes of the comeback with an interception at the Chowan 5 to seal the victory.


Chowan makes the trip North to Maryland as the Hawks look to keep their division hopes alive against Bowie State on October 22.  Kick-off is slated for 1pm.

Next Game:
at Bowie State
10/22/2022 | 1:00 PM

Team Statistics

Game StatsVSUCU
Total Yards431444
Pass Yards301171
Rushing Yards130273
Penalty Yards5-5110-95
1st Downs2320
3rd Downs5-172-8
4th Downs5-50-1
CU11:01 – CU – Jordaan Bailey 17 yd run (Jake Ray kick), 7 plays, 71 yards, TOP 3:5207
CU02:07 – CU – J’Vin Farmer 11 yd punt return (Jake Ray kick)014
VSU12:57 – VSU – Clarke,Kimo 1 yd run (Ward,Matthew kick failed), 11 plays, 63 yards, TOP 4:04614
CU10:07 – CU – Jordaan Bailey 7 yd run (Jake Ray kick), 5 plays, 85 yards, TOP 2:39621
VSU06:37 – VSU – Bailey,Upton 2 yd run (Ward,Matthew kick blocked), 9 plays, 50 yards, TOP 3:211221
CU00:58 – CU – Rashad McKee 9 yd run (Jake Ray kick), 4 plays, 35 yards, TOP 1:061228
VSU13:23 – VSU – Hagans,Darius 20 yd run (Ward,Matthew kick), 5 plays, 60 yards, TOP 1:371928
VSU05:37 – VSU – Clarke,Kimo 2 yd run (Ward,Matthew kick), 4 plays, 5 yards, TOP 1:392628
CU05:21 – CU – Nijere Peoples 11 yd run (Jake Ray kick), 6 plays, 87 yards, TOP 3:512635
VSU03:36 – VSU – Jackson,III,Roy 47 yd pass from Davis,Jordan (Ward,Matthew kick) 5 plays, 60 yards, TOP 1:383335
VSU00:52 – VSU – Bailey,Upton 25 yd pass from Davis,Jordan (Ward,Matthew kick) 7 plays, 45 yards, TOP 1:504035
CU00:23 – CU – Nijere Peoples 1 yd run (Rashad McKee pass), 4 plays, 58 yards, TOP 0:254043

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