Jelani Scott | Sports Editor
Second-year head coach Connell Maynor, who has helped his team become the #1 offense and #3 defense in the MEAC so far this season, led the Pirates to their first win against rival Howard in four years in a resounding fashion. The Pirates dismantled the Bison at RFK Memorial Stadium, 37-19, and stuffed the stat sheet in the process.
Hampton ran for 181 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 279 yards. Quarterback David Watford ran for two of those touchdowns and accumulated 58 rushing yards. Watford continued to showcase his solid arm strength to the tune of 279 yards and one receiving touchdown to fullback Thomas Allen.
The defense did their part in holding Howard to 165 rushing yards and 68 passing yards. They also forced 3 fumbles, intercepted the ball three times and sacked senior Howard QB Jamie Cunningham once for a loss of 12 yards.
Heading into Friday night’s AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, head coach Connell Maynor spoke like a man focused on changing a culture.
“They’re not going to quit. They play hard. They’ve been overmatched the first two games, but they’ve beat us the last four years, so they have confidence playing against us,” said Maynor on September 17th to the Washington Post. “We expect them to come out hard, ready to play and expecting to win.”
After playing in front of a crowd of 16,342 and a national audience on ESPNU, the Pirates will play in front of a raucous Norfolk crowd in the annual Battle of the Bay against Norfolk State at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
In other news…
–Women’s Soccer played Francis Marion and Presbyterian College in Lexington, Va. The Lady Pirates fought valiantly but lost to Francis Marion, 9-1, and Presbyterian, 10-0. The lone goal was scored by sophomore Latrice Montgomery in the 72nd minute.
–Women’s Volleyball played Tennessee, North Carolina State and Campbell University at the N.C. State Tournament in Raleigh, N.C. Hampton came up short in each match by a score of 0-3.
–Women’s Cross Country participated at the William & Mary Invitational and finished in 4th place.