Football survives scare at Campbellsville, 24-14

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Hawks improve to 4-1 on the season

Hawks improve to 4-1 on the season

Oct. 4, 2008

Campbellsville, Ky. - The Shorter College Hawks football kept their four-game win streak going on Saturday afternoon, surviving a scare from the Campbellsville Tigers, 24-14. The win improves the Hawks to 4-1 on the season following the non-divisional conference game.

The Hawks (4-1, 1-0) had 370 yards rushing on the day, with A.J. Cooley running for 219 yards in the win, beating the same record he broke last weekend for most rushing yards in a game. Quarterback Ben Williams had two completions in the game, with one going 53 yards to receiver Chris Hight.

Logan Lollis and A.J. Baker led the team in tackles with 10 apiece, followed by Budd Keith and Garrett Hochstetler with eight. Shorter had four sacks on the day, coming from Curtis John, Matt Yarbrough, Andrew Schrampfer and Joshua Pidgeon.

In the first quarter, Campbellsville (1-4, 1-0) got on the board first on a one-yard touchdown carry by the Tigers' Greg Fountain to go up 7-0. That was the only lead Campbellsville saw all afternoon.

Less than three minutes later, Williams made a 12-yard carry into the endzone, and followed by a Lukas Gonzalez kick, tied the game at 7-7.

With 4:44 left in the first, Cooley made his first of two touchdown runs, going one yard to give the Hawks a seven-point advantage. The only other score of the half was made with 48 seconds left in the second quarter, as Gonzalez' 21-yard field goal gave Shorter the lead, 17-7.

The play of the day for Shorter came with just under four minutes on the clock in the third quarter. Following being backed into the endzone, Cooley took a handoff and ran 98 yards down the field to give Shorter enough of a lead to carry this one home. A Campbellsville touchdown carry two-and-a-half minutes later with put the Tigers within 10, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Hawks won 24-14.

Gonzalez was 3-for-3 on point-afters (staying at 100% on the season) and averaged 40.7 yards on six punts, with a longest of 52, one inside the 20, and two touchbacks.

The Hawks will face one of their toughest conference matches of the season next weekend, as Shorter returns to Barron Stadium against Lambuth University (3-2, 0-0). Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Rome, Ga.


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