Rashaad Slowley had 202 yards in the win over Assumption on Friday.
Owls Remain Atop Northeast-10 Conference Standings With 23-17 Win Over Assumption
10/1/2010 10:54:39 PM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior running back Rashaad Slowley (New Rochelle, N.Y.) finished with 202 yards on 16 carries to pace the offense, while the Owls’ defense assembled a stout team effort in a 23-17 win for the Southern Connecticut State University football team over Assumption on Friday evening at Jess Dow Field. The Owls maintained their hold on first place in the Northeast-10 Conference and also handed the Greyhounds their first loss of the year in the process.
SCSU is now 3-2, 3-0 in NE-10 action. Assumption is 4-1, 1-1.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Owls needed only 44 seconds in the second frame to strike first. Slowley broke through the right side and outraced the pack for a 75-yard touchdown run. Christopher Hazelton (Bristol, Conn.) added the PAT for a 7-0 advantage.
The Owls extended their lead to two scores later in the quarter. After a 44-yard completion from quarterback Kevin Lynch (Medfield, Mass.) to wide receiver Willie Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) gave the hosts the ball at the Assumption 6, the Owls were able to punch in another score two plays later. Slowley lost the ball while trying to jump over the pile, but offensive lineman William Chaffin (Amston, Conn.) picked up the fumble in the end zone to make it 13-0.
Assumption’s Brian Nowak hit a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to close the gap to 13-3 at the break.
The Owls extended their lead to 20-3 early in the third quarter when Lynch hit Epps on a 58-yard touchdown pass. Hazelton added the PAT for a 17-point cushion.
Assumption trimmed the Owls’ lead to 20-10 with a touchdown on its next drive. However, Hazelton added a 25-yard field goal in the waning moments of the third quarter to push the lead to 23-10.
The Greyhounds added a score with just four seconds left to make it a 23-17 final.
Michael Escobar (Danbury, Conn.) had 11 tackles to lead the defense in that department. Sam-uel Johnson (Newark, N.J.) added eight stops and a sack.
The Owls are back in action on Saturday, October 9 when they travel to New Haven in a 1 p.m. start.