Averett Football stumbles against Huntingdon, 27-7
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSET/Averett Cougars) — Averett University football couldn't overcome a first-half deficit in a 27-7 loss to Huntingdon College on Saturday afternoon in a battle of the USA South Conference's only unbeaten teams in the league play.
Huntingdon (5-1, 3-0 USA South) used several big scoring plays in the first half to take a 17-0 lead into halftime. After going ahead 3-0 on a 24-yard field goal midway through the first quarter, quarterback Chip Long found Quen Whitlow for a 91-yard touchdown pass on the Hawks next drive to extend their lead to 10-0. That Hawks struck again for a 74-yard touchdown when Taylor found Otis Porter early in the second quarter.
Down 20-0 in the fourth quarter, Averett (3-3, 3-1 USA South) broke through for its first score of the game with its own big play. Junior running back Sean Bowman found a hole and raced for a 79-yard touchdown — the longest play from scrimmage this season by the Cougars — to trim Huntingdon's lead to 20-7.
However, Huntingdon answered right back with yet another long play. On its second play from scrimmage on its ensuing possession, Taylor rushed 69 yards for a touchdown to push the Hawks lead to 27-7.
Turnovers hurt Averett's opportunities and aided Huntingdon. The Hawks' field goal to take a 3-0 lead was the result of the Cougars' fumble on the punt return after the Averett defense halted Huntingdon's first drive. An Averett interception late in the third quarter also led to a 40-yard Huntingdon field goal early in the fourth quarter to give the Hawks a 20-0 advantage. In total, Averett lost three fumbles and threw one interception to limit its offensive opportunities.
Senior defensive end Victor Miller accounted for Averett's lone takeaway — a 30-yard interception return in the third quarter. Junior linebacker Deion Brooks paced the Cougars with a team-high 13 tackles, while senior linebacker Nathaniel Lake had nine tackles.
Bowman surpassed 100 yards for the third consecutive game and fifth time in six games this season. He totaled 172 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown.
Averett enters its bye week before hosting N.C. Wesleyan College during Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. on Daly Field at Frank R. Campbell Stadium.