HAMPTON, Va. – Soon the Presbyterian College football program will play more teams as scholarship-depleted as it is, but any benefits from playing in the Pioneer Football League are two years away, and to make a long story short, the Blue Hose’ 40-17 loss at Hampton on Saturday was their 16th in a row.
Keith Pearsonled the offense with eight catches for a career-high 116 yards. Colby Campbellled the defense with his seventh 10-plus tackle performance of the season. Two third-quarter scores briefly brought Presbyterian (0-9, 0-4 Big South)within three points, but the Pirates overwhelmed and outlasted the Blue Hose from there.
What broke the Blue Hose backs was a 51-yard touchdown pass from Hampton’s Austin Bradley to Jadakis Bonds that, coupled with Evan Lomax’s kick, hiked the Pirates’ edge to 27-17 with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Hampton (5-4, 1-2) added fourth-quarter touchdowns on Bradley’s 17-yard run and a return of a blocked punt by the Pirates’ Omante Jenkins.
Presbyterian opens a three-game home stand next weekend when Gardner-Webb visits Bailey Memorial Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Hampton led 20-3 at halftime. Shai McKenzie got the scoring started with an 11-yard run in the first quarter, and quarterback Deondre Francois added a pair of second-quarter scoring passes of 10 yards to KeyRon Catlett and nine to Aedon Johnson.
Presbyterian got a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter. Quarterback Brandon Thompson found Dohnte Meyers with a 42-yard scoring toss, and Thompson ran it in himself from a yard out with 6:32 remaining in the period.
Hampton piled up 481 yards of offense to PC’s 287. It could have been worse. Three times the Blue Hose stopped the Pirates on fourth down.