Tigers Down Seawolves, Sets Up Senior Day Bout with Hampton

The Towson Tigers held on to beat the Stony Brook Seawolves this past weekend winning 21-17. The Tigers have now won 3 straight games and are 5-5 on the year with a 3-4 record in conference play. The Tigers scored a late touchdown and held off a final drive to extend their winning streak. Towson’s offense had 377 yards of total offense and although it might not seem like a lot, it was enough for them to win the game. 

Tyrell Pigrome had a solid day as he completed 22 passes for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns and no INT’s. He also had 54 yards on the ground on 7 carries. Backup QB Nathan Kent came into the game but was only in for what seemed like one play and got sacked. D’Ago Hunter led the team in rushing yards and Devin Mathews punched in a touchdown late to be the game winner. The ground game did not gain much, but the rushing touchdown proved to be the difference.

Pigrome threw his touchdowns to Darian Street and Isaiah Perkins respectively. Da’Kendall James led the team in receiving yards with 87 yards. Pigrome completed passes to 7 different Tiger receivers during the game. Both Towson and Stony Brook were a combined 7-28 on 3rd down, but Towson went 2-3 on 4th down to extend drives and keep Stony Brook off the field.   

Defensively for the Tigers: Ubayd Steed led the team in total tackles with 9. Got 3 sacks from Jesus Gibbs, Oly Okombi, and Bryce Lauer. They also got an INT from Xavier Terry in the second quarter deep in Towson territory. The defense did just enough to give the offense a chance to make plays and win the game.

For the Seawolves, Daron Bryden completed 18 passes for 273 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, he threw an INT deep in Towson territory which would have changed the outcome of the game. The Seawolves ran for only 100 yards and did not score on the ground. Shawn Harris Jr had a huge day for Stony Brook as he reeled in 6 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. The other receiving touchdown went to Khalil Newton. On the defensive side of the ball, the Seawolves got 2 sacks from Adrian Kaler (who also led all defenders in tackles) and Eric Black. Stony Brook did not force any turnovers and really made a difference at the end of the day.

The Tigers close out their season this Saturday at Unitas Stadium. Senior day is on the agenda, and it’s time to send the Seniors off with a win. The Hampton Pirates are the only thing standing in the way of the Tigers having a winning season. Hampton’s football season can be compared to that of Towson’s. Strong starts, but then inconsistent play and a few game skids.

The Pirates are coming off 4 straight losses and will look to grab one last win before the end of the season. Malcolm Mays has started most of the games this year and has 14 touchdowns on 1,455 yards passing. He has struggled with turning the ball over, as he has 12 INT’s. Christopher Zellous got the bulk of the work for their most recent game against Elon. It’s unclear who we’ll see under center for Hampton this Saturday. Their ground game has struggled to produce yards, but Darran Butts leads the team in yards and touchdowns (486 yards and 3 touchdowns). Jadakis Bonds leads the team in receiving yards and touchdowns (787 yards and 9 touchdowns).

Defensively, Qwashin Townsel leads the team in total tackles with 93, but the guy to watch is KeShaun Moore. He has 10 TFL this year and has 4.5 sacks on the year as well as a fumble recovery. The Pirates have 10 INT’s on the year from 10 different players, which shows that they have some depth in that defensive secondary. The Pirates have also forced 6 fumbles and recovered 5 of them, an excellent recovery percentage. 

The Tigers will need one more game of mistake free football to finish the season out on a high note. It has been encouraging to see this team pick themselves up after a tough stretch. They’ve responded well and have come a long way since they got beat down in Morgantown. Rob Ambrose has really done a great job of getting Towson back on track. 

Next week will be the season recap. GO TIGERS!!

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