Tigers Race Past Wildcats, Pick up Win Number 4
The Tigers dominated the Villanova Wildcats over this past weekend 27-3 and picked up their 4th win on the year, and their second in a row. The Tigers moved to 4-5 on the year after their best defensive output so far. Towson was solid in all 3 phases of the game and despite falling behind 3-0 early, they came back to dominate. The Wildcats now fall to 5-4 on the year and will look to recover after a tough outing.
The offense looked solid all day and put enough points on the board to get the job done. The Tigers put up 392 yards of offense and did it on the ground and through the air. Tyrell Pigrome continues to look better and better after a tough stretch in September/October. Pigrome only threw for 125 yards but he put up 2 touchdowns in the process. Pigrome did throw an interception, but it did not seem to have much of an impact. Through the air: Isaiah Perkins was the recipient of both of Pirgome’s touchdowns and finished the day with 4 catches for 60 yards.
The Tigers used a balanced rushing attack to give them a huge advantage. Though Towson did not have any rushing touchdowns, they did find success. The bulk of the work was handled by Joachim Bangda, who rushed for 107 yards on 17 attempts. Tyrell Pigrome was also a factor in the run game and had 73 yards on 14 carries. The Tigers got a punt return touchdown from D’Ago Hunter, who continues to be an excellent return man for the Tigers.
Defensively, the Tigers shutdown the Wildcats offense. They only allowed 153 yards of total offense: (68 through the air and 85 yards on the ground). The Tigers had 3 sacks as well as an INT, and really dominated all game long. The sacks were courtesy of Jesus Gibbs, Oly Okombi, and Ernie Smith, and the INT came from Robert Topps III. Makey Smith and Mason Woods tied for the team lead in total tackles. An outstanding effort all around for the defense and by far their best performance of the year.
The Wildcats could not get anything going all day. Conor Watkins had a pretty forgettable day as he struggled to get anything going in the passing game. He finished the day 7-21 for 68 yards and an INT. Matt O’Connor came in to replace him but went 0-4 passing. The rushing attack could not get anything going either and finished the day with a measly 85 yards rushing. TD Ayo-Durojaiye did a bulk of the work, but managed only 49 yards on 17 carries. Rayjuon Pringle led all Villanova receivers with 45 yards receiving on 4 catches.
Defensively, Brendan Bell led the charge with 10 tackles and a TFL. The defense did get a sack from Antonio Montero, a FF by Ethan Potter and an INT by Kshawn Schulters. Their defense struggled to get the ball back to their offense, and when they did they did not make the most of it. Towson’s offense did just what they needed to do to get the win.
The Tigers hit the road this week for a matchup against the Stoney Brook Seawolves. The Seawolves have had a tough year and come into the matchup at 2-7. They got off to a very slow start on the year with 6 straight losses, before getting their first win of the season against Maine. Their offense has seen both Charlie McKee and Daron Bryden under center. They have 6 and 4 touchdowns respectively, but they also have 7 and 6 INT’s. The inconsistency at QB has really hurt the Seawolves all year. The rushing attack has only found the end zone 5 times this year. It’ll either be Ross Tallarico or Jayden Cook to do the heavy lifting. The passing game has been a struggle with only 2 players with 3 or more touchdowns and no one over 300 yards receiving. With that being said, Khalil Newton and Tyler Devera are 2 guys to watch out for.
Defensively, the Seawolves have 19 sacks, 64 tackles for loss, and 5 fumble recoveries and seem to be a stout unit. Reidgee Dimanche leads the team in tackles with 64, while Erick Black and Dakar Edwards lead the team with 3 sacks a piece. The Seawolves will need their guys to step up if they want to keep up with Towson. GO TIGERS!