Towson Wins Wild Shootout Over Monmouth


The Towson Tigers took down the Monmouth Hawks this past weekend on the road. The game was a shootout with both teams combining for 800 play yards of total offense, but the Tiger’s prevailed 52-48. This marks the best offensive output for the Tigers in the past couple of seasons. The Tigers picked up their first win in conference play and snapped their 4 game losing streak. This game was imperative that the Tigers win, and while it was not pretty, they got the job done.

The offense was on another level today than it has been all season. They put up 7 touchdowns and 2 field goals along with going 12-15 on 3rd down. Pigrome had easily his most complete performances as Towson’s QB as he went 20-26 for 216 yards and a touchdown. On the ground Piggy picked up 41 yards rushing and another touchdown. The ground game had themselves a day as Devin Matthews had a huge day with 112 yards rushing on 15 carries and a score. Joachim Bangda added 2 rushing touchdowns on 12 attempts for 75 yards. Towson got a touchdown from starting center Cole Cheripko on the goaline in the second quarter, his first of his Towson career. 

The Tigers got a huge boost as D’Ago Hunter took a 4th quarter kickoff 92 yards to the house. Through the air, D’Kendall James continues to have a stellar season as he caught 5 passes for 87 yards and the lone receiving touchdown for the Tigers. The Tigers played mistake free football and did not turn the ball over once today while only puntng once to Monmouth. The Tiger enjoyed their best offensive output of the year. 

The Defense did not generate turnovers, but did get 3 sacks and did enough to give the Tigers offense the ball. Mason Woods, Ryan Kearney, Jesus Gibbs and Shaheem Haltiwagner led the charge for the Tigers defense. 

The Hawks had their share of explosion on offense. Enzo Arjona made his first career start for the Hawks and made the most of it. He threw for 213 yards on 18 completions and had 3 touchdowns, but was sacked 3 times. Running back Jaden Shirden dominated on the ground as he ran for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. Through the air Dymere Miller caught 8 passes for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Da’Quan Grimes led all defensive players with 10 solo tackles. The Hawks got 2 sacks from Isaiah Bishop and Miles Mitchells.

The win is a big confidence booster for the Tigers and will need it for their upcoming game. The focus now shifts to a home matchup against the Villanova Wildcats. The Wildcats sit at 5-3 overall and will be looking to add another win on the road. Offensively, Connor Watkins leads the charge with 1661 yards passing and 15 touchdowns and 7 touchdowns on the ground. Watkins has struggled with turnovers as he has 10 INT’s on the year. 4 of which came against LIU Brooklyn in week 2. On the ground, TD Ayo-Durojaiye leads the Wildcats in rushing yards with 605 yards and has 2 touchdowns to go along with it. Jalen Jackson is another guy to look out for as he has 5 touchdowns on 334 yards. They have 2 guys who are a big threat in the passing game: Jaaron Hayek and Rayjuon Pringle who have 8 and 5 touchdowns respectively. Hayek will be the one to really look out for as he has 810 yards receiving on the year. 

Defensively the Wildcats seem to be a well rounded unit. Shane Hartzell leads the charge with 54 tackles, 6.5 TFL’s and 3 sacks. In the backfield the Tigers will need to be wary of Daniel Abraham and Tyrell Mims who have 2 INTs a piece. Towson will need to play mistake free football in order to get the win. Kickoff is set for 2pm from Unitas Stadium. GO TIGERS!

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