September 14, 2013

CNU Defeats Hampden-Sydney, 17-7, to go 2-0 For First Time in Program History

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- Christopher Newport's football team has accomplished many things in more than twelve seasons of action on the gridiron. Matt Kelchner's squad has played in nine NCAA Tournaments, won or shared nine USA South titles, won 65 percent of its games and 83 percent of its conference games, and captured 69 percent of its home games at POMOCO Stadium.

But prior to Saturday night, the Captains had never been 2-0 to start a season.

That all changed as CNU held off Hampden-Sydney, 17-7, in front of a POMOCO Stadium record crowd of 6,675.

The Captains forced eight Tiger turnovers, five interceptions and three fumbles, en route to the 10-point triumph. Christopher Newport scored all of its points in the first half, held a 17-0 lead at the intermission, and then allowed only a late Hampden-Sydney score with 1:25 to play in the fourth quarter.

"It was a great win for us obviously," Head Coach Matt Kelchner said. "They're a good program and they beat us pretty good on their field last year...our defense really got the job done again, they were terrific."

CNU opened the scoring with a Paul Dukes touchdown run from four yards out just five minutes into the first quarter. The Captains posted a four-play, 76-yard drive that was highlighted by a 58-yard completion from junior quarterback Marcus Morrast to junior tight end Matt Kerr.

The Captains added another touchdown six minutes later at the 4:09 mark of the opening quarter on a 27-yard scoring scamper from Morrast. The run came on the first play following a Hampden-Sydney fumble at the 27-yard line.

Sophomore kicker Mason Studer added a 42-yard field goal in the final seconds of the second quarter to complete CNU's scoring for the night. For the second straight week, 17 points proved to be enough for victory.

"I certainly would have preferred for us to punch in another one or two scores," Kelchner continued. "We had some shots and just couldn't get it to happen. We relied on our defense and they were there for us all night."

Senior linebacker Evan Moog again led the way on defense, posting 14 tackles. Sophomore linebacker Mic Edwards picked off two passes, recovered a fumble, and made 10 stops. Sophomore cornerback Cameron Barlow picked off two passes and recovered a fumble, and sophomore cornerback Tyrell Eaton made 13 tackles. Senior linebacker A.J. Schmetzer tallied 10 tackles, and senior linebacker Tyler Portell recovered a fumble and made six stops. Sophomore Vincent Bolden also intercepted a pass for the Captains.

Hampden-Sydney junior quarterback Nash Nance attempted 72 passes, completing 45 for 364 yards. Nance's five interceptions came a year after he threw five touchdowns against the Captains in a 42-20 H-SC victory. The five picks matched a CNU school record.

CNU quarterback Marcus Morrast was 10 of 22 for 132 yards passing. He also rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries and a score.

Sophomore tailback Paul Dukes ran the ball 18 times for 60 yards and a score, his second of the season after scoring the game-winner last week at Salisbury in the final minute on a pass from Morrast.

The crowd of 6,675 eclipsed the previous high of 6,141 set in 2011 vs. North Carolina Wesleyan

Brady Macko spoiled the CNU shutout by scoring the Tigers only points of the night on a three-yard run with just 47 seconds left. The loss left the Tigers with a 1-1 record.

CNU will put its 2-0 record on the line next Saturday night at POMOCO Stadium. The Captains will host Shenandoah (1-1) with kickoff set for 7 p.m. The game will be a part of Family Weekend activities at CNU.

Sep. 30: All times Eastern
Final
Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
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at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
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Oct. 1: All times Eastern
4th - 10:49
30 Massachusetts Maritime
0 Fitchburg State
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4th - 10:19
35 Becker
12 Gallaudet
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10:08 4th
28 Merchant Marine
24 Hobart
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20 RPI
6 Rochester
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4th - 05:52
21 Endicott
9 MIT
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4th - 10:30
17 Juniata
52 Johns Hopkins
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Montclair State at William Paterson
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2nd - 02:54
6 Hamilton
14 Wesleyan
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3rd - 14:51
0 Bates
6 Tufts
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2nd - 15:00
17 Wabash
7 Hiram
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21 Middlebury
0 Colby
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17 Amherst
3 Bowdoin
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1:00 PM
Frostburg State at Kean
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14 Kenyon
27 DePauw
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1:00 PM
Ferrum at Greensboro
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Maryville (Tenn.) at Methodist
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19 FDU-Florham
14 Wilkes
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7 Anna Maria
17 Castleton
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11 Moravian
23 Ursinus
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Stevenson at Misericordia
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7 Springfield
21 St. Lawrence
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2nd - 15:00
7 Thomas More
6 Westminster (Pa.)
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35 Alma
17 Kalamazoo
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10 Franklin and Marshall
10 Dickinson
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42 Wesley
9 Southern Virginia
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21 Adrian
7 Albion
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20 Husson
5 SUNY-Maritime
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24 Apprentice
0 Alfred State
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6 TCNJ
24 Salisbury
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17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
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33 Salve Regina
7 Curry
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6 McDaniel
24 Gettysburg
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Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
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0 Ohio Wesleyan
14 Denison
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7 Utica
3 Ithaca
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28 Alfred
7 Morrisville State
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29 Western New England
7 Nichols
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King's at Albright
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0 Catholic
56 Guilford
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21 Muhlenberg
20 Susquehanna
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14 Huntingdon
28 N.C. Wesleyan
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Minnesota-Morris at MacMurray
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17 Birmingham-Southern
21 Chicago
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Westminster (Mo.) at Crown
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1:30 PM
Oberlin at Allegheny
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0 Mount Ida
0 Norwich
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17 Trinity (Conn.)
6 Williams
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21 Baldwin Wallace
20 Marietta
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3 Muskingum
6 Heidelberg
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2nd - 01:08
14 Union
0 WPI
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2nd - 06:32
8 Maine Maritime
15 Coast Guard
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2nd - 08:38
23 John Carroll
0 Wilmington
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2nd Quarter - 7:04
21 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
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2nd - 11:31
20 Franklin
7 Manchester
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1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Hanover
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1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
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2nd - 11:18
26 Defiance
14 Earlham
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1st - 12:21
0 Concordia-Chicago
0 Trine
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4:20, 1st
6 Capital
7 Otterbein
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2:00 PM
Plymouth State at Westfield State
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1st - 04:18
0 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
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1st - 04:49
0 Anderson
7 Rose-Hulman
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1st - 04:32
7 Hampden-Sydney
14 Bridgewater
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2:00 PM
Waynesburg at Grove City
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2:00 PM
Cortland at Hartwick
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2:00 PM
Centre at Hendrix
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1st - 04:51
13 Eureka
6 Greenville
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2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Iowa Wesleyan
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2:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Lakeland
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1st - 04:25
3 Rockford
13 Benedictine
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1st - 02:17
0 Aurora
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
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Nebraska Wesleyan at Luther
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1st - 06:37
6 Rhodes
7 Sewanee
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0 Lake Forest
14 St. Norbert
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Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
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1st - 02:11
7 Hamline
7 Carleton
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2:00 PM
St. John's at Bethel
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1st - 06:50
0 UW-Whitewater
0 UW-Platteville
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1st - 05:32
0 Buena Vista
7 Loras
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1st - 03:21
12 Sul Ross State
7 Hardin-Simmons
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UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
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2:00 PM
Beloit at Lawrence
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2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
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Wartburg at Coe
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Dubuque at Central
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
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2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Augustana
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2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
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2:00 PM
Grinnell at Illinois College
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2:00 PM
Howard Payne at Louisiana College
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2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-La Crosse
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2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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1st - 06:24
0 Augsburg
6 St. Thomas
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3:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
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3:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
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3:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
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3:00 PM
Carthage at Carroll
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3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
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Willamette at Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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Pacific at Pacific Lutheran
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4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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Framingham State at Mass-Dartmouth
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Averett at LaGrange
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Whitworth at George Fox
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Olivet at Hope
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Bethany at Carnegie Mellon
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St. Vincent at Case Western Reserve
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Christopher Newport at Rowan
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6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
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7:00 PM
Berry at Washington U.
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7:00 PM
North Park at Millikin
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Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
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La Verne at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Redlands
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10:08 4th
28 Merchant Marine
24 Hobart
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4th - 10:30
17 Juniata
52 Johns Hopkins
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6 TCNJ
24 Salisbury
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7 Thomas More
6 Westminster (Pa.)
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2nd - 15:00
17 Wabash
7 Hiram
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17 Buffalo State
14 St. John Fisher
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Stevenson at Misericordia
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7 Springfield
21 St. Lawrence
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14 Huntingdon
28 N.C. Wesleyan
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2nd Quarter - 7:04
21 Mount Union
7 Ohio Northern
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2nd - 11:31
20 Franklin
7 Manchester
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1st - 04:18
0 Wittenberg
0 Wooster
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Illinois Wesleyan
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1st - 08:35
0 UW-Whitewater
0 UW-Platteville
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2:00 PM
St. John's at Bethel
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2:00 PM
McMurry at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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1st - 04:25
6 Sul Ross State
7 Hardin-Simmons
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2:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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2:00 PM
Dubuque at Central
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1st - 08:09
0 Augsburg
0 St. Thomas
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3:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Oshkosh
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4:30 PM
Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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6:00 PM
Christopher Newport at Rowan
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