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Turnovers once again doom Tigers

By: Bryan Encarnacao

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The Towson Tigers extended a six-game losing streak as they fell 20-6 to the Delaware Blue Hens. Delaware was able to control the clock running the football extremely effectively as Towson struggled to move the ball and threw four interceptions throughout the game. Ellis Knudson remained ineffective against a stout Delaware defense as he was replaced by sophomore Heath Dalgren in the end of the second quarter. Dalgren also struggled immensely throwing three interceptions only completing six of 18 passes.

The game began as a defensive battle with both teams struggling to move the ball. After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers were first to put points on the board. After receiving good field position from a Deleware punt the Tigers were able to put together some offense with short completions by Knudson and staying committed to running the ball with Shane Simpson. The field goal seemed to put the Blue Hens on alert as their offense finally starting to move the ball. Sophomore Thomas Jefferson carried the ball effectively as he began to gain chunks of yardage against Towson’s defense. Once the Blue Hens were in Towson territory, Senior Jalen Randolph ripped off a 20-yard run that put Delaware at Towson’s 21-yard line knocking on the red zone. Randolph continued a commanding offensive series as wide receiver Diante Cherry threw him a 21-yard touchdown to give Delaware the lead. The trick play was executed perfectly as a backward pass by quarterback Joe Walker allowed Cherry time to find Randolph for the easy touchdown.

The Tigers continued to struggle moving the ball offensively. Ellis Knudson was sacked and stripped of the football on third down at the Tigers own 26-yard line. The Tigers defense responded though as Bryton Barr pounced on a scrambling Joe Walker to give the ball back to the Towson offense as Malik Jackson recovered. Dalgren was not able to take advantage of the turnover though as after a pair of false start penalties he threw an interception. Randolph continued to help the Hens move the ball offensively as a 30-yard field goal capped a defensive first half with Delaware leading 10-3.

Towson began the second half in great field position after Shane Simpson returned it 36 yards to the Towson 36-yard line. Towson was able to move to the red zone after a couple of completions by Dalgren and effective runs by Simpson. The offense stalled at Delaware’s two yard line after a stout run defense was able to force a Towson field goal. Jefferson and Randolph began to take control of the game for Delaware. A series of continuous positive runs was able to carry the Delaware offense into Towson territory. The offense stalled as quarterback Joe Walker was not able to convert a third down. A field goal capped off the drive as Delaware extended their lead to 13-6. Consecutive punts followed as both defenses stepped up for both teams.

Delaware’s offense though began to fully click late in the third quarter. Thomas Jefferson ripped off a 40-yard run for a touchdown as Delaware extended their lead to 20-6. After the long touchdown run Towson committed to throwing the football to try and get back into the game. Dalgren continued his struggles though as pressure from Delaware forced a poor pass that resulted in his second interception of the game. After another Delaware punt, Towson got the ball back needing a miracle play to try and get back into the game. Dalgren threw his third interception of the game to end the game as Towson’s offense continued to be frustrated by Delaware’s defense. The Tigers loss put them to 0-5 within the conference. Towson next play Elon next at home as they try to recover from a disastrous season so far.

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