Wildcats’ win streak stays alive against Benedict

FVSU punter kicks ball at Benedict game.

Sept. 28, 2015 – The Fort Valley State University Wildcats went into the Sept. 26, 2015 contest looking to keep their win streak alive and a chance for Coach Donald Pittman and Coach Mike White meet for the first time in the Valley. Wildcat fans did not have to wait long as the Wildcats scored at will, handing Benedict College its fourth straight loss 33-3.

Fort Valley State improved their overall record to 3-1 and a conference leading 3-0 record, while Benedict dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the SIAC.
The Wildcats scored three points in the first quarter, 17-points in the second quarter and 13-points in the third quarter for their 33-points and the Tigers 3-points came in the third quarter.
FVSU scored the first four scores with sophomore kicker Juan Serna 46-yard field goal, completing an 8-play, 49-yard drive with 6:41 left in the 1st quarter (3-0).

Then with 8:16 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, senior free safety George Maxey returned Patrick Hoard interception 5-yards for a touchdown. Serna kick attempt good (10-0).

Sophomore quarterback Otis Brown left the game in the 2nd quarter with a shoulder injury. Sophomore quarterback Malcolm Eady entered the game and scored the Wildcats first touchdown on a 2-yard run at the 6:26 mark. Serna kick attempt good (17-0).

Serna increased the lead to 20-0 with :06 seconds left before halftime on a 32-yard field goal.
Tory Mimbs 32-yard field goal added 3-points for Benedict after coming from the locker room with 8:27 in the third quarter to cap a 4-play, 5-yard drive (20-3).

Senior wide receiver Jevon Bell added another touchdown on a 70-yard pass from Eady with 8:06 left in the 3rd quarter. Serna kick attempt good (27-3).

Sophomore wide receiver Drelon Freeman rounded out the scoring with an 11-yard pass touchdown from Eady completing a five-play, 37-yard drive with 4:03 minutes left in the game. Serna kick attempt failed (33-3). Serna missed his 1st PAT of the season, after making 15-of-15.

FVSU led the Tigers in all categories, starting with 15 first downs to 5, 158-yards in rushing to 111, 164-yards in passing to just 5-yards for Benedict and 322 offensive yards to 116-yards for the Tigers. The Wildcats fell under 100-yards in penalties for the first time this season, as they had 76-yards in penalties. FVSU controlled the game with a time of possession of 30.04 minutes.

FVSU intercepted the Tigers quarterbacks four times and Serna put up a 46.8 yards per punt day.

Sophomore running back Jalen White added 39-yards in rushing and Brown another 38-yards, while Eady completed five-of-9 passes for 98-yards and Brown throwing 5-of-6 passes and one interception for 66-yards. Freeman led the receiving core with three receptions for 22-yards, one
touchdown, Bell had two catches for 76-yards and senior wide receiver Alexander Morgan two
catches for 26 yards.

Senior linebacker Stefon Harper led the defense with 11 tackles (two solos), while sacking the quarterback once and 2.5 tackles-for-losses. Freshman middle linebacker Leon McQuarker had six tackles and one tackle-for-loss. Senior free safety George Maxey grabbed two picks; freshman
free safety Kentorius Jackson and junior cornerback Breon Isaac had one interception apiece.
Next week: The Wildcats will host first time visitors Alderson Broaddus University from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. FVSU will enter the game with a 3-1 record and Alderson Broaddus a 4-0 overall record.