Hornets fall to 0-4 with 54-28 MEAC loss at Norfolk State

Trey Gross

NORFOLK, Va. — Delaware State hoped that the start of its MEAC schedule might bring better things.

But Norfolk State only handed the Hornets more of the same.

The Spartans scored the first 34 points of the contest before coasting to a 54-28 victory over DSU in MEAC football before a crowd of 7,103 at Dick Price Stadium on Saturday evening.

The loss keeps DelState winless at 0-4 overall while Norfolk State improves to 3-1. The Hornets have also lost their last 25 road games.

One of the few bright spots for DelState was that it returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in the third quarter.

Sophomore Kwannah Kollie returned one 93 yards for a TD before Brycen Alleyne followed with a 95-yarder for the Hornets’ second TD.

DelState’s other touchdowns came in the fourth quarter. QB Keenan Black threw a pair of scoring passes to Trey Gross — 18 yards and 16 yards — in the final four minutes of the game.

Gross finished with nine catches for 162 yards while Black completed 17-of-29 passes for 247 yards with the two TDs and one interception. Kollie added 197 yards on five kickoff returns while Alleyne added 129 yards on three returns.

Norfolk State helped break the game open with an 80-yard interception return for a TD by Brandon Savage followed by a 23-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Nigel Chavis. Chavis’ TD gave the Spartans a 34-0 lead two minutes into the third quarter.

Also for Norfolk State, quarterback Juwan Carter completed 22-of-31 passes for 318 yards with three touchdowns.

Delaware State finally plays sits first home game of the season next Saturday when it hosts North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m.

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