Winless Hornets fall to MEAC foe North Carolina A&T 34-6

DOVER — Delaware State led a football game for only the second time this season but still came up short in its bid for its first victory of the season.

The Hornets dropped their home opener to North Carolina A&T 34-6 on Saturday night in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest. It was the first home game for first-year coach Rod Milstead.

The Hornets fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the MEAC while No. 11-ranked North Carolina A&T improved to 2-0 in the conference and 5-1 overall.

The Hornets managed to take an early lead on a 38-yard field goal by Jose Romo-Martinez with 2:21 left in the first quarter.

But Delstate was disappointed to not come up with a touchdown on that drive. The Hornets were facing a third-and-one at the Aggies’ 14 but back-to-back false start penalties forced them into an unsuccessful third-and-long attempt.

The Aggies responded with three unanswered touchdowns before Romo-Martinez made another field goal from 49-yards out — a new career best.
Romo-Martinez attempted a 50-yarder as time expired in the first half but it banged off the crossbar.

Lamar Raynard had a big day to lead the Aggies.

He contributed to all five of their touchdowns, with three through the air and ran for two more.

Raynard gave North Carolina A&T the lead for good when he converted on third-and-13. He rolled out to the right to avoid a DelState blitz and found wide receiver Malik Wilson in the back corner of the end zone for a 7-3 lead with 47 seconds to go in the first quarter.

Raynard hooked up with Wilson again in the second quarter, this time for a 54-yard touchdown catch as Wilson found himself wide open in the middle of the field after the Hornets sent an all-out blitz.

Raynard’s final passing touchdown went to Zach Leslie who won a jumpball near the sideline after he ripped the ball away from a DSU defender. That touchdown was from four yards out.

Raynard, the reigning MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, also recorded rushing touchdowns of five and 10 yards. He finished with 171 yards passing and 16 rushing.

Keenan Black played the full game at quarterback for Delaware State for the second game in a row. Black threw for 96 yards on 9-of-18 passing and finished as the Hornets’ leading rusher with 52 yards.

Mike Waters rushed for 50 yards on six carriers while Trey Gross and Kwannah Kollie led the receiving core with three catches apiece. Gross topped all Hornet receivers with 55 yards.

Brian Cavicante and Keyjuan Selby each recorded 11 tackles for the DSU defense. Cavicante picked up the first sack of the season for the Hornets.

Milford High product David Bowman had the first sack of his collegiate career. The true freshman finished with eight tackles.
Staff writer Tim Mastro can be reached at or 741-8224.

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