Football fails to overcome #5 North Central (Ill.)

The Cardinals offense proves to be too strong for the Captains defense

After all the pomp and circumstance of Hurricane Dorian and how it missed hitting us, the Football team had their home opener, and had a tough time dealing with the Cardinals of North Central (Ill.) and their excellent offense.

Stat lines show that North Central College (NCC) had the run on the Captains all game long. It’s hard to argue with a total yards stat that shows NCC had over double the amount of yards Christopher Newport had on the day.

Along with the superior stat line that NCC was able to show that they are in another class then the Captains. NCC started off strong in the first quarter by taking a 21-7 lead, and they never looked back.

The Captains never really got their offense going aside from one spectacular play early on to tie the game at seven a piece. 

#14 Garrison Mayo was on the receiving end of a 78 yard pass play from quarterback #12 Jack Anderson. This play gave the Captains faithful hope that the home team could somehow take down the Cardinals, who coming into the weekend were ranked in the top five in the nation with a fantastic offense.

Unfortunately for the Captains, the hope faded quickly after NCC gathered themselves and scored two more touchdowns to end the quarter. This coupled with a few miscues from the offense of the Captains meant that they would never fully come back from the deficit they found themselves in.

Meanwhile, NCC continued to dominate on the defensive side. The Captains could only come away with the one touchdown on the day. The game ended with a commanding victory for the Cardinals from Chicago.

On the bright side for the Christopher Newport University, several Captains had solid days of work against a very strong team. #10 Ben James had a very respectable seven tackles, two of which were sacks, to lead the defensive line. 

On the offensive side of things Anderson had 17 completions for 202 total yards. Lastly, #89 Dylan Curran had two long range field goals at 41 and 48 yards.

Looking forward for the Captains they will be back in action at home this Saturday, Sept. 14, against Hampden-Sydney College for the Family Weekend night game at 7 p.m. at TowneBank Stadium.

~Michael Innacelli, CNUTV Managing Editor & Sports Editor~

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