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Spartan football looks for first-ever win in Orangeburg

The Norfolk State football team (2-7, 1-5 MEAC) seeks to notch its first-ever win in Orangeburg, S.C.

The Norfolk State football team (2-7, 1-5 MEAC) seeks to notch its first-ever win in Orangeburg, S.C.

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State football team (2-7, 1-5 MEAC) seeks to notch its first-ever win in Orangeburg, S.C., when the Spartans meet host South Carolina State (3-5, 3-2) at Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Game 10: Norfolk State (2-7, 1-5 MEAC) at S.C. State (3-5, 3-2 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 12 • 2 p.m. • Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium (22,000)
Radio: WGH Star 1310 AM, WNSB 91.1 FM (Pre-game – 1:30 p.m.); Play-by-Play: Ross Gordon; Color: Michael High
Live Video: None
Live Statistics: None
Twitter Updates (NSU): @NSUSpartans • @NSU_FB
Series History: 22nd meeting – SCSU leads 18-2 (1 NSU win vacated)
Last Meeting: SCSU 17-10 (Nov. 14, 2015)
Series Streak: SCSU won 4 straight

1ST AND 10
1.  The Spartans take their second long road trip in as many weeks as they venture down to Orangeburg, S.C. to face the Bulldogs of South Carolina State.
2.  The Spartans had their bid for their first two-game winning streak of the season fall short last Saturday in Savannah, Ga., where Savannah State topped NSU 31-14.
3.  The Spartans had three turnovers in their first six drives of the game, all of which occurred in SSU territory. NSU also turned the ball over on downs inside the SSU 30-yard line early in the third quarter.
4.  Gerard Johnson amassed 92 all-purpose yards, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown and catching four passes for 39 yards. It was his first rushing touchdown of the season.
5.  Greg Hankerson passed for 199 yards and ran for another 40, but did throw two interceptions in the loss.
6.  South Carolina State has lost two in a row following a 30-20 set-back at North Carolina A&T last Saturday. The Bulldogs led 20-16 entering the fourth quarter, but the Aggies scored two touchdowns in the final 5:25 of the game to come away with the win.
7.  Caleb York threw for 193 yards and a touchdown for SCSU. De’Montrez Burroughs caught seven passes for 86 yards and a score, and backup quarterback Adrian Kollock rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown.
8.  The traditional stingy SCSU defense held the Aggies to just 63 yards rushing. MEAC rushing leader Tarik Cohen of North Carolina A&T could manage only 47 yards against the Bulldogs.
9.  York has thrown 11 touchdown passes this season, while freshman Bishop Ford leads the SCSU ground attack with 439 yards and three touchdowns rushing.  Defensively, the Bulldogs are led by Preseason MEAC Defensive Player of the Year Darius Leonard. The linebacker has 93 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and two interceptions this season.
10.  NSU has never won in Orangeburg (0-9). The Spartans’ only wins in the series came in 2000, 2007 and 2011 (later vacated), with each coming at Dick Price Stadium in Norfolk.

Some news and notes from the loss to Savannah State:
• The win snapped NSU’s seven-game winning streak in the series. It was just Savannah State’s second-ever win over the Spartans and first since 2004.
Greg Hankerson threw two interceptions in the loss, his first game with more than one INT this season.
• Hankerson did complete four passes of more than 20 yards, tying the NCCU game for the most he’s had this season.
Gerard Johnson scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 17-yard run in the fourth quarter. Though it was his first rushing TD of the year, Johnson has now scored a TD in back-to-back games. He caught a 5-yard TD pass against Morgan State.
Donte’ Haynesworth had one of his best games of the year defensively, with seven solo tackles, a sack and two pass breakups.
Kyle Archie had 10 tackles, his fourth time in the last five games in double figures.

Norfolk State senior kicker Cameron Marouf broke Justin Castellat’s school record for made field goals in the loss at Savannah State. Marouf hit field goals of 31 and 37 yards, giving him 34 successful field goals in his career (34-49). Castellat had 33 (33-56) from 2006-09. Marouf is 8-for-9 in field goal tries this season, ranking him first in the conference and fifth nationally in percentage (88.9) and tied for first in the MEAC in makes.

QB Greg Hankerson moved into third place in NSU history in total offense with his 239 yards against Savannah State. Hankerson (4,361) moved past Robert Morris (4,301) into third place, just one week after surpassing Casey Hansen (3,928) for fourth. Chris Walley (5,008) is second on the career total offense records list.

Junior DL Chris Lee led the Spartans in tackles for loss (13.5) and sacks (6.0) last year, and he’s finishing the 2016 campaign strong. He had 2.5 tackles for loss at Savannah State, giving him a team-best 10.5 on the season and 7.0 in his last three games. Lee is tied for fifth in the MEAC in hits for lost yardage, and his 3.5 sacks lead NSU and are tied for 10th in the league.


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