The Wind: DSU-Morgan State 2nd Half
Dover — So I took the opportunity in the 3rd quarter to go down on the field and take pictures, as well as get an idea of how cold it is out there. Safe to say, it’s freaking freezing out there. The wind hits you right in the face, like being in Chicago in December.
The Delaware State offense continues to struggle. The Hornets tried passing the ball a bit more but haven’t been able to throw anything deep. Justin Wilson has been effectively neutralized by the elements as Elko can’t stretch the field with the wind. It didn’t help that the first pass Wilson had thrown his way was dropped. Then again, catching the ball is liable to leave a sting. When I was down on the field, Justin Brewton caught a pass then came off the field shaking his hands.
Like the rest of the game, the quarter was fast-moving as both teams struggled to move the ball. Bu Morgan’s running game has been a bit more successful and the Bears have been able to move on the ground behind Tracy Martin, a small, squat running back in the Ray Rice mold.
The Bears second touchdown drive was aided by a 15-yard unneccessary roughness call.
Morgan State went up by two scores early in the fourth, as Martin punched in his second touchdown of the day. The Bears failed again to convert the 2-pointer, but still lead 12-0.
The Hornets offense continued its horror show in the fourth quarter. DSU has tried to move through the air, but Elko’s throws have been inaccurate. He had Wilson open on a fly pattern and overthrew him. The Hornets have managed less than 30 yards of offense for the game and Elko has completed only 3 passes.
Martin continues to chew up yards and time, having gone over 100 yards on more than 30 carries. The ever-amusing Morgan State coaching staff in the box seems more pleased with Martin than Travis Davidson. I wish I could watch every football game with the Morgan coaches. They’ve made a tough- to-watch game highly entertaining. Most of what they say is unsuitable for print though.
DSU briefly had a drive going as Elko found Wilson and Travis Tarpley for first downs, bringing the Hornets game total to 3. But DSU went no further and Martin, Andrew King and the Bears ran the clock out to give Morgan a 12-0 win.
This is the Hornets sixth loss in a row and the third time DSU has been shut out this season. Unfortunately, the defense’s best effort of the season was wasted by an offense that continues to struggle. DSU’s lack of a running game has been a problem all season and with the bad weather today, that combination was a glass of Invisible Juice for the Hornet offense.
By the by, this game finished in 2 hours and 22 minutes, without a doubt one of the fastest-moving games I've ever been a part of.