|VUU shocks D-I Hampton|
|Published Sunday, September 8, 2019|
HAMPTON, Va. – Khalid Morris threw four touchdown passes, including three to Charles Hall, and Virginia Union scored 22 unanswered second-half points to beat Hampton 36-17 on September 7.
For Virginia Union, No. 25 in Lindy's preseason Division II poll, it was the first win over a Division I opponent since the Panthers defeated Grambling State 46-37 in 1991.
"We came into it like it was just another game," Panthers coach Alvin Parker said. "We never came in with a David and Goliath type of mentality like I guess everybody expected us to. They came out and played their hardest.
"We've got a good, tough group. They're taking coaching well. We came in at halftime, and we knew as a staff we had to coach aggressive. That's what we did, and the kids responded."
Hampton's Evan Lomax missed a 35-yard first quarter field goal and Morris hit Hall on an 80-yard TD pass on the following play. Bryan Epps picked off a Deondre Francois pass, setting up Morris' 40-yard TD completion to Tabyus Taylor for a 14-0 Panthers lead.
The Pirates (1-1) rallied in the second quarter, with Francois hitting Jadakis Bonds on a 49-yard TD pass and Francois scoring on a 1-yard run to make it 14-all. Lomax hit a go-ahead 32-yard field goal as time in the first half expired.
Morris' 38-yard TD pass to Hall put the Panthers up 21-17 in the third quarter, then Keenen Evans dropped Shai McKenzie in the end zone for a safety and a 23-17 lead. Jefferson Souza's 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter put it out of reach and Morris hit Hall on a 44-yarder for a 33-17 lead.
Morris was 7 of 21 for 199 yards passing and Hall had three catches for 152 yards. Taylor gained 165 yards on 25 carries.
Virginia Union will open the home season against Lenoir-Rhyne University on September 14. Lenoir-Rhyne demolished St. Augustine’s 68-7 last Saturday.
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