Union Shows Fight, But Comes Up Empty
Union College football showed tremendous fight in the face of a difficult situation, but it was not enough as visiting Point University (Ga.) won the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Appalachian Division game 47-14 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs fall to 0-9 overall and 0-4 in divisional play, while the Skyhawks improve to 3-5 and 2-1 in the MSC Appalachian.
NEXT MAN UP
Heading into the game, Union was without starting quarterback Kendrick Furness, who was out with an injury from last week's game. Then, in the first quarter, backup Conner Marchionda left the game with an injury of his own.
Earl Wells and Montrell Johnson then split time at quarterback before Johnson took over for the entire second half. After taking some time to find his rhythm, Johnson got the Bulldog offense moving and found the end zone twice. Johnson completed four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 94 yards.
ONE BAD QUARTER
For three of the four quarters, Union played even, and in some cases, better than Point. But the second quarter did the Bulldogs in.
After a scoreless first, the Skyhawks exploded for 34 points. Keena Wise ran for one touchdown and threw for three more in the quarter as Point took a 34-0 lead at the half.
WELLS = TOUCHDOWN MAKER
Union got on the board early in the third quarter when Wells broke loose down the right sideline for a 51-yard touchdown run, cutting the margin to 34-7 with 12:40 left in the third.
After another Point score, Wells hauled in a pass from Johnson before weaving his way to the end zone for his second score of the day. Seth Burke's PAT made it 40-14 with 11 seconds to play in the third.
Wells has eight touchdowns on the year with seven receiving and one rushing, accounting for exactly half of the Bulldogs' scores.
Point added a score in the fourth to make the final 47-14.
Cohen Perry led the Bulldog defense with a season-high 12 tackles, while Demonte Bell matched his season-high with 11 total stops.
Meanwhile, Tramonte Gardner picked off his fourth pass of the season, blocked a field-goal attempt, and recorded nine total tackles. The nine stops were one shy of his season-best.
Union rushed for a season-high 179 yards. After Johnson, Wells was next in line with 67 yards.
The blocked kick is the second by the Bulldogs this season with the first coming against Morehead State University (Ky.) in the season opener.
The Bulldogs registered a season-high 81 tackles on the day.
The 51-yard run by Wells is the longest run from scrimmage by a Bulldog this season.
NEXT FOR THE BULLDOGS
After a bye week, Union returns to the field on Nov. 9 to host Kentucky Christian University in its home finale. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.