Bears Win Big in Unofficial Home Opener

by Devon Ashby

Just like last season, the Morgan State University Bears entered their first home game of the season with a record of 0-2; and just like last season, they ended the game in victorious fashion, earning their first victory of the season.

The Bears beat the visiting University of Virginia-Lynchburg Dragons by a score of 61-0 at Hughes Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon in a game that, due to NCAA accreditation issues for Virginia-Lynchburg, will not count on either team’s official schedule and stat books.

The game started with a 69-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Moses Skillon to junior receiver Ricky Fisk. Redshirt senior safety Fonyi Agendia later intercepted a pass and took it to the 33-yard line of Virginia-Lynchburg, setting up the offense for another touchdown by way of a 24-yard run from Fisk. The Bears would go on to score 37 points in the first quarter, including three more touchdown passes from Skillon to redshirt senior Andrew King, and a safety by linebacker Brandon Griffith and the Bears special teams unit.

The Bears defense was aggressive for most of the game. In the second half, the defense gave up some big plays, but they held the Dragons out of the endzone, including a big goal line stand on 4th down in the final seconds.

After the game, Coach Lee Hull said he was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I think we played well,” said Hull. “Our big thing this week was that we focus and we play intense and I think that we did that.” Hull added that he would’ve liked for the offense to do a little more in the second half and that they “bogged down.” Additionally, he mentioned that the defense let up in the second half but he “liked how they held on 4th & goal” on the Dragon’s final offensive series.

The Bears now look for their second win of the season as they take on the Howard University Bison in Chicago for the Chicago Football Classic.

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