Skyhawks Win Streak Ends With 56-17 Loss To Kennesaw State
Kennesaw, Ga.- The Point University football team fell 56-17 to NCAA Division I Kennesaw State Saturday afternoon in Fifth Third Bank Stadium, snapping the Skyhawks five-game win streak.
Point (5-2) hung close with Kennesaw (4-1) for a quarter, finishing up the first 15 minutes of play trailing the Owls by just a touchdown. But a 69-yard touchdown catch by Chaston Bennett on the first play of the second quarter sparked a 21-0 run by Kennesaw to put the Owls firmly ahead of the Skyhawks by 28 points midway through the period.
Point got on the board with just over five minutes remaining before halftime, as Charles Fortis found Connor Reed for a 86-yard score on the first play of the drive. Nick Powell kicked a 43yard field goal just before the end of the first half to cut the Owls lead down to 3510 heading into the second half.
Kennesaw State reeled off three scores unanswered in the second half to increase their lead to 46 points with just under eight minutes remaining in the game.
The Skyhawks put together their most complete drive of the game in their final drive of the contest. Point charged 78 yards down the field in 10 plays, capped off by a three-yard Ladarrius Mathis touchdown run at the 2:31 mark of the fourth quarter.
Point totaled 340 yards of offense while the Owls racked up 699 yards on offense. Perhaps the greatest advantage Kennesaw had over the Skyhawks was their ability to convert on third downs. The Owls converted on 12 of 15 third downs while the Skyhawks converted first downs on just two of 13 third downs.
Quarterback Charles Fortis threw for 213 while completing 14 of 25 passes. Brandon Robertson led the receiving corps with four catches and 26 yards while Ricardo Sloan collected two catches for forty yards.
Christian Williams led the Skyhawks with 47 rushing yards on nine attempts. Danyale Wicker added 46 yards on the ground in seven attempts.
Jared Moyston totaled 13 tackles to lead the Skyhawk defense. John Thompson had six tackles and a forced fumble.
Senior punter David Strickland turned in one of his best performances of the season, averaging 44.1 yards on his seven punt attempts with a long of 56 yards.
While Point's five-game win streak does come to an end with today's result, the Skyhawks competed well against a NCAA Division I opponent that boasts a student population nearly 31 times larger than their own. The 17 points scored today by the Skyhawks is the most points scored against a NCAA Division I opponent in school history.
The Skyhawks will look to return to the win column next week when they travel to Babson Park, Fla. to face No. 24 Webber International on Saturday, October 17. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.