By James Vallone
MURFREESBORO, N.C. -- With Shorter behind 17-7 at halftime in the battle of the Hawks, big plays changed the momentum leading Shorter's comeback victory at Chowan, 28-17.
Backup quarterback Ryan Nolan had a fumble that was recovered by Jamal Denson, T.J. Telfair took a carry 70 yards for a score, and Eric Dodson hit Brandon Morten for a 63-yard TD pass, but the biggest play was the first snap of the fourth quarter.
Dodson was efficient in his passing, completing 3 of 5 passes for 119 yards and a pair of scores, while adding 21 rushing yards. Kirk Wilson showed his sprinter's speed when he started the Shorter scoring with a 49-yard reception for Shorter's only points in the first half.
Bradley Moon once again was the workhorse of the ground game with 18 carries for 42 yards. Morten added five carries that tacked on 32 rushing yards, while Wilson had seven carries for 20 yards.
The defense did not miss a beat with Dominique Henfield injured and missing the game as Josh White got the start in his place and led the team with nine tackles. Demery Hawkins had eight tackles and 2.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Denson anchored the line with three tackles, including a sack and causing and recovering a fumble. After not creating a turnover in the loss last week to Newberry, the Hawks were able to generate three, and had the first defensive score on the season.
Shorter closes the three game road trip to start the season at 2-1 as they head home to Rome for the Homecoming game versus Charleston Southern.
Game time is set for 1:30 pm at Barron Stadium on September 22. The Buccaneers will come in with a 0-3 record, most recently losing at Illinois, 44-0.
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