By James Vallone
FLORENCE, Ala. – The first time that Shorter played a Gulf South Conference game did not go as expected with North Alabama defeating the Hawks, 41-0.
Turnovers led the downfall -- Shorter threw three interceptions and also lost a fumble.
Bradley Moon was the focal point of the offensive attack that saw him carry the ball 21 times for 114 yards, which included a long of 20 yards. T.J. Telfair added 31 yards rushing and Eric Dodson accounted for 25 rushing yards.
Before Dodson left with an injury, he passed 4 of 7 for 33 yards and also one interception. He was replaced in the third quarter by freshman Maurice Bloodser, who led Shorter down the field and to the North Alabama 15-yard line on a promising drive midway through the fourth quarter in his first extensive action of 2012.
Shorter (2-3, 0-1 GSC) has now lost consecutive games for the first time since the end of the 2010 season. The Hawks return to Barron Stadium on October 6 as the Point Skyhawks (0-3) make their way to Rome for a 1:30 pm kickoff. This will be the first match up between the two programs.
North Alabama (4-1, 2-0 GSC) will be in Texas next week as part of the GSC/Lone Star Conference scheduling as they play Texas A&M-Kingsville on October 6 at 7 pm CT.