ODU Blows Away Hampton in Season Opener
Old Dominion hosted Hampton at Foreman Field to kick off the 2016 regular season. The game was pushed back a day because of Tropical Storm Hermine, but the Monarchs didn’t let that slow them down. Six different players scored touchdowns as ODU defeated Hampton 54-21.
Both teams started off fast scoring on their first possession’s before the Monarchs pulled away in the second quarter as the Hampton offense stalled. On ODU’s first play from scrimmage, David Washington swung a pass out to Ray Lawry for a 59-yard Touchdown.
During the game, Washington went 10 of 18, passing for 187 yards and throwing four touchdowns, which tied his career high. Coach Bobby Wilder said, “David really looked good. He’s so much fun to watch. People think of him as just a great athlete, but he throws the ball so well.”
Hampton, led by their senior quarterback Jaylian Williamson, struggled to consistently drive down the field throughout the game. Williamson was only able to complete 16 of 37 passes for 200 yards.. At just 5 feet 9 inches he had to get out of the pocket to see downfield. ODU finished the game with four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
On just 16 touches, last season’s Conference USA leading rusher Ray Lawry scored two touchdowns, rushed the ball 14 times for 110 yards and caught two passes for 59 yards.
Hampton’s Williamson threw a touchdown pass to Shakim Alonzo with no time remaining in the first half to bring the score to 31-14. They received the kickoff to start the second half and had a six-minute touchdown drive that ended in TD run by Dwayne Garret. After Garret’s] run, Hampton cut the deficit to 31-21 and that is the closest they would get. It all went downhill for the Pirates on their next two possessions.
Zach Pascal led ODU receivers with 5 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Next week the Monarchs head to Boone, North Carolina to play the Appalachian State Mountaineers who are coming off an overtime loss to the number nine ranked team in the country Tennessee. Last season the Mountaineers came to Foreman field and shut out the Monarchs 49-0.