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Mace & Crown | November 22, 2017

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Tech takedown the Monarchs 38-0

Sports Editor | Brittany Reigelsperger

Saturday, Sept. 24 the Monarchs (2-2) traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on, No.13 in the nation, Virginia Tech (4-0). Unfortunately, this was the second week in a row the Monarchs would not be able to defeat their opponents.

Much like last week’s game against North Carolina, the Monarchs struggled to gain forward progression against Virginia Tech only obtaining seven first downs. Although, the Monarchs never scored, they held their own against the Hokies being down several starters.

“Clearly short handed with the number of players we’ve got injured, yet our guys competed. They played as hard as they could the entire game” head coach, Bobby Wilder said.

At the end of the first quarter, Tech led the Monarchs 3-0. Old Dominion’s defense held Tech at this 3-0 lead until the sixth minute in the second quarter when Hokie, Steven Peoples scored for them driving the score to 10-0. Within the last minute of the second quarter, the Hokies successfully drove another pass to the end zone increase the lead to 17-0.

Following the half, Virginia Tech continued to outmatch the Monarchs offensively shutting them out 21-0. This the second time in program history ODU has been held scoreless in a competition.

“We’ll use the bye first and foremost to get healed up and then get ourselves excited and ready to start with conference play.” Wilder said.

This game marked the starting debut of true freshman quarterback ,Steven Williams Jr. after being declared starting QB for the Monarchs last week by coach Wilder. Williams is now the second youngest starting QB in FBS history at the age of 17. Williams only managed to complete eight of his 26 pass attempts, throwing 85 yards and rushing 24 yards. However, this is the first full game Williams as played at the collegiate level which means there is room for improvement. 

Notable leaders for the Monarchs this game included Justin Cooper, Isaiah Harper, Sean Carter and Denzel Williams. Cooper had a position change and started as a tight end for the Monarchs. Harper ran for 32 yards in four catches, while Carter notched in five tackles and one interception. Williams registered 11 tackles setting a new team high.

The Monarchs will have a bye-week to recharge before they begin conference play the week of October 1st. The next game for the Monarch will held at Foreman Field against Florida Atlantic University (1-3) on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

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