Baker leads the Bears past Virginia-Lynchburg 44-10












Score by quarters
Crew 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F

0 seven 3 0 ten

23 14 0 seven 44

Game recap: Soccer | | MSU Athletics Communications

BALTIMORE, Md. (October 1, 2022) – Morgan State showed no signs of rust today.

The Bears returned to work after their week off gave them a chance to rest and recuperate and wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard against the University of Virginia in Lynchburg.

Carson Baker threw three touchdown passes in the first half and senior Alphonse Graham rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown, as Morgan overwhelmed Virginia-Lynchburg 44-10 on Saturday in front of a reported crowd of 2,576 at Hughes Stadium.

With the win, Morgan State is 2-2 to start a season for the first time since the 2016 team also opened with a 2-2 record. The program also won consecutive matches for the first time since 2019.

The Bears have been impressive in their final preparation for a three-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series in their next four games.

There were clouds and intermittent rain during the game like the remnants of Hurricane Ian.

Morgan (2-2) led 37-7 at halftime as the Bears quickly turned him into a rout.

Tyler Wilkins caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Baker to open the scoring at 9:21 of the first quarter. Graham scored on a 9-yard run that capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive to help give the Bears a 14-0 lead. The Bears defense came into action with a safety when Elijah Williams and Ted Windom Jr. sacked Dragons quarterback Alvaro Ortega in the end zone. Baker threw his second TD of the day when he connected with Avery Jones for a strike from 49 yards. The Bears held a 23-0 lead after the first quarter.

Baker crafted a 9-play, 80-yard drive midway through the second quarter and connected on his third touchdown with a 10-yard pass to Damond Hamler (4 rec, 47 yards, 2 TDs).

Morgan’s special teams unit scored when the Dragons punter mishandled the snap and Maurice Crutchfield picked it up for a 6-yard score. The Bears led 37-0.

Virginia-Lynchburg (0-5) came on the scoreboard when Shonny Nelson found Robbie Faison wide open behind the Bears secondary for a 59-yard touchdown. The Bears entered halftime with a 37-7 advantage.

Virginia-Lynchburg was held at 200 yards, including 63 yards on the ground. The Dragons played three quarters on the day and combined 9 for 28 passes for 137 yards, including five sacks and an interception by Morgan’s Carlvainsky Decius.

Baker was snappy, completing 10 of 14 passes for 160 yards. Second year Duce Taylor stepped in as the Bears’ second-half flagger and finished the game completing 4 of 13 passes for 83 yards, including a 12-yard TD pass to Hamler in the fourth quarter to cap all the points.

junior linebacker Lawrence Richardson finished with a record seven tackles, while defensive lineman Nana Asante had five tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.

Second-year defensive end Elijah Williams added five saves, three tackles for loss and a sack.

“It’s very important to show the teams what we’re made of so they know we’re not coming to play,” Williams said. “We are here to win the MEAC.”

The 37-point outburst in the first half was Morgan State’s biggest in the opening frame since Sept. 19, 2015, when that team racked up 47 points en route to an eventual 61-0 shutout of Virginia- Lynchburg. The 44 points overall was the highest since Nov. 17, 2018, when this team came away with a 44-27 win over Norfolk State.

The Bears will open MEAC action when they host Norfolk State at Hughes Stadium on October 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will mark Morgan State’s homecoming.

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