WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University football team rewrote the school record book here Saturday afternoon with a 73-23 thrashing of Anna Maria College before 473 at Hotchkiss Field. The win is the first for Gallaudet this season and its first Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) win this year.
Gallaudet (1-4, 1-1 ECFC) set numerous team records to go with many individual and personal best marks. The Bison racked up 939 all-purpose yards, tallied 765 offensive yards, ran for 716 yards, scored 11 touchdowns which includes 10 rushing touchdowns and scored 73 points. All marks are new program records during the modern era of Gallaudet football.
The Bison rushing attack wasted little time, on many of their possessions, as the quick-strike offense scored in less than a minute on seven of the 10 rushing touchdown drives.
GU put up video game-like numbers in the first half with more program records as it scored 48 points, compiled 512 offensive yards and ran for 372 yards (27 carries) in just 11 minutes.
Sophomore quarterback Timel Benton (Columbia, S.C.) ran for 128 yards on four carries and scored two touchdowns (57- and 62-yard runs) in the opening half. Benton completed 2 of 5 passes for 46 yards before he was lifted in the second half. Senior Joell Dixon (Brandywine, Md.) had a chance to set a program record with a 99-yard touchdown run but he was flagged for showboating the final few yards before getting into the end zone. The play was called back to the Anna Maria 20-yard line where, two plays later, freshman Darrion Green (DeSoto, Texas) scored on a 14-yard run as GU led 27-10 early in the second.
Sophomore super back Canton Meadows (Yukon, Okla.) had a strong first half as he ran nine times for 84 yards and three touchdowns. Meadows scored the game's first, second and seventh touchdown in the first 22 minutes of play. Meadows third and final score came on a 25-yard run up the middle as the Bison lead grew to 31, 41-10.
Anna Maria (0-5, 0-2 ECFC) scored a touchdown right before the half when Arondae Washington ran in from three yards out to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive. Gallaudet marched into the break up 48-17.
In the second half, sophomore quarterback Jake Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) spelled Benton and picked up where the Bison left off. On his first play under center, Bonheyo ran 45 yards for a touchdown. On the next two Gallaudet possessions, Bonheyo scored from 36 and 47 yards out as the Bison led 67-17 midway through the third quarter. Bonheyo finished the game with four carries for a game-high 131 rushing yards.
Gallaudet's defense had three interceptions and recovered one fumble in the third quarter alone. Freshman strong safety Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.) picked off Jayson Wallace's throw at the Gallaudet 5 and returned it 95 yards for the touchdown as Gallaudet led 73-17 at the 3:53 mark in the third. Gray's 95-yard interception return for a touchdown is tied for the second longest in program history with Neal DiMarco (9/9/2011 vs. Catholic).
The Bison scored 39 points off Anna Maria turnovers (three fumbles, three interceptions).
GU's defense held Anna Maria to only 79 rushing yards on 36 carries and forced five punts which included four straight as the AMCATS went three-and-out in the second quarter. The highlight for the Bison defense was denying the AMCATS the end zone after they got 1st and goal from the Gallaudet 1 late in the first quarter. Four straight rushes, up the middle, were stuffed by the Bison defense led by a trio of linebackers Tristan Boren (Fair Oaks, Calif.), Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) and Tony Libit (Deerbrook, Wis.). The Bison scored four plays later to completely sway the momentum in GU's favor up 27-10.
AMCAT quarterback Emmanuel Leake finished the game 16 of 32 for 318 passing yards one touchdown, two interceptions and ran 14 times for five yards and four fumbles (two lost). Wide receiver Trai Weaver caught eight passes for a game best 177 yards and one touchdown.
- Sophomore kicker Jacob Guertler (Staunton, Va.) made 7 of 8 extra-point attempts
- Senior kicker Katie Bigelow (Flushing, Mich.) saw her first game action this season and had two extra-point attempts blocked
- Dixon finished the game with five rushes for a career-high 175 yards.
- Akuffo led the Bison defense with nine tackles, one forced fumble and one interception
- Gray has three interceptions this season
- GU made three interceptions for 111 return yards
- The third interception was made by junior Rashard Witherspoon (Brownsville, Tenn.)
- The Bison had 10 tackles for a loss of 34 yards and three sacks for a loss of 22 yards
- Gallaudet only had to punt one time
- The Bison emptied the bench as 63 players got in the game
- Gallaudet finished the game with 24 minutes of time of possession
- Gallaudet's 1913 team still holds the point record with a 103-0 win over Baltimore City College
Gallaudet will hit the road and face conference newcomer Alfred State College (0-5, 0-2 ECFC) on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.