Raiders fall 43-0 to Northeastern in season opener
Southern Vance allowed a 70-yard touchdown reception on the first play from scrimmage in Friday’s season opener before Northeastern rolled on to a 43-0 win.
Southern trailed the Northeastern Conference visitors from Elizabeth City 37-0 at halftime.
The Eagles tallied 322 of their 449 yards of total offense in the first half behind a prolific aerial attack.
Northeastern senior quarterback Quaymon Williams finished 16-of-24 for 253 yards and three touchdowns. He picked up all but 25 of those yards in the first half.
Travis McWilliams, a 6-foot senior, had three scoring receptions for the Eagles, who finished 11-3 last season. McWilliams had five catches for 146 yards.
Ladon Jordan led the Eagles’ rushing attack with 108 yards on nine carries.
Williams’ 18-yard connection to McWilliams with 3:03 to play in the first put the guests up by three touchdowns.
Jamar Johnson added a short rushing score in the second quarter before the highlight play of the half. Williams hit Ge’Dari Liverman in the flat and Liverman tossed it downfield to McWilliams, who converted the double pass play for a 36-yard score. The point after was blocked, leaving the score 34-0.
Qualik Shearin was one of the few bright spots for Southern. The senior running back picked up 82 yards on 14 carries.
The Raiders’ most promising drive came in the fourth quarter and included quarterback Ty-Traveon Roberts’ 40-yard pass to receiver Shawn Henderson.
But five plays later, Southern turned it over on downs at the Northeastern 20.
Roberts was held to 3-of-10 passing for 29 yards. Facing constant pressure, the explosive senior quarterback was also limited to negative rushing yards.
Southern visits Cedar Ridge next week. The Red Wolves lost 36-19 to Carrboro Friday night.
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