by: Rick Jackson & Juamarley Miller

This past weekend the Delaware State University Hornets showed little resilience as they were defeated on their home turf by South Carolina State, 34-7. DSU received the ball first and after just four plays, were forced to punt as they were backed up to their own end zone.

QB Gil Rivera sets up for a pass. (Photo: Lauren Erskine)
QB Gil Rivera sets up for a pass.
After a punt by the Hornets, Bulldogs running back Dondre Brown capped off a nine play, 41 yards drive with a touchdown with just 13:25 left in the first quarter, increasing the score to 13-0. The Hornets had a tough time moving the ball, as they punted on the next 4 drives down the field.

Head Coach Kenny Carter told the media athletic department, “You can’t have situations where you do what we did as far as punting the football. There wasn’t a protection breakdown, there was an operation breakdown. I have to find out what is going on with my punter. It is inexcusable, it just can’t happen.”

This would become symbolic of how the rest of the game would unfold as the Hornets would not score until 5:01 left in third quarter on an 8-yard pass from Gil Rivera to Malik Golson. The offensive line for DSU continued its struggles as they allowed backup quarterback Gil Rivera to be sacked five times. Even in the midst of their struggles the team does not waiver from what they set out to do.

Senior Malik Golson with the ball in between plays. (Photo: Lauren Erskine)
Senior Malik Golson with the ball in between plays. (Photo: Lauren Erskine)

Senior wide receiver Malik Golson told the athletic department, “We never go away from our game plan. We just try to settle down and get everybody on the same page and just do their job. Everybody just has to do their job. But we never move away from our game plan.”(Malik Golson had 4 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown).

The game officially ended with a score of 34-7.
The Bulldogs record went to 4-3 but the Hornets dropped to 0-7.
Next week the Hornets face Bethune-Cookman in hopes of getting their first win dating all the way back to last season.

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