DURHAM — Shaw committed five turnovers on their way to a 49-35 loss to visiting Chowan Saturday afternoon at Durham County Memorial Stadium.
The Shaw defense gave up 470 yards of total offense to the Hawks, often missing key tackles in third-and-long situations.
There were some bright spots for the Bears, as the team rolled up 618 yards of total offense while the defense forced four Chowan turnovers.
The brightest spot for the Bears was likely the rushing performance of freshman Marquise Grizzle. With Antonio Dunn sidelined with an early ankle injury and James Langford also slowed by injury, Grizzle amassed 178 yards on 24 carries.
Shaw quarterback James Stallons set a Shaw record with 436 yards passing, but he also threw four interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown and two that were returned to inside the Shaw 10-yard line.
Early in the second quarter, and deep in Shaw territory, Stallons threw his first interception of the day, giving the Hawks the ball at the Shaw ten. Two plays later, Tim Hanson ran for seven yards and gave Chowan a 14-6 lead with 13 minutes, 16 seconds left in the second quarter.
After a third Shaw field goal made the score 14-9, Bryce McClain recovered a fumble by the Hawks, giving the Bears the ball at the Chowan 41. On the next play, Stallons connected with Ta’Juan Brown for a touchdown. George Mulumba converted the PAT to give Shaw a 16-14 lead.
The two teams then exchanged interceptions, leaving Chowan at the Shaw two. Ryan scored his second touchdown of the game two plays later and the Hawks reclaimed the advantage 21-16.
On the next drive, Grizzle ran for 34 yards, and Stallons threw for another 31 to lead Shaw down the field. With 2:31 left in the half, Stallons hit Marcus Hickson on a 14-yard slant to give the Bears back the lead at 23-21, which Shaw maintained going into halftime.
On the opening drive of the second half, Chowan’s David Fulton pulled in a Stallons interception and returned it 58 yards for a Chowan touchdown that gave them a 28-23 advantage.
The Hawks increased their lead to 12 points when Hanson added 19 yards and another touchdown to his total with 5:49 left in the third. The PAT gave Chowan a 35-23 lead.
Shaw answered that score quickly, with Grizzle and Stallons again combining to move the team downfield. Grizzle had a 33-yard sprint to begin the drive, while Stallons hit De’Angelo Ruffin for 51 yards to put the Bears within striking distance. Grizzle cut his way through the line and made the four-yard dash to score. The extra point try was blocked, so Shaw trailed 35-29.
As the third quarter was drawing to a close, Stallons found Hickson on a 42-yard strike for the Shaw touchdown. The extra point failed, leaving the score tied at 35 as the teams began the fourth quarter.
On the first drive of the fourth, Hanson broke a 68-yard run to give Chowan a 42-35 lead. They would add another touchdown in the final minutes of the game when Cameron Stover hit Elliot Smalls for a 13-yard completion to set the final score at 49-35.
Stallons finished his day 28 for 51 with three touchdowns. He was sacked four times. Hickson was his leading receiver, hauling in five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Bears were led by Darius Moffett, who had 10 tackles, including two for losses. He also had two interceptions, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. Oscar Petty finished the game with nine solo tackles, including a tackle for a loss. And Miguel Johnson had seven tackles.
Hanson finished with 186 yards rushing with three touchdowns. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry.
Butler 35, Campbell 14: Trae Heeter ran for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Matt Lancaster ran for two more scores and threw a touchdown pass to lead Butler past Campbell 35-14 Saturday at Indianapolis.
Kurt Odom ran for two touchdowns for Campbell (1-3). Dakota Wolf ran for 111 yards in 31 carries and was 17 of 23 for 159 passing yards for the Camels.
The Bulldogs (2-2) led 14-7 at halftime, but Lancaster’s 9-yard scoring run and Heeter’s 79-yard touchdown broke it open in the Pioneer League opener for both schools.
Lancaster, who ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, completed 15-of-21 pass attempts for 168 yards, including a 3-yard scoring pass to Dylan Johnson. Lancaster ran nine times for 61 yards while Heeter, who had a 7-yard touchdown in the first quarter, carried 21 times.