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Shenandoah U. football blasts NC Wesleyan, 59-21

shenandoah universityShenandoah University earned its second straight victory to start the 2018 football season with a 59-21 non-league win over North Carolina Wesleyan Saturday night before 1,121 soggy fans at Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.

Shenandoah (2-0) was a perfect 8-for-8 inside the red zone in taking out the Bishops (1-1) for the fourth time in the last five meetings.

The Hornets, who received the opening kick, led 14-0 before NCWC gained its first offensive yard and led by at least 10 points for the final 53 minutes of the game.

After the Bishops closed to within 10, 24-14 following the initial touchdown of the second half, Shenandoah scored 28 straight points to put the game away by the 10-minute mark of the fourth.

Quarterback Hayden Bauserman tied his own school record with six touchdown passes before backup Ben Agostino had one of his own on a 4th-and-goal play with just more than three minutes to play.

Bauserman was 34-of-53 for 343 yards and the six TDs and completed passes to nine different receivers. Overall, 11 men caught at least one pass as the Hornets threw for 368 yards on 37 completions in 56 attempts.

Senior Jalen Hudson had 10 receptions in the first half and finished the night with 11 catches for 109 yards and two TDs. Junior Casey Stewart also had two TD catches among his six receptions for 60 yards.

Defensively, Shenandoah gave up 434 yards, but forced NCWC to a 3-for-9 performance inside the red zone, had two interceptions and had a crucial goal line stand in the first half that kept the SU lead at 10 points.

Daquan Pridget and Tyler Williams both had eight tackles with Williams posting two for loss and one of the unit’s two picks on the night.

Trey Lancaster had 13 catches for 201 yards for the Bishops but was held out of the end zone.

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