by Ben Ennis
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw State Owls (KSU) cruised to a 62-13 victory over the Alabama State Hornets in their home opener. Even though the Hornets had a season-high 314 yards of total offense that was no match for Kennesaw States’ 563 yards of total offense. Alabama State Head Coach Donald Hill-Ely said, “You definitely wanted more, I just think we played flat, stayed flat and just never recovered. We just got to get back and fix some things for conference play.” The Hornets made it to the red zone twice in the first half, but had to settle for a field goal each time.
The Owls had four scoring drives that were less than a minute. Owls’ quarterback Chandler Burks scored three rushing touchdowns, while running back Darnell Holland led all rushers with 136 yards on just three plays to include a 70-yard run. Burks was 4-for-4 passing for 95 yards and and one passing touchdown. “A lot of kids got to play tonight, KSU Head Coach Brian Bohannon said. “It’s good for them,…” said Bohannon.
KSU’s defense made the difference by forcing three turnovers and constantly pressuring Hornets quarterback Darryl Pearson Jr. The Owls defense scored 21 points off of Alabama State turnovers. The defense ended the game with 14 tackles for loss which is the most in the program history to date. Alabama State defense recovered three fumbles during the contest.
Photos: Ben Ennis