Hawks stay step ahead in winning season opener

Jalen Griffin led the Quincy University football team with 85 yards rushing and one touchdown in a 38-8 victory over Central State in Wilberforce, Ohio. | Photo courtesy QU Athletics
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 8, 2019 12:10 am Updated: Sep. 9, 2019 12:27 am

WILBERFORCE, Ohio -- It didn't take long for the Quincy University football players to see the Central State defense was a step behind.

"Within the first two drives, we noticed the tempo was something they weren't ready for," QU right guard Austin Reiter said. "It's our offense. It's our tempo."

The Hawks kept the tempo high from start to finish Saturday.

Quincy ran 91 plays, churned out 30 first downs and piled up 526 yards of total offense in opening the season with a 38-8 victory at McPherson Stadium. It marks the most total yards in a single game since piling up 589 yards against William Jewell during the 2016 season.

"This offense is completely built around staying in rhythm," QU coach Gary Bass said. "We have to establish the rhythm and we have to keep playing. The longer we go, the better it is.

"You can definitely see it having an impact on their defense. They were not prepared in any way, shape or form for the pace at which we were going to play. They were done."

The Hawks drove 65 yards on nine plays and needed just 2 minutes, 22 seconds on the game's opening possession for senior quarterback Andrew Rund to connect with tight end Beau Kaffka on a 6-yard scoring pass.

The defense wasted no time getting the ball back.

The Hawks forced the Marauders to go three-and-out with defensive end Marcell Scott sacking Central State quarterback Frank Cocioon on second and 10 and linebacker Sam Mock sniffing out a screen pass on third and long for only a 1-yard gain.

"We made sure we ran to the ball on every single play and caused havoc on people," said Mock, who had four tackles and two tackles for loss. "As a defense, everyone needs to run to the ball. That's the mentality we have to have. Everyone should be trying to make a tackle on every single play."

The Hawks had 20 different defenders make at least one tackle and combine for 12 tackles for loss.

"I thought we played every snap like it was our last," Mock said. "We had mistakes, but we made up for our mistakes by running to the ball and bringing that juice on every single play."

It continually gave the Hawks possession in good field position. QU started 10 of its 11 drives outside its own 25-yard line and each of the six scoring drives started outside the 30-yard line.

Junior running back Oscee Calhoun gave the Hawks a 12-0 lead with a 4-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter and punctuated the first half with a 1-yard touchdown run with seven seconds left in the second quarter. Redshirt freshman running back Jalen Griffin sandwiched a 1-yard TD run between Calhoun's scores.

Marlin Washington and Carlton Stamp each hauled in a touchdown pass in the second half as the Hawks led 32-0 before allowing a late score.

Quincy rushed for 228 yards with Griffin picking up 85 yards on 16 carries and Calhoun with 47 yards on 13 carries. Freshman running back Keenan Hailey had 64 yards on 10 carries.

Rund completed 27 of 42 passes for 265 yards and was not sacked. Paul Sullivan had seven catches for 62 yards and Kaffka had six catches for 50 yards.

"The energy we had was great," Reiter said. "It's the first time in a very long time I could feel we maintained that energy and had energy for all four quarters. We always had the juice."

Quincy 38, Central State 8


30 First downs 16

45-228 Rushing 37-84

298 Passing 241

526 Total yards 325

30-46-0 Comp-Att-Int 16-31-1

0-0 Fumbles-lost 1-0

10-99 Penalties-yards 9-142

Quincy 12 14 6 6 -- 38

Central State 0 0 0 8 -- 8

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

QU -- Beau Kaffka 6 pass from Andrew Rund (run failed), 12:38

QU -- Oscee Calhoun 4 run (run failed), 3:31

Second Quarter

QU -- Jalen Griffin 1 run (pass failed), 12:21

QU -- Calhoun 1 run (Griffin run), 0:07

Third Quarter

QU -- Marlin Washington 10 pass from Rund (run failed), 11:14

Fourth Quarter

CSU -- Williams 5 run (Saffold run), 3:35

QU -- Carlton Stamp 15 pass from Trey Mosley (pass failed), 2:20


RUSHING -- Quincy, Jalen Griffin 16-85, Keenan Hailey 10-64, Oscee Calhoun 13-47, Andrew Rund 3-34, Darries Rainey 2-6, Trey Mosley 1-8. Central State, Saffold 24-68, Williams 5-25, TiShaun Gunter 1-6, Alex Stewart 1-(-3), Frank Cocio 6-(-12).

PASSING -- Quincy, Rund 27-42-0-265, Mosley 3-4-0-33. Central State, Williams 3-6-0-130, Cocio 13-25-1-111.

RECEIVING -- Quincy, Paul Sullivan 7-62, Carlton Stamp 3-50, Beau Kaffka 6-50, Brandon Gaston 4-47, Marlin Washington 2-44, La'Darius Burrows 2-13, Braden Lowery 2-10, Chris Poindexter 1-9, Calhoun 1-5, Melvin Brock 1-5, Hailey 1-3. Central State, Delane Brown II 5-87, Grayson Green 1-54, Der. Williams 3-40, Saffold 5-36, Tyree Roberson 1-20, Curtis Jones 1-4.