Pioneer-Football.org
PFL Wrap-Up: Sept. 4

Saturday, September 4, 2021
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

WEEK 1 SCOREBOARD

VMI 45, Davidson 24
Cal Poly 28, San Diego 17
Presbyterian 84, St. Andrews 43
James Madison 68, Morehead State 10
Indiana Wesleyan 28, Valparaiso 10
Stetson 54, Warner 14
Illinois State 49, Butler 7
Drake 45, West Virginia Wesleyan 3
Robert Morris at Dayton, canceled
Marist at Georgetown, canceled
St. Francis (Ill.) at St. Thomas, canceled

RECAPS

VMI 45, Davidson 24
LEXINGTON, Va. – Nationally-ranked VMI scored the game's first 21 points and held on to down Davidson, 45-24, in nonconference action Alumni Memorial Field. The Keydets scored twice in the final eight minutes of the first quarter when Korey Bridy scored on a 13-yard dash with 7:56 left and Seth Morgan added a two-yard touchdown run with 2:05 remaining in the quarter. Morgan then connected with Jakob Herres for an eight-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead just 32 seconds into the second quarter. Davidson scored twice before halftime, including a 28-yard run by Mark McCurdy but trailed 24-10 at halftime and would get no closer. Coy Williams rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries and scored with 3:21 left in the game.

Cal Poly 28, San Diego 17
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Mason Randall threw for a touchdown and ran for another but San Diego could not keep pace with Cal Poly in a 28-17 loss, Saturday at Torero Stadium. Randall scored the game's first touchdown when his one-yard dash capped a five-play, 65-yard drive in the first quarter. Cal Poly responded with the game's next two touchdowns, including on a 35-yard strike from Spencer Brasch to Chris Coleman, to take a 14-7 halftime lead. After San Diego kicked a field goal for the third quarter's only points, the Mustangs again hit for the game's next 14 points, Elijah Ponder giving CPU a 28-10 lead with his 75-yard interception return for a touchdown. Randall then closed the scoring with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Bennett Dondoyano just before the final horn. Randall completed 29-of-44 passes for 254 yards to lead San Diego.

Presbyterian 84, St. Andrews 43
CLINTON, S.C. – Ren Hefley set an NCAA Football Championship Subdiison record with 10 touchdown passes as Presbyterian swamped St. Andrews, 84-43, in nonconference action at Bailey Memorial Stadium. Hefley completed 38-of-50 passes for 538 yards, throwing his 10th TD pass on the first play of the fourth quarter before taking a seat. Huff followed and completed 7-of-9 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Jalyn Witcher had five catches for 156 yards and three scores – all in the first half while Matthew Rivera had eight receptions for 137 yards and two TDs.

James Madison 68, Morehead State 10
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Nationally-ranked James Madison scored 51 second-half points to down Morehead State, 68-10, Saturday at Bridgeforth Stadium. Cole Johnson completed 19-of-28 passes for 299 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Dukes. Andrew Foster connected on a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter for Morehead State but would not score again until Issiah Aguero scored to cap a 12-play, 91-yard drive with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter. Mark Pappas completed 22-of-41 passes for 243 yards for the Eagles.

Indiana Wesleyan 28, Valparaiso 10
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan scored the game's first 21 points then held on for a 28-10 victory against Valparaiso, Saturday, at Wildcat field. The Wildcats scored two rushing touchdowns and returned a punt 79 yards for a third score as they raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Valparaiso would get on the board courtesy Brian Bartholomew's 34-yard field goal early in the second quarter. However, the Beacons would only score once more when Chuck Maxwell scored from 45 yards out early in the third quarter for the game's final points.

Stetson 54, Warner 14
DeLAND, Fla. – Stetson scored 30 points in the first half and rolled to a 54-14 victory against Warner, Saturday, at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. Alex Piccirilli opened the day's scoring with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and later added a three-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter. Quarterback John Seter threw for four touchdowns as part of his 12-for-17, 185-yard outing. 

Illinois State 49, Butler 7
NORMAL, Ill. – Bryce Jefferson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as Illinois State downed Butler, 49-7, Saturday in nonconference action at Hancock Stadium. After Illinois State opened a 14-0 lead, Butler quarterback Bret Bushka scored from one-yard out to cap a 17-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 10 minutes off the second-quarter clock and narrowed the deficit to 14-7. However, Illinois State controlled the action from that point onward, scoring the game's final 35 points. Bushka completed 14-of-25 passes for 154 yards to pace Butler.

Copyright ©2021 Pioneer Football League. All Rights Reserved. Pioneer-Football.org