Sunday, October 15, 2023

Fayetteville State Grabs Comeback Victory Over Livingstone

FAYETTEVILLE – In an exciting showdown on Saturday afternoon at Jeralds Stadium, the Fayetteville State Broncos triumphed over the Livingstone Blue Bears with a final score of 19-14. The Broncos, now boasting a 5-2 record for the season and an unblemished 5-0 mark in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play, faced off against a resilient Blue Bears squad that moved to 2-5 for the year and 2-4 in CIAA action.

The Broncos displayed their offensive prowess in a critical moment during the game, engineering a five-play, 71-yard drive that concluded with a thrilling 41-yard rushing touchdown with just 4:09 left in the match. Bryce Council led the Broncos' ground assault with an impressive 73 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, while Demari Daniels contributed 60 yards and one touchdown, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Caden Davis also made a significant impact, adding 57 yards with a remarkable 11.4 yards per carry. Treveran Goode shone in the receiving department, securing four catches for 74 yards and one touchdown.

The Broncos' defense, led by Dylan Morris, demonstrated their prowess by recording three tackles and an interception. Elijah Casey and Tyren Belcher made their presence felt with six solo tackles each, with Casey also notching 2 assisted tackles. Despite a spirited performance from Livingstone, Fayetteville State's defense held firm, conceding only 265 total yards throughout the game.

How It Unfolded

Facing an early 14-0 deficit against Livingstone, Fayetteville State made a remarkable comeback in the third quarter, narrowing the margin to 14-9. The Broncos continued to apply pressure, reducing Livingstone's lead to 14-12. The game reached its crescendo when Fayetteville State orchestrated a 41-yard touchdown run at the 4:09 mark in the fourth quarter, seizing a 19-14 lead that they managed to preserve throughout the remainder of the game.

Up Next

Both teams are at home in CIAA action next week as Fayetteville State hosts Johnson C. Smith for homecoming while Livingstone returns to Salisbury to host Shaw.\