Sunday, October 29, 2023

Livingstone Football Extends Winning Streak with Convincing Victory

SALISBURY – Livingstone football maintained their impressive form with a decisive 34-14 victory over St. Augustine’s Saturday afternoon. The Blue Bears have now won four of their last five games, demonstrating a remarkable resurgence, while St. Augustine’s continued to struggle, falling to a 0-9 record.

The Blue Bears set the tone for the game early in the first quarter when quarterback Brenton Hilton connected with Angel Carrillo for a seven-yard touchdown pass. This swift strike put Livingstone on the scoreboard with a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, Livingstone’s defense came into the spotlight as Osmanis Aguilera made a pivotal play, stripping the ball from St. Augustine’s quarterback during a pass play. Kobe Pringle recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown, extending Livingstone’s lead to 14-0. Late in the first half, as halftime approached, Livingstone was eager to add to their lead. Quarterback Marcus Drish displayed his skills, dropping back to pass and then scrambling to his left before finding the endzone. This extended Livingstone’s lead to 21-0 as they headed into halftime.

While St. Augustine’s managed to find the endzone in the third quarter, reducing the deficit to 21-7, Livingstone quickly responded in the fourth quarter. Marcus Drish delivered a perfectly placed pass into the back corner of the endzone, connecting with Davontay Deloatch to re-establish a three-score lead. Drish finished with 149 passing yards and a touchdown. Additionally, he added 25 yards on the ground along with another touchdown. Deloatch was the primary target for Drish, hauling in six receptions for 94 yards along with the score that put the distance between Livingston and the defense.

The game saw notable performances from St. Augustine’s players, including Anthony Archie, who led the Falcons’ rushers with 68 yards and averaged an impressive 6.8 yards per carry. Archie also added 47 receiving yards to his contribution. Meanwhile, Deandre Proctor was instrumental with five catches for 50 yards, including a touchdown.

Jamieson Alston stood out on the defensive front for St. Augustine’s, collecting six tackles and intercepting a pass. Alongside Alston, Omarion Huntley contributed significantly to the team’s efforts. Defensively, St. Augustine’s managed to hold Livingstone’s rushing attack in check, limiting the Blue Bears to just 147 yards on the ground.

Livingstone’s next challenge will see them conclude their season on Saturday, November 4, as they head to Charlotte to face Johnson C. Smith while St. Augustine’s wraps up their season against Raleigh rival Shaw.