ROME, Ga. – Host Shorter (Ga.) College racked up over 300 yards rushing Saturday as it handed Union College a 41-17 loss in a Mid-South Conference interdivisional contest.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs 0-5 on the season, while the Eagles improved to 4-1 overall.
Shorter outgained Union 385-318 in total offense with 315 yards coming on the ground. The Eagles did not have a 100-yard rusher but did have three to run for over 60 yards and four over 50 yards. Eagle quarterback Drew Elrod led the team with 86 yards rushing as he completed just 3-of-4 passes for 70 yards and touchdown.
Offensively for Union, Joey Waters (McDonough, Ga.) set the all-time career completions record as he connected on 24-of-44 passes for 210 yards and one score. He now has 516 career completions, surpassing the previous mark of 496 which was held by Stanley Niece. Waters also inched closer to the 6,000-yard mark as he currently has 5,939 career passing yards.
Shawn Kelly (Owenton, Ky.) hauled in nine passes for 58 yards, vaulting him up the all-time receiving list. He slid up four spots to fourth as he now has 97 career receptions. Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) led Union's ground game with 94 yards on 24 carries.
Before the ten-minute mark in the first quarter, the Hawks drove it into the end zone on an A.J. Cooley three-yard carry, followed by a Lukas Gonzalez extra point to put Shorter ahead 7-0.
With two minutes remaining in the first, Shorter furthered their lead on another Cooley two-yard touchdown carry to start the second quarter, 14-0.
The Bulldogs' first of two touchdowns came in the second quarter on a Shorter fumble that was recovered by Union's Marekus Smith (Lithonia, Ga.), which he returned 85 yards to the end zone. The 85-yard fumble return is the longest in Bulldog history, besting a 77-yard return by Lionel Watkins against Shorter in 2005.
A little over a minute later, with 12:07 left in the half, Shorter's Fabian Daniel ran a five-yard touchdown carry to make the game, 21-7. After a Union College field goal from James Hager, Shorter scored their final points of the half on an eight-yard run from Chris Chapman, with the Hawks up 28-10.
In the third, the only points for either side came on a long 59-yard pass from Elrod to Chris Chapman, Shorter leading 35-10.
Gonzalez's two field goals in the fourth (from 27 and 30 yards) and a 11-yard touchdown pass from Waters to Chris Collopy (Manchester, Ky.) made the final 41-17.
Union returns home next weekend to entertain Cumberland (Tenn.) University at 1:30 p.m.