Defense Guides Captains to Dominant Victory


After two consecutive home losses, the Captains were focused on trying to get their record back to .500. Family Weekend was also happening and they wanted to make sure that there would not be a sea of unhappy parents throughout the festivities. Fortunately for them, the energy from the sellout crowd of 6,148, the third-largest in CNU football history, made a positive impact on the field as the Captains got back to winning ways against Catholic University, improving their record to 2-2.


The Captains won the coin toss and elected to receive. Big completions to senior wide receiver Xander Jedlick as well as huge runs from running backs Colin Hart and Tyler Perry led to a 2-yard rushing touchdown from Matt Dzierski that gave the Captains an early lead.


After a three and out from Catholic, the Captains scored another touchdown to go up 14-0. While Catholic did score on their next possession to cut the lead in half, the Captains scored once again to go back up by fourteen. An interception by the Captains defense gave the CNU offense the football at Catholic’s 32 yard-line. A touchdown from freshman running back Tyler Perry put the Captains up 28-7. A missed field goal from Catholic on their final possession of the first half kept the Captains up 21 at intermission. In the first half, the Captains scored a touchdown on four of their six offensive drives.


After the break, the Captains defense continued their performance on defense by forcing a turnover on downs, giving the offense the football at their own 18 yard-line. A punt from the offense was subsequently followed by another interception by senior Josh Uvodich who returned the interception for a touchdown. Another interception from the Captains defense resulted in an eight play drive that was capped off with a field goal from senior kicker Ryan Castle, extending the Captains lead to 38-7. This was the final score in a convincing Captains win.


The Captain’s defense heavily impacted this game. They had three interceptions, one being returned for a touchdown. The defense did not allow a single fourth down conversion and made Catholic two for seven (28.5 percent) on third down conversions. The Captains pass rush was able to pressure Catholic’s offensive line, racking up six sacks throughout the game and allowing -48 rushing yards to Catholic.


Next Saturday, Christopher Newport University (2-2) will finish their homestand by beginning New Jersey Athletic Conference play against Rowan University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 PM.