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College Notebook: Morrast gives CNU a boost

NORTH STAFFORD GRAD STARS IN FIRST CAREER START AT QUARTERBACK

BY STEVE DeSHAZO

Due to injuries, Christopher Newport has used several quarterbacks over the past two seasons. The latest is Marcus Morrast, and he may keep the job for a while.

The sophomore from North Stafford High School ran for two touchdowns and threw for three in the Captains’ 38–31 victory over Ferrum Saturday. It marked CNU’s 14th straight USA South Conference win, dating back to 2010.

“We decided Monday that Marcus was our best option,” CNU coach Matt Kelchner told reporters after the game. “Aaron Edwards was banged up with a shoulder and ankle injury, and we just felt Marcus gave us the best shot. He really came through and had an amazing game.”

Morrast finished 6 for 9 passing for 133 yards and the three scores and ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

Junior defensive lineman Kendall Rivers (Brooke Point) made seven tackles for the Captains (3–2, 2–0), and sophomore Tyler Portell (North Stafford) had five tackles and a fumble recovery.

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Sophomore cornerback Tim Scott (Colonial Forge) had his team-high third interception of the season in North Carolina’s 48–34 win over Virginia Tech Saturday. He also made six tackles and broke up two passes.

Junior cornerback Dexter McDougle (Stafford) had six tackles and broke up a pass in Maryland’s 19–14 win over Wake Forest.

Senior linebacker Jabrel Mines (Caroline) had nine tackles, forced and recovered a fumble and broke up two passes in William & Mary’s 34–28 win over Pennsylvania. Freshman cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson (Massaponax) tied Mines for the team lead with nine stops and had two pass breakups.

Junior defensive end Kerry Wynn (Louisa) was credited with five tackles, a fumble recovery and half a sack in Richmond’s 28–17 win at Villanova.

Senior tailback Steve Strother (Eastern View) gained a season-high 78 yards on 15 carries in Southern Illinois’ 17–0 win at Illinois State, which was ranked ninth in FBS.

Junior receiver Jon Reid (Stafford) caught 10 passes for 154 yards in Clarion (Pa.)’s 41–24 loss to California (Pa.). Freshman Nick Perry (Spotsylvania) had four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Junior Joel Elliott (Chancellor) made five tackles, broke up a pass, and blocked an extra point in Denison’s 41–21 loss to Carnegie Mellon.

Freshman Ryan Samuels (Massaponax), kicked two field goals and three extra points in Louisburg (N.C.)’s 27–3 win over Monroe (N.Y).

FIELD HOCKEY

Randolph-Macon sophomore Carrie Jacobs (Orange) was named Old Dominion Athletic Conference player of the week Monday after posting a goal and an assist in each of the Yellow Jackets’ two victories. Fellow Orange alum Rachael Gardner scored the overtime game-winner in a 2–1 victory over Virginia Wesleyan Sunday. Nicole Woodworth (Eastern View) made 10 saves in goal.

Senior goaltender Sarah Fisher (James Monroe) made 14 saves, including one in a shootout, in Davidson’s 3–2 victory over visiting Longwood Friday.

Sophomore Taylor Herold (JM) scored her fourth goal of the season in seventh-ranked Penn State’s 6–2 win over California Sunday.

Betsy Joslyn (St. Margaret’s) scored on an assist from fellow junior Megan Gould (Mountain View) in Bridgewater’s 3–1 win over Roanoke Wednesday.

SOCCER

Freshman Andrew Oakes (Courtland) did all of the scoring for Randolph-Macon’s men last week, tallying their only goals in a 1–0 win over Virginia Wesleyan Monday and a 1–1 tie with Emory & Henry on Friday.

Senior Kirsty Meyer (Riverbend) netted her first goal of the year and assisted on Campbell’s other score in Saturday’s 2–1 win over Presbyterian.

Senior Zach Abaie (Stafford) picked up his second assist of the year in George Washington’s 2–1 win over Richmond Friday.

VOLLEYBALL

Junior Bianca Richardson (Colonial Forge) had a combined 21 kills as Alabama A&M went 2–0 last week.

Senior Karina Monroe (Courtland) had 14 kills and freshman Cindy Ehrich (Riverbend) had 12 digs in Chowan’s win over Bowie State.

Freshman Rachel Gallup (Courtland) had a combined 41 in Catawba’s two losses last week.

Senior Cadie Castle (Louisa) had a combined 20 kills as Bridgewater went 4–0 last week.

Steve DeShazo: 540/374-5443

sdeshazo@freelancestar.com

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