The Husson University football team cruised to its fourth victory of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Gallaudet University of Washington D.C., 50-16.
Coach Gabby Price’s club (4-1) was able to take care of business in spite of standout junior tailback John Smith leaving the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Smith did have 52 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown before exiting.
Husson built a whopping 43-8 halftime lead, scoring 29 unanswered points after Gallaudet’s Carnelius Smith had returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the second quarter.
Touchdown runs by John Smith and Obie Christmas had given Husson a 14-0 lead.
Carnelius Smith’s interception return came after the Bison had fumbled a punt at the 1-yard line, which Husson recovered.
Eagles’ quarterback Cory Brandon settled in after that, following the interception with three second-quarter touchdown passes, two of which went to Robenson Saintard, covering 48 and 14 yards. Brandon also found Kadeem Edge on a 44-yard score.
Husson’s defense also contributed to the scoring surge, with Jean Gabriel returning an interception 21 yards for a touchdown.
The Eagles would limit Gallaudet (1-4) to two first downs and 14 yards of total offense in the first 30 minutes. Husson also forced four fumbles and recovered one.
Christmas added his second touchdown of the contest early in the third quarter before Husson emptied its bench. He finished his day with 45 yards on 14 carries.
Brandon finished the day 11-for-17 passing with 210 yards and his three TDs. Edge had 88 yards and a touchdown on just three receptions.
Gallaudet finally got an offensive touchdown late in the third quarter on a 91-yard pass from Antoine McKinney to Lawrence Watson.
Chuck Browne was Husson’s leading rusher with 74 yards on 12 carries. Husson rushed for 263 yards as a unit.
Gallaudet finished the game with 117 yards of total offense.