Pembroke, NC – The Glenville State Pioneer football team traveled to Pembroke, North Carolina to battle the UNC-Pembroke Braves for their last non-conference match of the season. GSC would come up on the short end by a42-34 score.
The Pioneers found themselves with a 14-0 lead with 5:24 left in the first quarter off of a Joe Mesadieu eight yard touchdown run and a one yard Darold Hughes touchdown run. The UNC-Pembroke Braves came right back and cut the deficit to seven with a Travis Daniels six yard touchdown run.
The Pioneers found the end-zone again at the 10:25 mark in the second quarter after Kareem Alexander scored on a one yard touchdown run as the Pioneers took a 21-7 lead. Right before the half the Braves found the end-zone again when Travis Daniels scored again on a one yard touchdown run, and the Pioneers maintained a 21-14. The Pioneers had a chance to put some more points on the board right before half time but Eddie McKay missed a 25 yard field goal attempt.
At the beginning of the third quarter, the Pioneers defense held the Braves to a three and out, forcing a punt, but the punt took a crazy bounce, hitting a Pioneer’s helmet and the Braves recovered the ball and went on to score making it 21-20 GSC. The Pioneers ended up blocking the PAT try after the Travis Daniels seven yard touchdown run.
The Pioneers then turned the ball over on downs, as Darold Hughes came up short on a quarterback keeper. UNC-Pembroke then took the ball and marched down the field and took the lead 27-21 on another Travis Daniels touchdown run.
The Pioneers then retook the lead when Darold Hughes connected with a streaking Antwan Stewart as Stewart took the ball 57 yards for the touchdown putting GSC up 28-27. UNC-Pembroke drove right back down the field and scored to take the lead again as Luke Charles hit a wide open Te’vell Williams on a 17 yard touchdown pass. The Braves then went for the two point conversion as Luke Charles hit Donald Britt for the conversion.
The Pioneers came back and scored on a three yard touchdown run by Darold Hughes which made it 34-35 UNC-Pembroke. Kicker Eddie McKay missed the extra point to the left as the Pioneers trailed by one.
UNC-Pembroke completed a big third and 15 and went on to score on a 12 play 64 yard drive as Damonte Terry scored from six yards out. With 00:53 left to play in the fourth quarter the Pioneers would have one last chance to tie it up. After a first down catch by Jordan Griffin to move the chains, Darold Hughes was picked off by LJ Stroman at the Pembroke 47 yard line as UNC-Pembroke and held on to the 42-34 victory.
The Pioneers were led by Joe Mesadieu on the ground as he notched 121 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. Kareem Alexander also had a good game on the ground as he carried the 19 times for 111 yards and a touchdown.
Darold Hughes went 22 for 39 for 276 yards with one touchdown pass and two rushing touchdowns and a late interception.
Hughes favorite target on the afternoon was Jakharie Murphy as he pulled in seven catches for 87 yards, while Jordan Griffin caught four balls for 41 yards. Akheem Figgs hauled in three balls for 54 yards and Antwan Stewart caught two passes for 66 yards and a touchdown catch.
Nate Ingersoll led the defense with 13 tackles while Donald Marshall racked up 12 tackles.
The Braves were lead by Travis Daniels as he rushed for 147 yards on 21 carries and four touchdowns.
Luke Charles led the passing game as he went 18 for 29 for 204 yards with a touchdown pass and an interception.
Te’vell Williams led the Braves receivers with four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown while Travis Daniels caught two passes for 35 yards.
Fred Williams led the defense with 16 tackles while Darcus Elliott finished the day with 14 tackles.
The Pioneers will take the field again next Saturday when West Liberty travels to Glenville. Kick off is set for 1:00PM.