Hampton Falls To Towson 27-7 To Finish the Season (11-19-22)
By: Lamonte Thomas
Headline Photo Credit: ENP Photography: Towsontigers.com
Saturday, November 19th would be Hampton’s last game of their first CAA season as they visited Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, MD. Towson (5-5, 3-4) looked to continue their three-game win streak while Hampton (4-6, 1-6) was trying to break a four-game skid.
After Towson’s first two first-quarter drives stalled, Junior safety Ubayd Steed (Philadelphia, PA) picked off a Hampton quarterback Malcolm Mays pass in a brilliantly executed tip drill started by Robert Javier (Bronx, NY). The two of them wreaked havoc on Hampton’s offense all day. The ensuing 6-play, 72-yard drive was capped off by a 14-yard touchdown strike along the sideline from Tyrrell Pigrome to Isaiah Perkins, the freshman from Laurel, MD. The lone score in the first quarter saw Towson ahead of Hampton 7-0.
Pigrome, the Towson Senior quarterback (Birmingham, Al) was in his groove since the end of the first, going no-huddle in his next drive in the second. The 9-play, 80-yard drive was finished by a seven-yard touchdown pass in the flat from Pigrome to senior Darian Street (Bethlehem, PA). Four minutes later Hampton would respond with a 43-yard touchdown bullseye from Mays to Jadakis Bonds (Williamston, NC) his favorite target, who scored his 10th touchdown of the season. Redshirt Sophomore Towson kicker Keegan Vaughn knocked in a 38-yard field goal in the last minute of the first half. The Thomas Jefferson High School (Richmond, VA) graduate would bring the score to 17-7 at the half, in favor of Towson. Each quarterback would trade interceptions before the half; Towson’s Steed would get his second of the half, while Hampton’s Ali Shockley (South Hill, SC) picked off Pigrome to end the half.
The second half belonged to the defense. Vaughn would make a 33-yard field goal to expand the lead to 20-7 with 6:55 left in the third quarter. The only other score in the game would occur with eight minutes left to play when Robert Javier executed a 70-yard pick-six for Towson, his second of the year. The final score read 27-7, Towson (6-5, 4-4) over Hampton (4-7, 1-7).