APSU football kicked off the 2019-2020 season against the North Carolina Central Eagles this past Thursday, Aug. 29 at Fortea Stadium.
This game was the first Thursday home game since October of 2013 against Eastern Illinois.
Under new head coach Mark Hudspeth the Govs managed to take a dominating win against the Eagles.
“If we continue working and growing together, we can build something special,” says Coach Hudspeth.
Starting the game off All-American Kentel Williams got first down for 17-yards.
NCC was able to complete 43 yards but ran out of bounds by Isiah Norman.
The first 3 points of the game were scored by NCC with a field goal.
The Govs didn’t let that stop their momentum with a great play from Jermeriah Oatsvall a 59-yard drive that hit Wilson from 25 yards out for six.
“ Finish the game, every game,” says wide receiver DeAngelo Wilson.
Wilson ran to the end zone with the first touch down of the game.
The top-ranked WR notched touchdown receptions of 25, 40 and 29 yards.
Wilson also managed to roll up all six catches for 106 yards in the first half.
With a clean field goal from Logan Birchfield Governors took the lead 7-3.
Govs didn’t stop there as Wilson racked up 2 more touchdowns with 4:11 left in the game for 29 yards (24-3).
In the second half, Birchfield finished a career-long 49-yard field goal and Ahmaad Tanner plunged in the last of his 12 carries for 66 yards into the end zone for a touchdown to put the Govs up 41-3.
This is the first time since 2007 that the Govs have scored 40 or more points in a season opener.
The Govs did not stop there as Gov’s unstoppable defense attacked the Eagles from every which corner without any wiggle room.
Linebacker Pat Walker led the way with seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
The Eagles managed to score in the fourth quarter but they were no match for the Governors who took the win 41-10.
“Let’s get back focused, it’s only the beginning”, says Willimas.
With a win on their shoulders, Govs football will continue the season next Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 pm against Central Arkansas