Eagles lead Savannah State at half, 28-0

Hayden Boudreaux

First Half Drive Summary


–          The Eagles won the coin toss and elected to kick to the Tigers. An incomplete pass, a sack and a short run was all they could string together and they were forced to punt.

–          Ellison got the go ahead to start for the offense. Breida and Ellison used their legs to pick up two first downs followed by a 24-yard completion to Crockett to get within scoring range.  Upshaw ran in a score from the three-yard line to get on the board first, 7-0. (10 plays, 56 yards, 5:09).

–          Savannah State was able to run one play before they lost possession on a fumble recovered by Eagle Jay Bowdry.

–          Favian Upshaw keeps it himself and displays his athleticism with a 23-yard touchdown run to increase the Eagle lead, 14-0(2 plays, 23 yards, 0:40).

–          The Tigers were able to get a first down off of a 14-yard pass, their first of the day. Eagle defensive lineman Darius Sapp ended the drive with a big sack on third down from midfield.

–          Ellison checked back into the game and completed a 26-yard pass to Malik Henry which was helped by a roughing the passer penalty to move the ball over midfield. Ellison and Fields worked together to continue moving the ball and punched in the third score of the game. Eagles led, 21-0 (9 plays, 82 yards, 3:30)


–          Savannah State picked up their second first down of the game with a pass over the middle. The Eagle defense stalled the drive at midfield and forced another punt.

–          A facemask penalty on the punt return gave the Eagles their best field position of the day. Favian Upshaw opened the drive with a deep pass that was picked off by the Tigers.

–          Despite taking a bit of momentum, the Tigers still couldn’t advance past midfield and were forced to punt.

–          A penalty on the return pinned the Eagles inside their own five-yard line. The Eagles picked away the field with a methodic running attack but were forced to punt from their own 46-yard line.

–          Savannah State picked up another first down on a quick pass to the Tiger sideline. A sack by Eligwe forced the Tigers to punt again. Wide receiver Obe Fortune was ejected on the punt due to a targeting call.

–          Upshaw was back under center for the Eagles and was able to pick up a few first downs on the ground and through the air. He finished the drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Matt Breida to extend the lead, 28-0 (10 plays, 61 yards, 4:11).