Key scoring carries Hampton over Norfolk 35-17

Two of the largest HBCUs in the Hampton Roads area geared up for a much anticipated showdown when the Pirates of Hampton University took on Norfolk State University’s Spartans.  This years’ Battle of the Bay marked the forty-fifth meeting between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference powerhouses; the series’ overall record put the Spartans ahead of the Pirates twenty-three wins to twenty-one.  That was until the Pirates proved themselves over the weekend and defeated the Spartans 35-17 in the football face-off.

            The Pirates improved to 5-1 overall and they remain undefeated in the MEAC; after Saturday’s loss the Spartans fell to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MEAC. 

            Hampton senior and wide receiver Jeremy Gilchrist got the Pirates on the right track during the first quarter after he returned a punt for 60 yards to get the Pirates on the board.  The following quarter showed more of the same when the Pirates’ wide receiver Damon McDaniel scored off of a 70-yard pass from quarterback Herbert Bynes putting Hampton up 14-0. 

            At the beginning of the second half the Spartans turned it around when wide receiver Jamar Johnson put Norfolk State within a touchdown of the Pirates in the third quarter.  Hampton would allow the Spartans to score once more on a 28-yard field goal before the Pirates took ultimate control of the game. 

            The Pirates finished the fame with of 379 yards of total offense and 115 yards rushing.  Both Michael Swett and Herbert Bynes earned the offensive and defensive player of the game honors.