Hornets set new school record in blowout win

Hayden Bauserman

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Shenandoah University’s football team had a record-setting performance at North Carolina Wesleyan in a 61-14 non-district win Saturday night.

The Hornets’ 61 points broke the previous program record of 54 – set in a win over Chow an in 2003 – and SU rolled up 555 yards of offense on 99 plays in the victory over N.C. Wesleyan (0-2). It was the second straight game in which Shenandoah has topped 550 yards of offense to start the season, as the Hornets (2-0) had 556 – another school record – last week against Gallaudet.

Junior quarterback Hayden Bauserman was 27 of 45 passing for 334 yards, five touchdowns and one interception – he broke the previous school record for touchdown passes in a game (four) that he set in 2015 and matched twice last season – and completed passes to eight different receivers for the second straight week.

Running backs Cory Bell (114 yards rushing, one touchdown) and Mario Wisdom (94 yards, two TDs) combined to help SU pile up 221 yards on the ground in the win.

“After we moved the ball through the air on that first drive (a 7-play, 65-yard game opening drive that took just 1:54), NCWC made some changes defensively that dared us to run the ball,” Hornets head coach Scott Yoder is quoted as saying in a news release from the school.

“It took us a little bit to adjust to that, but once we did, we were very effective running the ball.”

Wisdom’s first touchdown run, a 1-yarder with 4:15 to play in the first quarter, gave Shenandoah a 13-7 lead and began a run of 41 straight points for the Hornets.

Bauserman completed touchdown passes to Michael Ashwell (five receptions for 55 yards), Dershone Hayman (four catches for team-high 84 yards), Leonard Scott (two touchdown receptions) and Matthew Lumpkin during that span as SU built a 47-7 lead in the third quarter.

Jalen Hudson, who did not play in the season opener due to an ankle injury, led Shenandoah with seven receptions for 61 yards in his season debut against N.C. Wesleyan.

Shenandoah’s defense allowed 373 yards to the Battling Bishops and limited N.C. Wesleyan quarterback Nate Gardner to 8 of 25 passing for 173 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Hornets made a goal line stand at the end of the second quarter to preserve a 30-7 lead going into halftime, and forced the Bishops into three straight three-and-outs to start the second half.

“I thought the defense bailed us out at the end of the first half and to force those three straight three-and-outs was huge,” Yoder is quoted in the release.

“We scored after each of those drives and pulled away.”

Defensively, safety Nate Hill had two interceptions for the Hornets, while linebacker Tyler Williams posted a team-high eight tackles.

Shenandoah returns to action next Saturday with a road game at Hobart College, Yoder’s alma mater, to complete its non-conference schedule.