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Shenandoah opens season with win over Methodist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Shenandoah University’s football team picked up a win in its season opener for the fifth straight season, beating Methodist, 48-33, in a non-conference game at Monarch Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets (1-0) scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in the game, which saw the homestanding Monarchs score a pair of touchdowns against SU’s reserves in the final 2:11 of the contest.

Shenandoah senior quarterback Hayden Bauserman completed 25 of 39 passes for 283 yards and an interception while throwing touchdown passes of 40, 5 and 33 yards, according to a news release from the college. The two longest of those scoring tosses went to Casey Stewart, who led SU with 73 yards receiving.

Jalen Hudson returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown to give Shenandoah a 19-6 lead with 11:41 left in the second quarter, and safety Nate Hill set a school record with a 100-yard interception return for a TD that increased the Hornets’ lead to 48-20 with 9:21 left.

Hill’s interception was one of four the Hornets snagged in the win, as sophomore Daquan Pridget picked off Monarchs quarterbacks three times, according to the release. Pridget’s first interception came on the Monarchs’ first offensive play of the game, and his second came in the end zone with SU holding a 13-6 lead in the first half. Pridget was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.

Shenandoah finished with 160 yards rushing in the win and averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Mario Wisdom led SU’s rushing attack with 80 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Rashadeen Byrd Jr. added 11 carries for 65 yards and a score.

“It’s great to be 1-0,” Hornets head coach Scott Yoder is quoted in thea news release. “It was a sloppy win but we will take it. I thought defense came up huge in first half with our backs against the wall. Mario Wisdom gave us spark running hard.”

Hudson caught six passes for 51 yards, Jake Wallace had five receptions for 64 yards and Ethan Bigbee caught a 5-yard touchdown pass.

T.J. Heflin and Tyler Williams each had seven tackles to lead the Hornets, and Hill had five tackles and two pass breakup, according to the release.

Methodist finished with 521 yards of offense, and Keoni completed 16 of 38 passes for 256 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Shenandoah returns to action in a 7 p.m. home contest Saturday against North Carolina Wesleyan, the first of five straight home games for the Hornets.

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