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30-Point Second Quarter Leads Duquesne to Rout of Wagner, 44-0

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Duquesne routed Wagner, 44-0, in Staten Island N.Y. to close out its season. The Dukes finished the season 7-3 and were 5-2 in the NEC. The Dukes started the game slow against winless Wagner, but they took off in the second quarter with 30 points scored.

On the first play of the second quarter, Darius Perrantes completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cyrus Holder to put the Dukes up 7-0. On the Dukes’ next possession, Perrantes connected to Holder for a 43-yard touchdown to enhance Duquesne’s lead to 13-0 with 9:57 remaining in the second quarter. The extra point was missed by Brian Bruzdewicz.

Midway through the second quarter, Wagner got stuffed by the Dukes on a fourth-and-1 run and turned the ball over on downs. It was the second consecutive drive that Wagner failed to convert on a fourth-and-short situation.

The Dukes took advantage of the great field position, and a few plays later, freshman running back Billy Lucas rushed for a 28-yard touchdown to give Duquesne a 20-0 lead. It was the third consecutive touchdown drive by the Dukes after being shut out in the first quarter.

Late in the second quarter, Wagner had a bad snap on a punt, and punter Nathan Lobred got tackled at the 2-yard line by Trey King. On the next play, Perrantes completed to tight end Bill O’Malley for a touchdown to give the Dukes a commanding 27-0 lead with 3:35 remaining in the first half.

Bruzdewicz kicked a 26-yard field goal with 18 seconds left, and the Dukes went into the half with a 30-0 lead. Duquesne scored on five straight possessions after not scoring any points in the first quarter.

The Dukes continued to dominate defensively in the second half, as Wagner just couldn’t sustain anything offensively. After a failed fake punt attempt by Wagner midway through the third quarter, Perrantes completed a 36-yard pass to Holder, and two plays later, running back Garrett Owens rushed for a 10-yard touchdown to give the Dukes a 37-0 lead with 5:10 left in the third quarter.

Two possessions later, Owens found the end zone again on a 5-yard rushing touchdown to put the Dukes up 44-0 with 10:15 remaining in the fourth quarter. Owens went over 100 yards rushing on the scoring drive.

Owens finished the game with 119 yards rushing on 12 carries (9.9 average) and two touchdowns. Lucas also rushed over 100 yards, recording 105 yards on 16 carries (6.6 average) and a touchdown.

Perrantes completed 16 of 24 passes for 241 yards and had a 3-1 touchdown-interception ratio. Two of Perrantes’ touchdown passes went to Holder, who had six receptions for 125 yards, an average of 20.8 yards per reception. Defensive lineman AJ Garson had a standout performance for the Dukes with 11 total tackles, eight of which were solos and 3.5 sacks.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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