Jequez Ezzard
Jequez Ezzard (Courtesy of Howard University Department of Athletics)

In a contest that saw 111 points and over 1,200 total yards, Howard University dropped its season finale to Bryant, 56-55, at Greene Stadium.

Both squads moved the ball down effectively with little resistance.

Howard posted 655 total yards, including 434 through the air and 221 on the ground.

Sophomore Caylin Newton (Atlanta) wrapped up his second year with 373 passing yards and three touchdowns while tailback Dedrick Parson (Philadelphia) had 77 rushing yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the victory.

Bryant took an early 14-0 advantage until a 46-yard rushing TD by freshman Khalid Dorsey (York, Pa.) sliced the deficit in half, 14-7.

With time dwindling in the first period, senior quarterback JP Petricca (Chicago) entered the game and threw a 61-yard touchdown to Ezzard and tied the contest after one, 14-14.

Second quarter witnessed both teams scoring at will.

With under a minute left before halftime, Howard tied the game after a 11-yard TD pass from Newton to sophomore Jordan Aley (King George, Va.), 35-35.

Bryant tallied the lone goal and reclaimed the lead with a two-yard TD, 42-35.

Beginning of the final period, Bryant increased its margin to double-digits, 49-35, after a 3-yard TD by the Bulldogs’ Jean Constant.

Down, but not out, HU fought back and tied the game with a pair of TDs by Parson, 49-49, with less than five minutes remaining.

Bryant responded with its second KO return for a touchdown and regained the upper hand, thanks to the Bulldogs’ Jean Constant.

Like all season, the Bison refused to go away. With less than a minute left, Parson delivered his third rushing touchdown of the game, but the game-winning two-play conversation failed; thus, giving the Bulldogs a 56-55 victory.

Junior wideout Jequez Ezzard (College Park, Ga.) had another breakout performance, eclipsing the 1,000 receiving yard mark after posting a five catch, 211 yards and two TDs.

Defensively, redshirt freshman Jayson Robinson (Sterling, Va.) registered a team-best nine tackles (eight solo) and two pass breakups in the loss.

Howard ends its 2018 campaign 4-6 overall and 4-3 in league play.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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