Offense Aplenty For Canes In 49-35 Homecoming Victory

Louisburg (October 27, 2018) – The Louisburg Hurricanes football team ran its current winning streak to five games on Saturday after a 49-35 homecoming victory over Hocking College (Ohio). With the win, the Hurricanes are now 5-2 with two regular season games left on their schedule.

EJ Harris led Louisburg as they grounded out 359 net rushing yards. Harris ran 14 times for 116 yards and scored the game's first points on a 48-yard touchdown run less than two minutes into the contest. The Hawks (1-7) responded with a touchdown midway through the first quarter and the two teams moved into the second tied at 7-7.

In the second quarter, linebacker Costello Bussey scooped a loose fumble and 92 yards later scored the Hurricanes' second touchdown of the game. After that, the two teams alternated scores and went into the locker room with Louisburg up, 28-21. 

In the third, the Hurricanes immediately put some distance on the Hawks as Elijah Rice returned the second-half opening kickoff 74 yards for a score. A touchdown run from JacobiEmery followed by a Nathan Harden touchdown strike to Makaius Brewer had Louisburg up, 49-21. A kickoff return by the Hawks to close the third got them within 21, and a second touchdown midway through the forth set the final score at 49-35.

On the afternoon, the Hurricanes were 9/14 on third down conversions, 1/1 on fourth down attempts, and scored on three out of four visits to the red zone. 

Hurricanes Notes:

• In addition to throwing for a score, quarterback Nathan Harden added a 46-yard TD run late in the first half. The dual-threat quarterback had 74 rushing yards for Louisburg, second only to Harris. 
• Prentice Murphy led the Hurricanes with 13 total tackles, including a sack.
• Kicker Vincent Burlingame went 7/7 on PATs and was 0/2 on field goal attempts of 39 and 51 yards.
• Freshman linebacker Abrion Pearson registered a sack and four tackles for Louisburg, while Marco Depaz and BrianSmith were each credited with 3.5 stops.

Next Up: The Hurricanes will face ASA New York (4-2) at a neutral site on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.