WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Dave Johnson, W&M Athletics) – To compete towards a crew like James Madison, which is ranked No. 1 within the nation for a cause, William & Mary at the least wanted to be at full power. The Tribe wasn’t even shut, and neither was the ultimate rating.
Taking part in their first sport in three weeks, the Dukes confirmed no indicators of rust in a 38-10 win Saturday at Zable Stadium. Lacking the go and run at a no-huddle tempo, Madison scored touchdowns on its first 4 possessions. William & Mary had no counter punch.
The Dukes (Four-Zero, 2-Zero CAA) completed with 460 whole yards, 278 coming within the first half. JMU was 11-of-17 on third- and fourth-down conversions, together with a 7-yard landing run on a faux discipline objective, and had 23 extra performs from scrimmage.
Offensively, W&M (1-2, 1-2) was lacking its two largest stars from final week’s 31-10 win over Elon: Quarterback Hollis Mathis, who had 251 whole yards, and operating again Malachi Imoh, who rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns.
Mathis dressed for the sport and went by warm-ups. Imoh was on the sideline in his sport jersey and shorts.
“With Hollis, it was contact and go,” W&M coach Mike London mentioned. “He was unable to throw the ball precisely or with any velocity immediately, and we simply mentioned it is not value it. I really like the younger man. He wished to play, however we’re not going to place him in that state of affairs.
“Malachi is a man who can run like a thoroughbred. And whenever you’re lower-body extremities are hampering you (from) with the ability to be as quick and explosive as it’s essential to be, it impacts the way in which you run. We did not need to put a participant on the market and make his state of affairs worse.”
Their absence had an apparent affect on the Tribe’s manufacturing.
“Two explosive guys who had been principally 90 % of our offense final week,” London mentioned. “We did not have them immediately.”
The Tribe additionally was with out operating backs Owen Wright and Donavyn Lester and huge receivers Kane Everson and Zach Burdick for the second consecutive sport.
Quarterback Ted Hefter, fifth-year senior and crew captain, made his first begin because the 2018 season. He bought off to a pleasant begin with a 28-yard completion on W&M’s first play from scrimmage. He completed 13-of-20 for 128 yards with a landing and an interception.
Minus Imoh, Wright, and Lester, the Tribe rushed for 59 yards on 27 makes an attempt. However W&M’s largest situation was on the defensive aspect, the place it was lacking starters Trey Watkins (linebacker) and Bronson Yoder (security). The Dukes had 239 yards and 28 factors after their first 4 possessions.
The Dukes’ yardage was almost break up down the center — 240 dashing, 220 passing. With prime again Percy Agyei-Overweight out, Kaelon Black crammed in with 141 yards and a landing.
Quarterback Cole Johnson, who briefly misplaced his job however bought one other probability with Gage Moloney unavailable, accomplished 16-of-22 passes for 220 yards.
“Their power is of their run sport,” London mentioned. “That is what they do — they put on you out. And whenever you deliver an additional defender down, they throw the slant sample proper behind you. They did an incredible job executing.”
On their first possession, the Dukes lined 75 yards in 13 performs. Johnson’s 6-yard landing go to Clayton Cheatham gave Madison a 7-Zero lead with 7:33 remaining within the first quarter.
After the Tribe got here up empty within the purple zone, JMU struck once more. Jawon Hamilton’s 5-yard landing run made it 14-Zero with 2:58 left within the first quarter.
It bought worse from there. Madison security Que Reed intercepted a Hefter go to arrange the Dukes’ offense on the Tribe 11-yard line. However on third-and-six, linebacker Tyler Crist batted down a go to seemingly arrange a discipline objective try.
As a substitute, the Duke pulled off an ideal faux. Holder Alex Miller scored on a 7-yard landing run to make it 21-Zero with 1:20 left within the first.
“Our alignment wasn’t the way in which it wanted to be, and so they executed and bought the landing,” London mentioned. “That was an enormous swing proper there.”