WILBERFORCE, Ohio – After capturing the lead with 4:59 left in the second quarter, the Wildcats defense lit the fuse to pull away Saturday afternoon. The Fort Valley State defense forced back-to-back fumbles and returned both for identical 68-yard touchdowns and the offense scored eight touchdowns and a pair of field goals in a point explosion of a 77-34 football victory over Central State.
Following a Marlon Fleming two-yard plunge to retake a 25-20 lead, the Wildcats (4-2/2-0 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference East) Kentron James picked up a fumble from the grass on the second Marauders (2-4/1-1 SIAC West) play of the ensuing drive for the touchdown. It was déjà vu as Aaron Dore repeated the same 68-yard fumble return feat and turned the tide for good in a matter of 2:09 leading into the half ahead 37-20.
FVSU quarterback Slade Jarman engineered a 64-yard touchdown drive on the second half's first possession when he hit Shemar Bridges from 18 yards for a 45-20 margin 2:04 into the third quarter. The Wildcats offense scored five touchdowns and a 32-yard Eli Mashburn field goal in six second-half possessions to keep the Marauders at bay.
The Wildcats posted their fourth win in a row, tying the longest such streak under head coach Kevin Porter, and second winning run of four consecutive since Oct. 7 through 28 games of the 2017 season. https://fvsusports.com/news/2019/10/12/football-wildcats-two-fumble-return-touchdowns-ignite-point-explosion-over-marauders.aspx