Football beats Dayton, heads to UNH

Mark Allen earned NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
Mark Allen earned NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.

Jack Breen | Staff Writer

Sept. 26, 2019

After a 20-point loss to Youngstown State, the Dukes managed to pull off a win at Dayton this past Saturday by a score of 35-31. This win was Duquesne’s fourth consecutive victory against the Flyers.

Mark Allen led the team in rushing with 201 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner. Allen has been named NEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his superb performance against the Flyers.

Quarterback Daniel Parr will look to follow up a solid outing after finishing with a noteworthy 81.8% (18-22) completion percentage with three total touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and zero turnovers. His 182 passing yards is a season-high for the senior.

Senior wide-receivers Kellon Taylor and Kareem Coles Jr. picked up their first touchdown receptions of the year which both came in the first half. After the defense gave up 21 points in the first half, they settled in in the second half, allowing only 10 points. Seven of Dayton’s second-half points came on a 97-yard kickoff return to begin the half.

Also on the defensive side, senior defensive back Reid Harrison-Ducros recorded his first career interception in the endzone while the match was tied at 28 with 7:23 left in the third quarter. With 1:34 left to play in the game, the Dukes’ defense came up with a big stop on fourth down as Jassir Jordan deflected the pass to give the offense the ball at their own 36, which sealed the game for Duquesne.

Following the win against Dayton, Duquesne will look to carry the momentum to New Hampshire, who will also be riding into the matchup with a head of steam after a thrilling win against Rhode Island.

The Dukes will head to Durham, New Hampshire this upcoming Saturday (9/28) to face the 1-2 Wildcats at Wildcat Stadium. The Wildcats beat Rhode Island 27-24 at home as kicker Jason Hughes kicked a 29-yard field goal through the uprights in the final seconds to seal New Hampshire’s first win of the season.

Saturday’s game for the Dukes will be their third straight on the road after playing back-to-back games in the state of Ohio. Duquesne will look to finish their three-game road streak and hope to head home with a 3-1 overall record.

Duquesne’s defense will strive to take advantage of a young quarterback, freshman Max Brosmer, who has already thrown three interceptions on the year. Brosmer originally lost the starting job to teammate Bret Edwards, but replaced Edwards in the second half of Week 1 and will start his third consecutive game against Duquesne. Brosmer threw for two touchdowns and 187 yards last weekend.

Saturday’s game will kick off at 1 p.m. The matchup marks the first-ever football game between Duquesne and New Hampshire.