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Gallaudet grounded by Shipbuilders on the road

Gallaudet football running back RJ Randle rushes the ball down the field.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Gallaudet University jumped out to an early lead on the Apprentice School here Saturday afternoon but the final 39 minutes were controlled by the Shipbuilders as the host won 49-13 before a crowd of 280.

Gallaudet's defense stepped up on the first possession and forced a three-and-out. The Bison (0-2) received great field position after a 27-yard punt return by freshman Austin Sliva-Wynne (Rosenberg, Texas) as GU began on the Apprentice 30.

The Bison rushing attack went to work behind sophomore slot Cassmeir Hutchinson (Chesapeake, Va.), who was making a return trip to the Tidewater region. Hutchinson broke off runs of 14 and 12 yards to pick up Gallaudet first downs. Junior superback RJ Randle (McCalla, Ala.) ended the drive with a three-yard touchdown run at the 12:06 mark. Sophomore Mitchell Dolinar (Las Vegas, Nev.) missed the extra-point attempt as Gallaudet led 6-0.

Apprentice (2-0) responded with a 60-yard drive on five plays that ended with a Mason Tatum 43-yard touchdown pass to Cruyff Fleurine (seven receptions, 92 yards). Shipbuilder kicker Jeremiah Morgan got the extra-point as Apprentice led 7-6.

Tatum finished the game 21-for-38 for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Morgan made 5 of 7 point after attempts.

The score remained the same until the start of the second quarter.

On Gallaudet's second possession of the quarter, Randle rumbled 66 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Sophomore Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif.) came on and converted the extra-point kick as the Bison regained the lead, 13-7.

GU got backed up to its own 2 yard line on the next possession. The Apprentice defense came after the Bison and tackled Damonte Bray (Clinton, Md.) in the end zone for a team safety. 

The Shipbuilders added two more scores to take a 22-13 lead into halftime. 

In the second half, Apprentice's defense held Gallaudet to negative 19 yards on the first four possessions as the Bison were forced to punt. 

Gallaudet punter Nicholas Maccini (San Diego, Calif.) stayed busy as he punted five times in the second half as the Bison offense was held to just 16 yards on seven possessions. GU turned the ball over three times on fumbles in the game. 

Apprentice running back Trevon Hatch (22 carries, 112 yards) scored two touchdowns, including the last score of the game with 2:17 left on a 1-yard run. 

Randle led the Bison offense with 97 yards rushing on nine carries. Hutchinson was held to 23 yards on seven carries. 

Bison sophomore quarterback Lance Wood (Fishers, Ind.) finished the game 3-for-11 for 47 yards and rushed nine times for negative 18 yards. 

Junior linebackers Mason Gooch (Mount Sterling, Ky.) and Rodney Burford Jr. (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Bison defense with seven tackles each. 


  • Gallaudet compiled 205 offensive yards (158 rushing yards)
  • The Bison had the ball for 25:17
  • Maccini had seven punts for 247 yards (35.3 average) with a long of 53
  • Two of Maccini's punt ended up inside the 20
  • Apprentice racked up 448 yards of offense (205 on the ground)
  • GU quarterbacks got sacked four times for a loss of 24 yards
  • The two teams combined to go 6-for-6 in the red zone
  • Gallaudet and Apprentice were supposed to face each other last season but that game got canceled due to Hurricane Florence
  • Apprentice is coached by former Gallaudet assistant coach John Davis

Gallaudet returns home to host Greensboro College (0-2) on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m.