WEST LONG BRANCH: Three TDs in the first quarter set the tone for a 41-14 win for the Monmouth University Hawks over a Big South conference foe Gardner-Webb on Veterans Day at Kessler Field.
The G-W Running Bulldogs played with heart but the Hawks had their way as QB Kenji Bahar tossed for 4 touchdowns, three in the first half. Running Back Devel Jones began the scoring with a one-yard plunge on MU's first possession and a Matt Mosquera kick made it 7 on the score board.
The Bulldogs put 7 on the board in the second quarter with a pass TD by Jonathan Blackman form GWU QB Tyrell Maxwell late in the second, after Hawks Reggie White scored on a 14 yarder from Bahar.
27-7 at half time.
White caught another in the third quarter and Michael Jolly in the fourth to cap the 41 points game winner. For the Bulldogs a late fourth TD with about 2 minutes ended the scoring overall as MU ran out the clock.
The cold temperature may have held down attendance even as a bright sun helped somewhat. The stalwart fans enjoyed the victory.
Hawks mascot Shadow keeps fans young and older smiling. MU" s cheering teams kept warm with tassels action.
The crowd was down a lot from the 4200 a week ago against Presbyterian U. The last game and shot at a Big South championship is on the line at next week's away game at Kennesaw St. in Georgia. The KSU Owls beat Charleston Southern 38-0 on Saturday.
Braving the cold at the ready just in case was the West Long Branch First Aiders with PDs from WLB plus Long Branch and Ocean Township covering the game as well.