HAMPTON- Old Dominion rattled off 31 unanswered points and held Hampton to just one touchdown score in the Football Monarchs' 45-7 victory over the Pirates in a rain shorten game on Saturday night at Armstrong Stadium.
The win improves the Monarchs to 2-0 on the year, while the Pirates fall to 0-2 overall. The game was called in the fourth quarter with 11:43 remaining as inclement weather entered the area.
Old Dominion went up 14-0 by the end of the first quarter on a touchdown run by Tyree Lee in the Monarchs' opening drive and followed on its next possession with a four-yard touchdown reception by Blair Roberts. Hampton got onto the scoreboard with 11:34 in the second quarter with Jeremiah Schwartz punching the ball into the end zone. However, the Pirates would never get any closer than 14-7.
The Monarchs captured another pair of scores before the half going into the intermission ahead 28-7. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke connected on a 40-yard pass to Larry Pinkard with just under five minutes remaining in the second quarter and Angus Harper helped close out the half on an 11-yard run over the end line.
Pinkard's touchdown was set up by Dominique Guinn-Bailey as he recovered a fumble on the Monarchs' 44 and three plays later ODU was in the end zone. Harper's touchdown was set up as the Monarch defense prevented the Pirates from scoring on fourth and five at the ODU's own seven and returning possession back to the Monarchs.
ODU put up 21 more points in the third quarter. The quarter kicked off with Mayers scoring on a 15-yard pass from Heinicke and two plays later John Darr intercepted the ball at the Pirate's nine-yard line setting up a 35-yard Jarod Brown field goal.
The Monarchs managed to capitalize on another interception late in the third quarter. Rodney Hunter collected the turnover and Colby Goodwyn ran the ball in six plays later for the 45-7 advantage. Defensively, the Monarchs were led by Craig Wilkins with nine tackles and both Chris Burnette and Alex Aran with four tackles. Burnette's total also included a nine-yard sack. Collectively, they held the Pirates to just 28 yards rushing.