NEWPORT NEWS, VA. -- The Apprentice School football team concluded a brief two-game homestand by losing 14-3 on Saturday to Gallaudet University at a muddy Apprentice Field.
Gallaudet started the game with some trickery attempting an onside kick that Daniel Kershner recovered at the Bison 39. The Builders went for a quick strike but a pass interference call on Gallaudet helped get the Builders down to the 24. After stalling on the Bison four, freshman Blake Penix drilled a 20-yard field goal with 11:11 left for a 3-0 advantage.
Unfortunately for the hosts, that turned into the only real scoring opportunity on Saturday as the Bison kept the Builders at bay from that point on. Apprentice School did get a drive going late in the first half down to the Gallaudet 13, but a pair of losses on running plays pushed the Builders out of potential field goal range to close the half.
Gallaudet answered the Apprentice School field goal with a seven play, 65-yard scoring drive as Michael Hantge scored on an eight-yard run with 7:53 left for a 7-3 lead.
The Bison defense forced a turnover as Tony Tatum returned an interception 43 yards to the Builder 19 on the next possession. Six plays later, Phillip Hayes barelled his way in from the five for another touchdown and a 14-3 lead with 2:51 left.
Aaron Finley topped the Apprentice defense in tackles with 10, while Brock Bullock and Johnathan Jones had nine apiece. Bullock's tackles were all solo shots, while Jones added 1.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery to his nine tackles. Penix averaged 40.3 yards per punt and 52 yards per kickoff on a slick field.
The Builders hit the road to start October in Harrisonburg, Va. facing Bridgewater College in a 1 pm kickoff on October 1.