Abegesah leads VMI past Chowan 69-20

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP)—Howard Abegesah rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries to lead Virginia Military Institute to a 69-20 victory over Chowan on Saturday.

Abegesah scored on runs of 63, 4 and 2 yards as the Keydets (2-1) totaled 517 yards rushing, setting a Big South Conference record.

Chaz Jones rushed for 97 yards, including a 65-yard run, Tim Maypray had 73 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown run, and Bobby Epps added 54 yards on the ground for VMI, which averaged 9.2 yards an attempt.

Maypray also threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Daud Semalulu to give VMI a 6-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game.

Abegasah scored the first two of his touchdowns for a 20-0 first-quarter lead before Maypray scored on another big play, running 60 yards for a 27-0 lead. Abegesah capped the first half with a 2-yard run and a 34-0 lead.

Gabe Itoka scored on a 34-yard pass from Kyle Hughes and on a 9-yard run in the second half for VMI.

CJ Westler was 19 of 32 for 289 yards and three touchdowns for Chowan (1-3).

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