There was Albany State. Then, there was Ohio Dominican.
Both couldn’t stand a chance versus the Blazers. Ohio Dominican just happened to be the latest victim, losing 48-21 at the hands of the Blazers firework show.
The Blazers amassed 587 toal yards through the air and 260 yards on the ground. Passing was the sentence, running was the exclamation point. Five different Blazers scored rushing touchdowns in the Saturday victory.
VSU has won 17 straight games, a new-school record. With all signs pointing in the right direction for the Blazers, here’s three major takeaways from week two.
- Lio’undre Gallimore is all-world
Gallimore, wide receiver, is the primary weapon for quarterback Rogan Wells. On Saturday, Gallimore totaled a game-high 133 receiving yards and five receptions.
Any signal caller for the Blazers could’ve thrown downfield blindfolded. Gallimore was there. He even eclipsed the century mark before half time (102 in the first half).
He ignited the crowd with some acrobatic catches and created enough separation to get to them. With 4:49 remaining in the first half, Wells launched a pass with two defenders waiting to take a lick at him. Gallimore beat his defender with about three yards of separation, using every inch of his body to stretch and haul in the catch on a dive.
It registered for a 37-yard catch, setting up running back Jamar Thompkins to seal the deal on a two-yard run and score.
Forgot to mention he scored on a 58-yard pass from quarterback Ivory Durham on the Blazer’s first offensive play. Just insane.
- Blazers can run, run, run
Scoring five touchdowns combined in a game is a plus in itself. To do it with a different player each time is rare and deserves to be acknowledged.
Seth McGill. Jamar Thompkins. Rogan Wells. Quahlin Patterson. Ivory Durham.
In that order. Once they got into the redzone, it was money most of the time. The Blazers running game averaged 6.2 yards a carry and the offensive line managed to open the holes at every opportunity.
Thompkins led the Blazers in rushing with 88 yards. McGill came in second with 64. Durham had the longest run of the day for 39 yards.
- Blazer’s defense is legit
When you think of the Blazers, your first thought would probably be that electric offense. Trust me, you aren’t alone.
But it would be a disservice to not note how well the defense has showed up on Saturday evenings. Nick Moss led the Blazers in tackles with seven. Thomas Incoom led the way with a game-high three sacks on Evan Ernst.
Once the ball was snapped, it seemed that a Blazer’s lineman or linebacker was in the backfield immediately. Incoom’s speed off the line is spectacular, which resulted in his big day.
He even forced a fumble in the backfield, but a Panther’s offensive lineman recovered.
Five Blazers secured five or more tackles. It was suffocating for Ernst and it should be that way for a lot more offenses as the Blazers enter Gulf South Conference play next Saturday.
The Blazers will continue their home stand, facing West Alabama on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Written by Prince Robinson Jr., Sports Editor. Photo courtesy of VSU Athletics.
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