The Howard Bison came up short in their final game of the season, but they made sure to go out in style, falling in an exciting 53-43 shootout to the Delaware State Hornets on Nov. 20.

Fans were treated to 13 total touchdowns, started by a 26-yard interception return by Howard’s Theodore Graham in the first quarter. Howard took a 9-0 lead before Larrone Moore’s 86-yard kickoff return put Delaware State on the board, slicing the Bison lead to 9-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Delaware State wide receiver Justin Wilson and quarterback Anthony Glaud then took over the second quarter as their own personal showcase, hooking up for three scores in the period. The two connected on strikes of 34, 24 and 26 yards as the Hornets took a 29-16 lead into halftime.

Glaud returned from the half to find Donnell Dixon on a 28-yard touchdown on the Hornets’ opening series to make it 36-16 early in the third quarter. By the time Glaud exited the contest in the beginning of the fourth quarter, the senior had already thrown for 351 yards and four scores.

Howard staged one last push in the final period, scoring three touchdowns in the final nine minutes to give them their highest scoring game of the season, but ultimately another defeat. Howard dropped its sixth straight game and will finish last in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) for the third consecutive season. Howard (1-10, 0-8) hasn’t won a MEAC game since 2007. Howard has won just four games since their 4-7 finish in 2007.

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO