West Long Branch:The Monmouth University Hawks, in the first home game at Kessler Field defeated the Hampton Pirates by twice the visitors' score, 56 to 28 with 44 of the MU points coming in the second and third quarters.
The nearly 3100 attendees saw the visitors jump off to a high powered scoring as Pirates wide receiver Ronald Bell took a 32 yard pass from QB Delmon Williams. The Pirates scored again when Delmon tossed to fast footed Antonio Graham, a 70 yard pass play to give a 14 - 0 score.
Monmouth came to task as running back Devell Jones rammed his way through a tight Pirates defense to score. The quarter ended 14-7.
Things turned around in 2Q as Pete Guerriero broke visitor line, with good blocking by his mates and a 28 yard score. The Hawks went high gear and made five TDs in Q2 and Q3 before a Hampton score. The Hawks went for two more TDs and the Pirates got one more to end it all 56-28.
Rain held off and clouds kept temps cool much of the game. It was Military and First Responder Appreciation Day and the flag salute and anthem were included it that celebration. Coach Kevin Callahan was with the team as it streamed on to the field with the banner and from under the image of the huge Hawks entrance symbol.
Among the attendees were many loyal Hawks cheerers including President Grey Dimenna and wife Nancy. WOTS caught them on camera as he cheered and waved with the second Hawks score.
It was the sixth game since the 2018 opening of Kessler Field and the game continued the 5 game win streak at home from 2018. Sportsmanship and respect showed through clearly as the two teams met and shook hands for a hard played competition.