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Bears roll past Knights 63-18

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville Bears set a school-record in scoring as they rolled to a 63-18 win over Southern Virginia University in the regular-season opener Saturday night.

The win came in Coach Dudley Hilton’s first game as a collegiate coach after posting a state-record 345 as a high school coach. It also marked Pikeville’s first win in the regular-season opener since 2007 and ran its record to 6-2 when the season-opener is a home game.

Junior quarterback Trevor Hoskins opened the 2011 season in the same manner he played as a sophomore, when he set single-game and single-season marks for completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. He finished the win 17-of-28 for 382 yards and four touchdowns before leaving the game in the middle of the third period with a 42-3 lead.

Hoskins had touchdown passes to three targets, hitting sophomore Jordan Amis from 53 and 27 yards, senior Axxel Rivas for 52 yards and Tanner Napier from 15 before bowing out.

The Bears finished with 623 yards of total offense, getting 414 in the air and running for 209.

Pikeville got two more school records from unusual spots. After splitting time with two teammates last week, freshman Grayson Quick was a perfect 9-of-9 on PATs, setting new marks in each category.

Amis led the Bears with 124 yards on five catches, while Rivas hauled in four balls for 97 yards and junior Trey Hutchinson three for 84.

Freshman Marquis Terrell led a balanced rushing attack with 49 yards on only six carries, including a seven-yard touchdown. Senior B.J. Iverson followed with 47 yards and a 10-yard score, while freshman Danny Smith scored on his only carry, a 31-yard tote. Sophomore Akeem Bennett added a 17-yard scoring run.

Southern Virginia (0-2) netted 268 yards on the ground thanks to the efforts of freshman Jerry Washington,. Who had 103 yards on 20 carries and a three-yard touchdown run.

Four quarterbacks combined for 207 yards in the air for the Knights, with sophomore Mitch Stevenson leading the way with 19-of-37 for 181, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to junior Cameron Williams, and two interceptions.

Williams had a game-high 57 yards on three catches, while sophomore Chris Harper, who caught a two-point conversion pass, led all receivers with five catches for 42 yards.

Defensively, the Bears were led by freshman John Dudley Hilton, who started a middle linebacker and had nine tackles, eight going down as solos. Sophomore Larry West followed with seven solo tackles, one for loss and an interception.

Pikeville had eight tackles for loss, four sacks and three interceptions among its four forced turnovers.

The Bears will take the field a week from Saturday when they host Kentucky Wesleyan (0-1) at 6 p.m. at the W.C. Hambley Athletics Complex.

At halftime, the national championship men’s basketball team will receive its rings in a special ceremony. In March, the Bears won the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship with an overtime win over Mountain State University.

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