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Towson Football Provides Great Experience for Family Weekend, and a Win vs. Maine

October 18, 2012

For three times this season, Towson has defended its home turf. Johnny Unitas Stadium has been packed cheering on the Tigers to victory.

This past weekend, in their contest against Maine, the “U” was filled with students and their families.

“We love coming to football games every chance we get,” said Michael Silver of Reisterstown, Maryland. “Even though we are only thirty minutes away, it is still a great reason to come visit our daughter and support the university.”

Silver’s daughter, Jessica a senior education major, said she usually comes to games with her friends, but that it is nice to attend a game with her parents.

“Games are always a lot of fun,” said Jessica. “It is nice to be able to share the experience with my family.”

Towson rolls out the red (or gold) carpet come family weekend. The university’s multitude of organizations hold events for students and their parents starting Friday afternoon.

There are dinners, performances and other fun activities. All other events pale in comparison to the main event: football.

Walking to the stadium fans were greeted with tailgates hosted by Towson as well as different tables offering insight to student life.

The sorority ZTA was collecting donations for breast cancer awareness and passing out pink ribbons and wristbands to go along with breast cancer awareness month.

As fans settled into their seats things at the “U” seemed slightly different than before.

When the Tigers run out onto the field, they are usually accompanied by smoke, flames and fireworks. This week it seemed like the display lasted much longer than usual.

“It must be family weekend,” said sophomore, Ben Price. “That lasted a full minute longer than usual it seemed like. Leave it to Towson to really go all out to impress the parents.”

Once the smoke cleared (literally) there was a game to play.

Towson was hosting the Maine Black Bears in a key CAA game for Towson who was on a two game losing streak.

Both the Tigers and Maine looked sloppy as neither team did much to take total control of the game. No one looked more sloppy than Towson junior kicker, DJ Soven.

Soven went 1-4 in field goal attempts and had some students calling for his job.

The placekicker received support from senior quarterback, Grant Enders. Enders has been the driving force behind the offense all season, and provided another stellar performance Saturday night.

Enders passed for 260 yards and threw one touchdown. He also gained 104 rushing yards. Enders produced probably the play of the game when he ran 52 yards for a touchdown, a run that included hurdling over a Maine defender.

Running back Terrance West assisted his quarterback by rushing for 98 yards and a score.

Frank Beltre and Bryton Barr each forced fumbles. Beltre knocked the ball loose twice and Barr got it out once.

The Tigers stepped up and made key plays in key moments. Including recovering Maine’s onside kick attempt.

The Tigers held on to top the Black Bears 24-19.

Towson continues their home-stand this Saturday when they host the #7 Old Dominion Monarchs.

This game will be a blackout so come on out to the “U” in your black Tigers gear and support the team.

See you at the “U”!

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