Defensive back, Dontra Matthews 6-3, 190 (Leesburg High School, Palatka Florida) lead
the defensive charge with 6 tackles 4 solo, 2 interceptions, and 3 pass break-ups.
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Jackets In College: Dontra Matthews
Virginia University of Lynchburg falls to
Sports Information Dept.
Virginia University of Lynchburg
October 7, 2012
VUL Dontra’ Matthews (Leesburg, FL) recorded two interceptions in a 20-7 loss suffered by the
hands of Concordia Selma Saturday, October 06 in Selma, AL.
The Dragons looked to keep the momentum flowing from last week after winning their first game of the
season versus Southern Virginia University. This week VUL’s offense struggled to score with Concordia-
Selma intercepting quarterback Tyler Harris three times. The Dragons defense played tough through out
forcing three turnovers themselves. Two of them coming by way of interception by junior defensive back
On Concordia’s second possession of the game Matthews stepped in front of Hornets quarterback, Keith
Ray pass and intercepted the ball on the VUL’s own thirty yard line. Midway through the return Matthews
felt he was about to get tackled and pitched the ball back to his defensive counter part junior, Keith Lewis
(Chicago, IL) who returned the ball 70 yards for a defensive score in the first quarter giving the Dragons
an early 7-0 lead over the Hornets.
Concordia offensive wasn’t phased by the early game turnover as they marched down the field on the
very next drive to score on a three yard touchdown run by running back Terrell Edwards-May. Kicker
Javontae Furlow would later miss the extra point attempt. The Dragons remained in front 7-6.
Half way through the second quarter Concordia forced their first turnover of the game intercepting true-
freshman quarterback, Tyler Harris setting there offense up with great field position. The Hornets offense
took advantage of the field position, scoring ten plays later on a two yard touchdown run. With 1:13
remaining in the half Concordia had a small lead over the VUL 13-7. They would take this lead into the
Concordia came out in the second half keeping there offensive rhythm from the first half scoring on their
second possession of the in the third quarter with an three yard touchdown run, giving the Hornets a 13
point lead over the Dragons. VUL’s offense tried to answer back with a drive of their own but quarterback,
Tyler Harris couldn’t get his rhythm throwing his second interception of the game just minutes into the
second half. The Dragons would respond quickly with a turnover of their own. Two plays later defensive
back Dontra’ Matthews intercepted his second pass of the game. VUL’s defense continued to give their
offense hope coming up with three big time turnovers. The Dragons just wasn’t able to take advantage of
all the extra possessions there defense provided.
Defensively, the Dragons held Concordia to an average of 2.6 yards per rush on 46 attempts with three
turnovers, two interceptions and one fumble. One time defensive player of the week linebacker, Andre
Barrington (Federal Way, WA) had a game-high 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Sophomore defensive
back, Breon Washington (Chesterfield, VA) lead the secondary with 9 tackles with one being for a loss.
Defensive back, Dontra Matthews lead the defensive charge with 6 tackles 4 solo, 2 interceptions, and 3
pass break-ups. Winning the battle in the trenches was true-freshman LaKendrick Ross (Portsmouth, VA)
he pitched in with 7 tackles also.
Offensively, sophomore running back Macha Shinhoster (Miami, FL) finished the game with 114 all
purpose yards. Shinhoster led the team in both receiving and rushing yardage, with 62 yards in the air
and 52 yards on the ground.
Kicker/Punter, Chris Vasquez helped the Dragons in the field position battle punting the ball 6 times for an
average of 37.5 yards per punt.
(1-4) VUL football team will return to the gridiron Saturday, Oct. 13th when they face nationally ranked
division III opponent (4-1) Wesley College in Dover, DE. It will be the Wolverines homecoming and the
Dragons of VUL looks to spoil their plans.