Three takeaways from football’s loss at North Alabama

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Jon Hanna offers his takeaways from RMU football’s loss to North Alabama.

By Jonathan Hanna, Editor-in-Chief

FLORENCE, Ala.– After last weekend’s homecoming win against Charleston Southern, the Robert Morris football team traveled to Florence, Alabama in an attempt to spoil the Lions’ homecoming celebrations.

Big Day for Driggers

Parker Driggers, a redshirt freshman wide receiver for North Alabama made his name known not through the air, but on the ground. The Robert Morris defense had no answer for the Brantley, Alabama native as Driggers thrashed the Colonials, running 12 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

The backbreaker, however, was when the Lions’ were facing a 1st-and-13 at their one-yard line thanks to a beautiful George Souders III punt and two North Alabama false starts. Driggers ripped through the Colonials defense en-route to a North Alabama (and Big South) record 99-yard touchdown run to put North Alabama up 21-7 with 4:48 remaining in the second half.

Another Strong Showing for Westry

Despite the 31-42 scoreline, it was a strong performance by a redshirt freshman wideout, this time for the Colonials, as James Westry racked in eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown; leading all RMU receivers.

Last week against Charleston Southern, Westry put on a show as well, catching five passes for 98 yards and 1 touchdown against the Buccaneers.

Road and Defensive Struggles

Of note for the Colonials, in their three losses on the season, the Colonials have given up point totals of 45 (@ CMU), 41 (@ North Carolina A&T) and 42 (@ North Alabama). Compared to their two wins, Robert Morris held Howard to 16 and Charleston Southern to 24.

To go along with this, the Colonials have lost their past seven road games, dating back to a 21-13 victory at Wagner back on October 19, 2019.

Luckily for the Colonials, three of their last five games to close out the season are in the confines of Joe Walton Stadium, as their only two road matchups are next week at Gardner-Webb and as they travel to West Long Branch, New Jersey on November 13 to face the Hawks of Monmouth.