Colonials defeated by North Carolina A&T 38-14; set worst start in program history


Aggies WR Sterling Berkahlter scores a touchdown during their 38-14 over the Colonials at Joe Walton Stadium Photo credit: Hope Beatty

Alec Miller

MOON TOWNSHIP– The Colonials came into Saturday’s matchup hoping to get their first win of the year against the North Carolina A&T Aggies.

Although some bright moments for the team during the game, the first-half struggles from the Colonials on offense would be too much to erase the deficit as they fell 38-14.

Robert Morris started the game by getting a string of first downs together, but after that, the Colonials had no offense.

With Anthony Chiccitt in at starting quarterback again, the Colonials had to try and create some familiarity within the offense.

The run defense in the first half was not with it, but the second half was much better.

“More adjustments. The coaches were seeing things they weren’t seeing in the first half,” said Clark.

Gregory Young and Zach Leslie stare each other down in the 38-14 Aggie win at Joe Walton Stadium Saturday afternoon. Photo Credit: Hope Beatty

Robert Morris created a lot more quarterback pressure this game than in past games. The run defense played a lot better in the second half, forcing a few three-and-outs and creating some quarterback hits with the blitz.

The second half of the Colonials’ defense changed significantly as they held the Aggies to only eight points. The Robert Morris defense was able to create more quarterback pressure.

While the defense picked it up in the second half, the offense scored 14 points to cut a little bit into the deficit. The run offense, in particular, had a very good couple of drives.

“I think our guys just picked it up and started to play harder, Clark said. “The coaches did some self-scout stuff at halftime and made some adjustments and realized a couple of runs could break a little bit different.”

Although that changed in the second half, where they made more tackles and created a few kits for a loss.

The first and second half for the Colonials was completely night and day, but unfortunately, they could not erase the deficit in the first half.

Next up for RMU is a trip to Boone, North Carolina, to take on Appalachian State at 3:30 on Oct. 29.