Football Monarchs Dominate Campbell, 41-14

September 03, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 3, 2011

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NORFOLK, Va. - Antonio Vaughan had 191 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns as Old Dominion dominated Campbell 41-14 Saturday night at S.B. Ballard Stadium.

Vaughan, in his Monarch debut, ran for 30 yards, picked up 97 yards receiving, and racked up 48 yards on kick returns. He caught a 43-yard pass from Thomas DeMarco on the first play of the game, and only improved from there as he scored on a 34-yard pass reception with four minutes remaining in the second quarter and later scoring on a 30-yard run to increase the Monarchs' lead to 38-7 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

Campbell scored first on a 15-yard pass from Braden Smith to Preston Dodson, capping an opening drive that saw the Camels cover nearly 60 yards. However, ODU came right back with a seven yard TD pass from DeMarco to Kai Blanco while defensively, ODU would only allow Campbell to gain three yards on their next drive and be pushed back for negative yardage on the following drive.

Angus Harper gave ODU its first lead with an 11-yard score while Demarco added a seven yard scamper before Vaughan's first score of the night.

Vaughan's first score of the night increased ODU's lead to 28-7 which it would take into halftime.

ODU came out of halftime and tacked onto the lead with a 32-yard field goal by Jarod Brown.

On the kickoff return following Brown's field goal, Keenen Terry forced the Camels' Brandon Chandler to fumble the ball with John Darr on the recovery setting up the Monarchs at the Campbell 30. On the next play DeMarco handed off the ball to Vaughan who tore 30-yards downfield for his second touchdown of the night.

Jordan Cramer caught a three-yard from Smith to get Campbell on the board in the second half, but it would be the only other time the Camels would score.

Brown added his second field goal of the night, with a 45-yarder to complete the scoring late in the third quarter.

DeMarco finished the night 29-of-39, for 312 yards with two touchdowns through the air, and one on the ground.

Lorenzo Smith led ODU with 14 carries for 65 yards on the ground while Harper had seven catches for 58 yards.

Ronnie Cameron led the defense with nine tackles and half a sack, with Devon Simmons making seven stops for the Monarch defense, and Chad King collecting six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for resulting in the Camels losing 11 yards.

Smith completed 20-of-40 passes for the Camels, for 172 yards and two scores.


Campbell struck first in the 2011 season opener, the sixth time over the Monarchs' 23-game history. However all six times ended in victory for the Monarchs including 2010 games with Monmouth, Georgia State, and VMI, as well as 2009 contests with Jacksonville and Presbyterian.

Wide receiver Antonio Vaughan finished his Monarch debut with 191 all-purpose yards (30 rush, 97 rec., 48 kick return), the third highest total in the Monarchs' young history. Only Thomas DeMarco (224 yds. vs. N.C. Central - 2009) and Colby Goodwyn (356 yds. vs. Cal Poly - 2010) have had more. Vaughan gave ODU the 28-7 edge with 4:36 remaining in the second quarter, with his first career touchdown. He had his second touchdown on the play following a fumble forced by Keenan Terry and recovery by John Darr in the third quarter..

Kai Blanco scored the first ODU touchdown of the 2011 season. It was his third touchdown of his career. He also had scores against William & Mary and VMI last season. Other first touchdowns of the season came by Marquel Thomas in 2009 and Prentice Gill in 2010 versus Jacksonville.

Angus Harper, who scored the Monarchs' second touchdown in the first quarter, registered his first career touchdown.

Thomas DeMarco, gave ODU a 21-7 edge, with his 26th rushing touchdown of his career. The senior signal caller finished with 312 passing yards, the fourth time he has passed for 300 or more yards in a game.

Jarod Brown had a 32-yard and 45-yard field goals to improve to 13-14 all-time in field goals. His second field goal was three yards short of tying his longest - 48 at N.C. Central in last year's season finale. He was also 5-of-5 on PAT's improving to 44-of-46 all-time. The most PAT's that have sailed through the uprights for Brown was when he went 6-of-6 against Savannah State and VMI last year.

New attendance mark thanks to new seats in the loge level of the Ainslie Game Day Building. 19,818 people were in attendance to witness the Monarchs' 41-14 victory over Campbell on Saturday night.

Old Dominion improves to 2-1 in openers and 2-1 in home openers. The Monarchs also improve to 3-0 all-time vs. Campbell and 4-1 against the Pioneer League. Old Dominion also improves to 11-4 at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium