West Long Branch, N.J. – Juwon Farri rushed for 239 yards and two touchdowns, helping Monmouth hold off visiting Campbell 38-21 in the Big South opener for both squads Saturday at Kessler Stadium.
The contest was the Big South debut for the Camels (5-2, 0-1 Big South), who spent the program’s first 10 seasons in the Pioneer Football League (2008-17). Monmouth moved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in Big South play, ending Campbell’s three-game winning streak.
Redshirt freshman Caleb Snead set Campbell single-game records with 188 receiving yards and 10 catches, adding two touchdowns.
Farri rushed 20 times, including touchdown runs in the second and third quarters, fending off Campbell threats.
Farri’s first score followed a missed CU field goal try from 29 yards, coming at the 4:09 mark of the second, a one yard punch-in to cap off a 12-play, 80 yard march to make it a 17-7 Monmouth lead.
Daniel Smith’s 12-yard rushing touchdown, however, cut the Monmouth lead to 17-14 with 38 seconds before the end of the first half.
After the break, Farri again led a Monmouth drive that included a 39-yard run, finding the end zone with a 24-yard scamper to give the Hawks a 24-14 cushion with 9:13 on the clock in the third.
Devell Jones’ one yard run, set up by Vinny Grasso’s 62-yard punt return, extended the lead to 31-14.
After a second muffed punt return, Jayson DeMild found Caleb Snead for a 21-yard TD to again slice the Monmouth lead just before the end of the third quarter, but Monmouth answered with another touchdown from Jones on its next possession, as the Hawks ran for 298 yards in the win.
Monmouth led 10-0 after Reggie White, Jr.’s six yard TD catch, set up by Juwon Farri’s 60-yard run. The Hawks scored on their opening possession with a 47-yard field goal from Matt Masquera before Smith put Campbell on the board with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Snead.
Campbell eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the first time this season with Smith and DeMIld combining for 333. Smith completed 15-of-31 attempts for 182 yards, while DeMild came off the bench for 151 yards on 13-of-29 tries.
Aaron Blockmon hauled in nine grabs for 76 yards, combining with Snead for 19 of Campbell’s 28 catches.
Kenji Bahar completed 14-of-29 passes for 105 yards and a TD, adding 51 rushing yards, while White collected five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Tymere Berry posted a game-high 12 tackles for the Hawks, while Deontae Henderson paced Campbell with 10 stops. Dorian Jones, who added eight tackles, and Lester Axson, Jr. each recovered Monmouth fumbles, marking Campbell’s 33rd consecutive game with a takeaway.
Campbell returns to Barker-Lane Stadium next week, hosting Gardner-Webb for Homecoming. The game will be the Camels’ first home Big South Conference contest.