JMU football wins first game of the long-awaited 2021 season against Morehead State

Bridgeforth Stadium has been quiet for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That silence ended Saturday as JMU Football returned home to open up the long-awaited 2021 spring season against the Morehead State Eagles. After sophomore kicker Connor Madden kicked off the game, the football drought was officially over and the Dukes were back.

Redshirt senior quarterback Cole Johnson made his first start today, but the Dukes' offense was at its most dangerous on the ground, racking up a total of 369 yards in the season debut.

Redshirt sophomore running back Solomon Vanhorse had the longest touchdown on the ground, dashing 68 yards to the house, giving the Dukes an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Through the air, redshirt junior wide receiver Kris Thornton had the only pass from Johnson – a 52-yard grab-and-go for the Manassas, Virginia, native.

JMU led 28-0 by halftime.

Defensively, senior defensive lineman Mike Greene and the Dukes proved Madison is still a powerhouse on the opposite side of the ball, limiting the Eagles to just a total of 98 yards in the game. On the ground, Morehead State had negative-six yards…

It was dominant, it was a return to football, and it was long overdue. JMU Football made it known that they’re back, shutting out the Eagles 52-0.

Following the game, head coach Curt Cignetti addressed the media saying the next challenge isn’t waiting for them in pads next week, it’s ongoing right now – staying safe and smart versus COVID-19.