Central State falls in season opener

Trent Mays opened some eyes to start his career at Central State on Saturday, but the Marauders junior quarterback also has some work to do as CSU lost to Elizabeth City State 34-23.

CSU’s new quarterback got the home team out to a 14-0 lead in the first half, Mays ran for a score and threw an eight yard TD pass to Martell Clark in the second quarter.

Elizabeth City State battled back on the strength of 27 unanswered points for the season opening win on the road.

Mays was 22-37 passing for 197 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions and lost a fumble as the Marauders remain a work in progress coming off a 1-9 season.

Mays was one of two high school players from Steubenville who was convicted of raping a teenage girl at a party in 2012. He spent two years in juvenile custody, and for the next 20 years must register as a Tier II sex offender.

Mays joined the Hocking Community College program in 2015, playing against a variety of competition, including the club football team at Wright State.

The Marauders hit the road next week at Clark University in Atlanta. Central State is back home on Sept. 16 against Morehouse College.

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