Blue Bears’ QB cited for drug possession

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Staff report

SALISBURY — Livingstone football star Drew Powell received a citation for misdemeanor possession of marijuana last Tuesday, according to a Salisbury Police Department report.

The initial report appeared in the crime blotter section of Thursday’s Salisbury Post, but made no mention of Powell being a Livingstone student or football player. The charge occurred during a traffic stop at the corner of West Monroe and South Ellis streets.

Powell, a senior from Upper Marlboro, Md., is a four-year starter at quarterback for the Blue Bears and has earned All-CIAA honors for his play. On Saturday, Powell led Livingstone to a dramatic, 42-35 overtime win against Fayetteville State, during the school’s Homecoming weekend.

“I consider this an in-house situation that we’re going to address,” Livingstone head football coach Daryl Williams said on Monday. “Kids make mistakes, but he’s still our guy.”

Powell started and played the entire game on Saturday, completing 28 of 35 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores.

Williams would not comment on what discipline Powell may face with the team.

The Blue Bears host J.C. Smith on Saturday in their final regular season game. The contest is big for Livingstone, as it can achieve a winning season for the first time in 17 years with a win over the Golden Bulls.

According to the police report, Powell was a passenger in car that was pulled over at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 27, for having a non-working license tag light.

Powell’s citation has a mandatory court date of Dec. 16.