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Carolinas college football roundup: Navy sinks ECU; Davidson wins on rare shutout

Senior quarterback Malcolm Perry ran for four touchdowns and passed for two more Saturday as host Navy rolled past East Carolina 42-10.

Perry became the first Navy quarterback since since 2010 to rush and pass for more than 150 yards in a game. Operating the Midshipmen’s triple-option attack, Perry ran 24 times for 156 yards and completed 5-of-7 passes for another 151 yards.

It was the 10th straight road loss for East Carolina (1-2), which is 1-17 on the road since 2016.

The Pirates, playing without starting running back Darius Pinnix (shoulder injury), totaled just 84 yards on the ground.

Pirates’ head coach Mike Houston, whose teams used the triple option when he coached at Lenoir-Rhyne and later at The Citadel, said his team “didn’t do a very good job today.”

“It’s my responsibility to get this fixed,” Houston said.

It was the American Athletic Conference opener for each team, with Navy improving to 2-0 overall.

East Carolina defensive back Davondre Robinson was taken from the field on a stretcher in the fourth quarter after colliding with a teammate, but Pirates’ officials said after the game that Robinson had feeling in all his extremities.

East Carolina quarterback Holton Ahlers completed 11-of-23 passes for 138 yards. He had no touchdowns and was intercepted once.

Davidson 41, West Virginia Wesleyan 0

The host Wildcats (3-0) posted their first shutout in five years and ran for a season-high 357 yards.

Davidson’s last shutout was a 56-0 decision in 2014 over College of Faith.

The Wildcats, winning their opening three games for the second straight season, jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Phelps to Eli Turner Jr. and a 15-yard run by Kahleel Shaw.

That was plenty for Davidson. The Wildcats totaled four sacks and picked off two West Virginia Wesleyan passes. Senior defensive end Harrison Hill had a team-high eight tackles.

Turner accounted for 124 yards’ offense, rushing for 110 and adding 34 receiving yards.

Caden Bonoffski, a freshman kicker from Community School of Davidson, converted all five extra points and kicked a pair of field goals.

Davidson hits the road for the first time next Saturday, traveling to Campbell.

Coastal Carolina 46, Norfolk State, 7

The Chanticleers’ smothering defense held Norfolk State to two first downs in the opening three quarters, as they rolled to a 46-7 victory over the visiting Spartans.

Coastal Carolina’s offense, meanwhile, scored two touchdowns and a field goal off the defense’s big plays.

The Chanticleers (2-1) piled up 521 yards of total offense and 30 first downs and held Norfolk State (1-2), an FCS team from the MEAC, to 117 yards and five first downs. The Spartans had only 66 yards of total offense through the opening three quarters.

Coastal Carolina built a 9-0 lead in the first quarter on a Massimo Biscardi field goal and a 1-yard touchdown run by Reese White. The Chanticleers intercepted a Juwan Carter pass on Norfolk State’s next possession, and it led to a 32-yard Biscardi field goal.

The Spartans cut the deficit to 12-7 at the 9:20 mark of the second quarter, scoring on a 4-yard pass from Carter to Anthony Williams.

Coastal Carolina’s defense set up the next score, as the Chanticleers pressured Norfolk State punter Ryan Richter, forcing a short punt that gave Coastal Carolina the ball at the Spartans’ 34. Four players later, Bryce Carpenter connected with tight end Isaiah Likely on an 8-yard touchdown pass, and the Chanticleers took a 19-7 lead at the half.

Coastal Carolina intercepted another Carter pass on Norfolk State’s first series of the third quarter, and it led to a 6-yard touchdown run by Jacqez Hairston.

Lenoir-Rhyne 28, Virginia Union 11

The visiting Bears, ranked No. 21 in the NCAA Division 2 poll, toppled a Virginia Union team that had knocked off FCS foe Hampton last week.

Dareke Young, a junior running back from Middle Creek High in Apex, scored three consecutive touchdowns for Lenoir-Rhyne (2-0) — two on short runs and the other on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Grayson Willingham.

Willingham, a junior from Weddington High, completed 10 of 21 passes for 131 yards.

Virginia Union (1-1) jumped to a 3-0 lead, but the Bears went ahead for good on a 1-yard run by Ameen Stevens late in the second quarter. Lenoir-Rhyne got two more scores before the half, on runs of 2 and 8 yards by Young.

Young’s touchdown reception came in the third quarter.

Bowie State 26, Shaw 21

The visiting Bears spoiled Shaw’s first game in Raleigh in 12 years, scoring a pair of touchdowns late in the game off blocked punts.

Shaw (0-2) took a 21-12 lead on the second play of the fourth quarter, on a Marquis Gorham run. But Bowie State (1-1) climbed within two points with 2:46 left in the game, when Trey Lee blocked a Shaw punt and recovered in the end zone.

Shaw was forced to punt on its next possession, and Lee again blocked the kick. Bowie State recovered at the Shaw 8 and scored the winning touchdown on a pass with 18 seconds left.

The game was played on the St. Augustine’s campus.

Western Carolina 20, North Greenville 17

Will Jones made a clutch completion in the closing minutes, then fired a 1-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Bardall for the winning touchdown, as the host Catamounts snapped a 10-game losing streak.

North Greenville (1-1), a Division 2 team, had taken a 17-13 lead in the fourth quarter. The Catamounts (1-2) drove to the Crusaders’ 14 and were facing a fourth-and-8. Jones completed a pass to Connell Young for the first down.

The game was scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., but the opening kickoff was delayed nearly three hours due to lightning.

Mars Hill 46, St. Augustine’s 14

Sophomore Jimmy Urzua passed for four touchdowns, and the host Lions rolled to their first victory after an opening loss.

St. Augustine’s (1-1) was outgained 420 to 224 in total yards. Mars Hill built a 14-0 lead, but the Falcons tied the game with a pair of second-quarter scores — on a 9-yard pass from Jalen Jones to Goldsboro’s Joe Baker, and a 3-yard run by Jeremiah Miller.

But the Lions pulled away with two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the half. Urzua threw an 18-yard scoring pass to Chris Cayo, and Craig Rucker ran 1 yard for another score.

N.C. A&T 27, Charleston Southern 21

Junior running back Jah-Maine Martin gashed the Charleston Southern defense for 324 rushing yards, leading the Aggies (2-1) to a come-from-behind victory in Charleston.

Charleston Southern (0-3) built a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, as Jack Chambers passed for a touchdown and then ran for a score.

Two Noel Ruiz field goals cut the deficit to 14-6, and the Aggies tied the game less than a minute into the third quarter on an 84-yard touchdown run by Martin and a two-point conversion.

Ruiz kicked two more field goals in the third quarter, and then Martin dashed 76 yards for the Aggies’ final score.

Martin had 25 carries and averaged nearly 13 yards per rush.

Gardner-Webb 21, N.C. Central 12

Jaylin Cagle rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, leading the host Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-2) past the Eagles (0-3).

Cagle, a senior from Kannapolis A.L. Brown High, had the game’s biggest play. After N.C. Central cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 14-12 with 6:29 left, Cagle raced 65 yards for a touchdown just a minute later.

Adrian Olivo’s four field goals accounted for all the Eagles’ scoring.

Gardner-Webb linebacker Darien Reynolds, from Vance High, had 13 tackles, two pass break-ups and two quarterback hurries.

Elon 42, Richmond 20

The Phoenix opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a big road victory, as junior quarterback Davis Cheek passed for a career-high five touchdowns.

Cheek, a Butler High product, completed 18-of-30 passes for 234 yards. His favorite target was junior wide receiver Kortez Woods, of West Rowan High. Woods caught eight passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Cheek threw three scoring passes in the first half, when Elon (2-1, 1-0) built a 28-7 lead. Richmond fell to 1-2, 0-1.

South Florida 55, S.C. State 16

Host South Florida (1-2) snapped an eight-game losing streak, as Jordan McCloud passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns.

S.C. State (2-1), which won its opening two games for the first time in 10 years, fell behind early. Starting quarterback Corey Fields completed 9-of-18 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off twice.

Samford 21, Wofford 14

Quarterback Chris Oladokun ran 30 yards for the winning touchdown in the third quarter, leading Samford to an upset of Wofford, the 21st-ranked FCS team, in a Southern Conference game.

Wofford (0-2, 0-1) led 14-0 in the first quarter, behind a pair of touchdown runs by senior quarterback Nathan Walker. But Wofford was shut out the rest of the way by the Bulldogs’ (1-2, 1-0) defense.

Oladokun completed 17 of 25 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off twice.

Lenoir-Rhyne 28, Virginia Union 11

The visiting Bears, ranked No. 21 in the NCAA Division 2 poll, toppled a Virginia Union team that had knocked off FCS foe Hampton last week.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Dareke Young, a junior running back from Middle Creek High in Apex, ran for two touchdowns in the second quarter and caught a touchdown pass in the third from quarterback Grayson Willingham of Weddington High.

Wingate 34, Fayetteville State 14

Butler High product Nijere Peoples rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, and Domineke McNeil had 98 rushing yards and a touchdown in leading Wingate (2-0) to a road victory.

Fayetteville State (1-1) was tied with the Bulldogs 17-17 at the half, but Wingate broke it open with a McLean Robertson field goal and touchdown runs by McNeil and Peoples in a 17-0 third quarter.

Fayetteville State quarterback Collyn Anderson completed 17-of-35 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.

Catawba 21, Winston-Salem State 14

Kendall Davis scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds remaining, lifting visiting Catawba (1-1) over the Rams (0-2).

Winston-Salem led 14-13 late in the game, but Catawba drove 94 yards in 14 plays, capped by Davis’ score. Catawba junior running back Demonte Good rushed for 123 yards, while Winston-Salem quarterback Dominique Graves completed 15-of-27 passes for 249 yards. He threw one touchdown but had two passes intercepted.

Steve Lyttle on Twitter: @slyttle

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