NC Central thrashes ECSU behind Clarke’s 3 TDs

Andre Clarke rushed for three early touchdowns to lead N.C. Central (1-1) to a 34-7 win against Elizabeth City State (0-1) on Saturday.

The contest was a rematch of the 2006 CIAA Championship Game, which the Eagles won 17-14 on a 51-yard field goal as time expired.

Clarke rushed for 83 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Quinn Billerman went 19-of-29 for 165 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Anas Hasic caught seven passes for 121 yards and a TD.

Indiana (Pa.) 41, Saint Augustine’s 19: A.J. Gilford threw two touchdown passes, Roderick Davenport rushed for 111 yards and Claytin Lewis (Raleigh Word of God)) grabbed seven passes for 113 yards in a nonconference season-opening loss for the visiting Falcons.

Coastal Carolina 31, N.C. A&T 30: Kwashaun Quick ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns for the host Aggies, the last with 7:16 left in the game to tie the score. A&T tried for a 2-point conversion but failed. Devin Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for the winning touchdown for the Chanticleers (2-0). De’Angelo Henderson led Coastal with 131 yards on the ground and a touchdown, and Tarik Cohen also broke the 100-yard mark for the Aggies, with 133 and a TD.

Miles 30, Shaw 6: The host Golden Bears led 21-0 at the half despite giving Shaw chances to stay in the game with a fumble, two interceptions and turning over the ball on downs.

Wingate 38, Limestone 10: The visiting Bulldogs scored two defensive touchdowns to advance to 12-2 in season openers under coach Joe Reich. The contest was the first game ever for the host Saints. Wingate freshman running back Lawrence Pittman (Mallard Creek) scored his first touchdown to send the Bulldogs to the halftime locker room with a 10-0 lead.

Western Carolina 45, Brevard 21: Darius Ramsey scored three rushing touchdowns and Detrez Newsome rushed for two more for the host Catamounts (1-1). Quarterback Troy Mitchell went 13-of-15 for 142 yards.

Charleston Southern 16, Newberry 10: The visiting Wolves threatened late, but the Bucs scored a safety with six minutes left.

Furman 25, Mercer 20: Gary Wilkins’ fourth quarter 19-yard interception return for a touchdown powered Furman (2-0) in the Southern Conference opener for both teams.

Presbyterian 69, Bluefield 14: LaQua Mayes ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns for the host Blue Hose.