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Carolinas roundup: L-R, Wingate post easy victories

Sixth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne University broke open a tight game with three fourth-quarter touchdowns Saturday in a 34-6 romp over host Virginia State University in a nonconference football game.

The Bears (2-0), who reached the NCAA Division II championship game last year, had problems with the Trojans for the first three quarters and led 13-6 entering the fourth period.

But Miles Freeman capped a six-play 85-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run midway in the final period, and Michael Patrick ended a seven-play 60-yard drive with two minutes remaining with a 19-yard scoring run.

Defending South Atlantic Conference champion Lenoir-Rhyne finished the scoring when Joe Anderson returned an interception 79 yards for a final touchdown with 48 seconds remaining.

Jarrod Spears scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter, and Justin Powell added two field goals for the Bears. Virginia State, of the CIAA, fell to 0-2.

By quarters:

Lenoir-Rhyne ... 0 ... 7 ... 6 ... 21 – 34

Virginia State ... 0 ... 0 ... 6 ... 0 – 6

LR – Jarrod Spears 5 run (Justin Powell kick)

LR – FG Powell 29

VS – Kevon Bellamy 1 run (kick failed)

LR – FG Powell 24

LR – Miles Freeman 10 run (Powell kick)

LR – Michael Patrick 19 run (Powell kick)

LR – Joe Anderson 79 interception return (Powell kick)

Att. – 5,452 (at Petersburg, Va.)

Wingate 30, St. Augustine’s 0

The visiting Bulldogs of the South Atlantic Conference scored their first shutout in more than eight years behind two touchdown passes from Kyle Johnson and three Patrick Smith field goals.

Wingate (2-0) built a 20-0 halftime lead at Enloe High School Stadium, as Johnson threw scoring passes of 35 yards to Jordan Berry and 14 yards to Bryan Caffrey. Smith added field goals of 35 and 23 yards.

Wingate’s last shutout came on Aug. 26, 2006, when the Bulldogs blanked Fayetteville State 19-0. St. Augustine’s, of the CIAA, dropped to 0-2.

By quarters:

Wingate ... 7 ... 13 ... 3 ... 7 – 30

St. Augustine’s ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 – 0

W – Jordan Berry 35 pass from Kyle Johnson (Patrick Smith kick)

W – Bryan Caffrey 14 pass from Johnson (Smith kick)

W – FG Smith 35

W – FG Smith 23

W – FG Smith 42

W – J. Funderburk 20 run (Smith kick)

Att. – 1,500 (at Raleigh)

Western Carolina 35, Catawba 17

Quarterback Troy Mitchell threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading the host Catamounts (2-1) past the Indians (1-1).

Catawba, a Division II school from the South Atlantic Conference, trailed only 14-10 midway in the third quarter before Mitchell capped a six-play, 70-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. Catawba turnovers set up a pair of Western Carolina touchdowns in a two-minute span early in the fourth quarter, allowing the FCS Southern Conference hosts to pull away.

Catawba actually outgained Western Carolina in total yardage 373 to 365.

By quarters:

Catawba ... 0 ... 7 ... 3 ... 7 – 17

Western Carolina ... 14 ... 0 ... 7 ... 14 – 35

WCU – S. Robinson 44 pass from Troy Mitchell (Richard Sigmon kick)

WCU – Willie Police 56 pass from Mitchell (Sigmon kick)

Cat – Gary Williams 20 pass from Mike Sheehan (Chad Hollandsworth kick)

Cat – FG Hollandsworth 39

WCU – Troy Mitchell 19 run (Sigmon kick)

WCU – Detrez Newsome 2 run (Sigmon kick)

WCU – Newsome 6 run (Sigmon kick)

Cat – Carlos Tarrats 5 pass from Sheehan (Hollandsworth kick)

Att – 10,511 (at Cullowhee)

Valdosta State 22, Winston-Salem State 17

The Blazers built a 12-point lead in the third quarter and relied on their defense down the stretch to beat the Rams in a meeting of NCAA Division II ranked teams. The game also was a rematch of the 2012 national championship, which Valdosta State won 35-7.

This time, the game was closer.

The 23rd-ranked Blazers (2-0) got two short touchdown runs from Cedric O’Neal and led 22-10 late in the third quarter. Austin Scott rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries for Valdosta State, and quarterback Jake Medlock completed 16 of 27 passes for 162 yards and no interceptions.

The 16th-ranked Rams (1-1) narrowed the gap early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Phil Sims to Marcel Caver but were unable to score again.

By quarters:

Winston-Salem State ... 0 ... 7 ... 3 ... 7 – 17

Valdosta State ... 0 ... 15 ... 7 ... 0 – 22

Val – Jake Medlock 1 run (Kenny Murphy run)

WS – Terry Ross 52 interception return (Alajandr Suarez kick)

Val – Cedric O’Neal 3 run (A. Pistelli kick)

WS – Suarez FG 21

Val – O’Neal 5 run (Pistelli kick)

WS – Marcel Caver 15 pass from Phil Sims (Suarez kick)

Att – 7,200 (at Powder Springs, Ga.)

Shorter 27, Mars Hill 20

Shorter built a 27-0 lead and then held off the Lions’ comeback, despite a record-setting performance by Mars Hill senior wide receiver Dimitri Holmes.

Holmes set the South Atlantic Conference record for career receiving yards and the Mars Hill mark for career receptions. He has 234 career receptions and 3,781 career yards, and he caught 15 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

The Lions (0-2) closed to within a touchdown in the final 90 seconds, but an onside kick attempt failed, and Shorter (2-0) hung on for the victory.

By quarters:

Shorter ... 13 ... 14 ... 0 ... 0 – 27

Mars Hill ... 0 ... 0 ... 7 ... 13 – 20

S – Jordan Show 100 kickoff return (Troy Postell kick)

S – Bruce Clark 14 pass from Eric Dodson (kick failed)

S – Darius Turner 24 pass from Dodson (Postell kick)

S – Kirk Wilson 29 pass from Dodson (Postell kick)

MH – Dimitri Holmes 9 pass from Trent Miller (Tyler Stewart kick)

MH – Jeremy Hughes 2 run (kick failed)

MH – Holmes 44 pass from Laymon (Dakota Hines kick)

Att – NA (at Cullowhee)

N.C. Wesleyan 27, Lincoln (Pa.) 0

The visiting Bishops scored in every quarter and ran their record to 2-0, logging their first shutout in three seasons.

Senior Jacques Alston rushed for 177 yards on 24 carries, including three touchdowns. His first score was a 57-yard scamper in the second quarter. Teammate Malik Adams caught seven passes for 123 yards, including a 77-yard reception.

N.C. Wesleyan (1-1) limited Lincoln to 210 yards’ total offense, and the hosts (0-1) converted only 21 percent of their third-down conversion attempts.

By quarters:

N.C. Wesleyan ... 7 ... 6 ... 7 ... 7 – 27

Lincoln ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 – 0

Wesl – Dustin Midgett 13 run (Chris Richardson kick)

Wesl – Jacqes Alston 57 run (kick blocked)

Wesl – Alston 4 run (Richardson kick)

Wesl – Alston 16 run (Richardson kick)

Att – 1,000 (at Lincoln, Pa.)

Elizabeth City State 18, Tusculum 10

Lovi Banks-Rose scored on a 62-yard punt return in leading the host Vikings of the CIAA past the South Atlantic Conference’s Pioneers.

Petey Boone rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown for the victors (1-1), and quarterback Malcolm Pendergrass carried for 146 yards for Tusculum (1-1).

By quarters:

Tusculum ... 7 ... 3 ... 0 ... 0 – 10

Elizabeth City State ... 0 ... 9 ... 3 ... 6 – 18

Tus – Fernando Smith 4 run (Jose Esparza kick)

EC – Team safety

EC – Lovi Banks-Rose 62 punt return (Jeff Flores kick)

Tus – Flores FG 33

EC – Petey Boone 2 run (kick failed)

Att – 2,856 (at Elizabeth City)

Alderson Broaddus 47, Chowan 7

Wilson Vaughn passed for 467 yards and five touchdowns as the hosts rolled to an easy victory Saturday afternoon.

Vaughn completed 37 of 43 passes and was sacked only once. Chris Schroeder caught eight passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and both Brandon Jones and Isaac Silafau had six receptions for the victors (2-0).

Chowan (1-1) scored in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass from Dain McFarland to Ryan Nolan.

By quarters:

Chowan ... 0 ... 7 ... 0 ... 0 – 7

Alderson Broaddus ... 14 ... 16 ... 17 ... 0 – 47

AB – Braxton Johnson 5 pass from Wilson Vaughn (Jordan Butler kick)

AB – Jamaris Knighten fumble recovery in end zone (Butler kick)

AB – Cooper Schroeder 18 pass from Vaughn (Butler kick)

AB – Malcolm lee 53 interception return (Butler kick)

Ch – Ryan Nolan 20 pass from Dain McFarland (Nick Hahula kick)

AB – Safety

AB – Paris Person 13 pass from Vaughn (Butler kick)

AB – FG Butler 22

AB – Schroeder 22 pass from Vaughn (Butler kick)

Att – 873 (at Philippi, W.Va.)

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