Football

L-R wallops Wingate; Davidson, Smith fall

Sixth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne opened its South Atlantic Conference football schedule Saturday by pounding host Wingate 51-14.

The Bears (1-0, 3-0) roared to a 44-0 lead after three quarters, piling up 563 total yards. Quarterback Miles Freeman completed 11 of 14 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for another score. Michael Patrick scored three touchdowns for the victors.

Freshman running back Lawrence Pittman, from Mallard Creek High School, broke the shutout with a Wingate (0-1, 2-1) touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Johnson of Hickory threw for 242 yards and a Wingate touchdown, but he was sacked four times.

By quarters:

Lenoir-Rhyne ... 6 ... 28 ... 10 ... 7 – 51

Wingate ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 ... 14 – 14

LR – Michael Patrick 42 pass from Miles Freeman (kick failed)

LR – Patrick 1 run (Justin Powell kick)

LR – Victor Brannan 60 pass from Freeman (Powell kick)

LR – Chris Robinson 7 run (Powell kick)

LR – Freeman 1 run (Powell kick)

LR – Powell FG 35

LR – Patrick 6 run (Powell kick)

W – Lawrence Pittman 1 run (Patrick Smith kick)

W – Brandon Ellington 15 pass from Kyle Johnson (Smith kick)

LR – Evin Sims 2 run (Powell kick)

Att – 3,502 (at Wingate)

Morehead State 40, Davidson 32

The visiting Eagles rallied from deficits of 11-0 and 18-7 to beat the Wildcats in a Pioneer Football League opener for both teams at Davidson.

Senior running back Rees Macshara notched his eighth career 100-yard game with 129 rushing yards on 27 carries. Sophomore quarterback Austin Gahafer completed 24 of 41 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown for Morehead State (1-0, 2-2). Gahafer also ran for 75 yards and a touchdown, and senior slot receiver Brandon Bornhauser scored twice.

John Cook ran for two touchdowns, and J.P. Douglas completed 20 of 36 passes for 202 yards in leading Davidson (0-1, 1-3). Receiver Williams Morris caught five passes for 163 yards.

The Wildcats closed the gap to eight points on a touchdown by Cam Cheuvront with 1:19 left but were unable to get the ball back.

By quarters:

Morehead State ... 7 ... 14 ... 6 ... 13 – 40

Davidson ... 11 ... 7 ... 0 ... 14 – 32

Dav – Trevor Smith FG 25

Dav – John cook 3 run (David Rogers run)

MS – Rob Harden 4 run (Luke Boyd kick)

Dav – J.P. Douglas 23 run (Smith kick)

MS – Cyrus Strahm 13 pass from Austin Gahafer (Boyd kick)

MS – Brandon Bornhauser 4 run (Boyd kick)

MS – Boyd FG 27

MS – Boyd FG 35

Dav – Cook 39 run (Smith kick)

MS – Gahafer 8 run (Boyd kick)

MS – Bornhauser 5 run (kick failed)

Dav – Cam Cheuvront 8 pass from J.P. Douglas (Smith kick)

Att – 2,972 (at Davidson)

West Georgia 49, Johnson C. Smith 0

The host Wolves led only 7-0 at halftime but blew the game open with six second-half touchdowns and recorded their second straight shutout.

West Georgia is 3-0 for the first time in 13 years, and it marked only the third time since the school revived football in 1982 that the Wolves have recorded two shutouts in a season.

After keeping the game close for the first half, the visiting Golden Bulls (1-2) were stunned when West Georgia’s Denarius Appling returned the second-half kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

The Bulls were held to 22 yards’ total offense in the second half and never got inside the West Georgia 20. Their only scoring attempt was a long missed field goal.

By quarters:

Johnson C. Smith ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 – 0

West Georgia ... 7 ... 0 ... 28 ... 14 – 49

WG – Denarius Appling 30 pass from Dallas Dickey (Hunter Heck kick)

WG – Appling 96 kickoff return (Heck kick)

WG – Shaq Hall 14 pass from Dickey (Heck kick)

WG – Alex Macaulay 15 pass from Dickey (Heck kick)

WG – Brandon Lucas 1 run (Heck kick)

WG – Earvin Anumgba 4 pass from Emmanuel Taylor (Heck kick)

WG – Adam Holley 1 run (Heck kick)

Att – 8,077 (at Carrollton, Ga.)

Coastal Carolina 48, Florida A&M 3

De’Angelo Henderson rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Big South Conference’s Chanticleers (4-0) to an easy victory over the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Rattlers (0-3).

Florida A&M jumped to a 3-0 lead less than four minutes into the game, but Coastal Carolina dominated the rest of the way, building a 31-3 halftime lead.

By quarters:

Coastal Carolina ... 21 ... 10 ... 14 ... 3 – 48

Florida A&M ... 3 ... 0 ... 0 ... 0 – 3

FAMU – Chase Varnadore FG 42

CCU – John Israel 25 pass from Alex Ross (Alex Catron kick)

CCU – De’Angelo Henderson 13 run (Catron kick)

CCU – Calvin Hollenhorst 4 fumble recovery (Catron kick)

CCU – Osharmar Abercrombie 14 run (Catron kick)

CCU – Catron FG 39

CCU – Alex Ross 13 run (Catron kick)

CCU – Catron FG 51

Att – not available (at Tallahassee, Fla.)

Carson-Newman 55, Brevard 42

The 21st-ranked Eagles built a 41-21 halftime lead and held off the host Tornados in this South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.

Lonnie Williams set the tone for Carson-Newman (1-0, 2-1) by returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles got 336 rushing yards, including 105 yards and two touchdowns from Andy Hibbett, 92 yards from Randall Freeman, and 70 yards and two touchdowns from De’Andre Thomas.

Brevard (0-1, 0-3) rushed for 453 yards, including 168 yards from Kelvin Jeter and 133 yards from Jordan Ellis. Quarterback Tanner Wright ran for three touchdowns.

By quarters:

Carson-Newman ... 21 ... 20 ... 7 ... 7 – 55

Brevard ... 7 ... 14 ... 7 ... 14 – 42

CN – Lonnie Williams 100 kickoff return (Ben Ogle kick)

Brev – Tanner Wright 33 run (Alex Noboa kick)

CN – Andy Hibbett 41 run (Ogle kick)

CN – Jamal Jones 1 run (Ogle kick)

Brev – Jordan Ollis 2 run (Noboa kick)

CN – TraShaun Ward 68 pass from De’Andrea Thomas (kick failed)

CN – Thomas 17 run (Ogle kick)

Brev – Kelvin Jeter 59 run (Noboa kick)

CN – Aaron Steward 24 pass from Thomas (Ogle kick)

Brev – Zac Queen 34 pass from Wright (Noboa kick)

CN – Thomas 2 run (Ogle kick)

Brev – Wright 2 run (Noboa kick)

CN – Hibbett 9 run (Ogle kick)

Brev – Wright 12 run (Noboa kick)

Att – 1,237 (at Brevard)

Stillman 37, St. Augustine’s 19

Junior running back Roderick Davenport carried 30 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns, but the visiting Falcons (0-3) lost to the Tigers. Reese Sturgis scored twice on passes for Stillman, which scored 31 straight pointsin the middle two quarters and erased a 13-6 deficit.

By quarters:

St. Augustine’s ... 13 ... 0 ... 0 ... 6 – 19

Stillman ... 6 ... 24 ... 7 ... 0 – 37

SA – Reece Bradley 1 run (Michael Lima kick)

Still – Jov. Thurmon 23 run (kick blocked)

SA – Jamal Parker 17 pass from Cyril Davis (kick failed)

Still – Reese Sturgis 28 pass from Josh Straughan (Yonwaba Pupuma kick)

Still – Pupuma FG 24

Still – Sturgis 7 pass from Straughan (Pupuma kick)

Still – Jonathan Esther 1 run (Pupuma kick)

Still – Esther 8 run (Pupuma kick)

SA – Jordan Turkvant 12 pass from Davis (pass failed)

Att – 515 (at Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

Benedict 20, Elizabeth City State 19

Cameron Stover fired an 8-yard scoring pass to Tyquan Bazemore on the game’s final play, and Tory Mimbs added the deciding conversion kick for Benedict (2-1).

The Vikings (1-2) led 19-7 with 12 minutes left in the game before Benedict rallied with two touchdowns. Petey Boone rushed for 107 yards for Elizabeth City.

By quarters:

Benedict ... 7 ... 0 ... 0 ... 13 – 20

Elizabeth City State ... 13 ... 3 ... 3 ... 0 – 19

Ben – DeVonta Avery 50 fumble recovery (Tory Mimbs kick)

EC – Kenny King 1 run (Jeff Flores kick)

EC – Montario Hunter 9 pass from Tyrell Houghton (kick failed)

EC – Flores FG 22

EC – Flores FG 21

Ben – Kendariss Brown 35 pass from Stover (kick failed)

Ben – Tyquan Bazemore 8 pass from Stover (Mimbs kick)

Att – 5,139 (at Rocky Mount)

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