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Wingate lone winner among 485 teams

Wingate 17 Catawba 0

Florida Atlantic 17 Charlotte 7

Morehead State 34 Davidson 0

Virginia Union 33 Johnson C. Smith 3

It was a tough day for 485 area teams with only Wingate winning. Charlotte, Davidson, Catawba and Johnson C. Smith all fell.

49ers come up short in turnover-filled game

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information

On a historic night that saw a record 17,444 rain-soaked fans ignore the elements to take in the Charlotte 49ers first-ever Conference USA home game, Charlotte dropped a close 17-7 decision to visiting Florida Atlantic.

It was Charlotte’s first home night game and FAU was the first FBS opponent to visit Jerry Richardson Stadium.

“It was a great environment tonight,” said 49ers head coach Brad Lambert.  “It was a lot of fun for our guys.  They got to wear the black uniforms and the great crowd, the band.  We’ve got a lot of things moving in the right direction.  We need to finish that game tonight and win it.”

FAU (1-3; 1-0) took a 10-0 lead into the fourth quarter but Tank Norman’s 28-yard interception return sparked the 49ers effort at a comeback with 10:58 left to play.

After trading possessions, the 49ers (2-2; 0-2) found themselves driving for the go-ahead score in the final four minutes.    Lee McNeill narrowly missed connecting with Austin Duke behind the Owl defense.  Later in the drive, the 49ers moved into FAU territory on a 10-yard run by Kalif Phillips to the FAU 48.  Another short run by Phillips left the 49ers at the 46 and a three-yard completion to Justin Bolus moved it to the 43.  After an incomplete pass, however, McNeill’s fourth-down pass was intercepted by Ocie Rose and returned 60 yards for the back-breaking touchdown.

Phillips rushed for a season-high 165 yards, his ninth career 100-yard game and the 49ers defense held an FAU team that came in averaging 480.7 yards per game to just 184 yards.   Charlotte committed seven turnovers, however, including the one that was returned for the final touchdown, and the 49ers had a mishandled snap on a punt attempt that set up the Owls first TD.

“Our defense was really humming,” said Lambert.  “I was really proud of those guys.  They played extremely hard and got five turnovers.  There were some good things out there.  But you can’t survive with seven turnovers and a muffed punt.  You have to value the ball.  The weather had part to do with that.  FAU had a lot to do with that. It’s amazing we had a shot to win the game at the end.”

FAU scored 10 points in the first half while holding Charlotte scoreless at the break for just the second time in the program’s short history.    The Owls took a 7-0 lead following the muffed punt that set the Owls up at the Charlotte 30.   Quarterback Jaquez Johnson ran in from 14 yards for that score.

A Jalen Young interception in the second quarter gave the Owls another opportunity deep in 49ers territory at Charlotte’s 20.  Charlotte’s defense forced a 45-yard field goal by Greg Joseph, thanks in part to Larry Ogunjobi’s nine-yard sack on third down.

Ogunjobi finished with a career-high 11 tackles and matched his own school-record with 4.0 tackles for loss.

“We just worked really hard this week in practice,” said Ogunjobi, a red-shirt junior nosetackle.  “A lot of guys helped me set up plays.  It’s the entire defense – a lot of guys got to the ball.”

Charlotte finished with 10 tackles for loss and three sacks and the defense forced five turnovers with two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.  Charlotte allowed just 40 yards rushing and 184 total yards of offense.

That effort kept the 49ers within striking distance but Charlotte was unable to strike through for their first conference victory.

McNeill (11-of-31; 89 yards, 4 INT) and Matt Johnson (0-3; 0 yards; 2 INT) combined for 89 passing yards and while Phillips put up 165 rushing yards, the 49ers rushed for a total of 117 given FAU’s 10 tackles for loss and the yardage lost on the muffed punt.  The Owls also had five sacks to keep pressuring the 49ers offense.

It was the second straight game that the 49ers turned the ball over seven times, matching a school record.

Charlotte remains at home in the coming week to face another Owl team.  Temple plays at Charlotte, Friday night, at 7 p.m. in non-conference action.

Davidson stumbles in PFL opener

MOREHEAD, Ky.The Davidson football team fell to the Morehead State Eagles, 34-0, in both teams’ PFL opener Saturday at Jayne Stadium.

QB Austin Gahafer led both teams with completing 19-of-35 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns, while QB John Cook led the Wildcats with 72 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

Morehead State (2-2, 1-0 PFL) got off to a hot start and scored back-to-back touchdowns in the first 16 minutes of the game, including a 73-yard touchdown pass to start the second quarter.

In the first half, the Eagles capitalized off three Davidson (0-3, 0-1 PFL) turnovers to take a 27-0 lead into the break.

A 42-yard touchdown pass from Morehead State at the end of the third quarter solidified the ballgame.

Defensively, DB Ryan Felice led Davidson with eight tackles, all solo, with two for a loss and one breakup.

The Wildcats will be back in action when they return home next Saturday, Oct. 3 to host Valparaiso at 1 p.m.

Wingate shutouts Catawba 17-0

SALISBURY, N.C. — Wingate claimed a 17-0 win over host Catawba in a defensive struggle on a rainy Saturday night at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field.  The Bulldogs improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference.  The Catawba Indians fall to 2-2 and 1-1.

Lawrence Pittman ran for 193 yards to lead the Bulldogs and scored a pair of second-half touchdowns.

Pittman’s carries and rushing yards are career highs, while his two touchdowns equals a career-best total. Wingate improves to 4-0 overall with its 10th shutout in the school’s senior college history (and third this season). The Bulldogs are 2-0 in the SAC, giving WU head coach Joe Reich his 50th league victory. Catawba is 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SAC.

“For us, this was a solid game overall…a great team win,” Reich says. “Our defense played phenomenal tonight. The offense hit a rough patch…but (offensive coordinator) Mike Longand his group stuck with the run…and eventually we wore them down.”

Wingate scored 10 points in the third quarter after a scoreless first half. The Bulldogs added an insurance score in the fourth period. Wingate out-gained the Catawba Indians 318-266 with a season-high 241 yards on the ground. The contest featured 20 punts (10 for each team) with the Bulldogs holding a slight seven-yard edge in the field position battle.

Lawrence Pittman, a former Mallard Creek player, courtesy Wingate Sports Information
Lawrence Pittman, a former Mallard Creek player, courtesy Wingate Sports Information

Wingate had 318 total yards on the night with 241 coming on the ground.  Jordan Berry caught five passes for 42 yards.  Eric Mapoles made 10 stops on defense.

Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) accounted for 96 of Catawba’s 168 yards on the ground as the Indians were limited to just 266 total yards.  Bruce Smith (Winston-Salem, N.C./N. Davidson HS) had four catches for 29 yards.  Jamal Lackey (Mocksville, N.C./Davie Co. HS) collected 11 stops on defense, while Michael Peppers (Clemson, S.C./Daniel HS) recorded two sacks.

Neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the opening half.  Only Catawba was able to penetrate inside the opponents 40-yard-line which came late in the half.  The Indians advanced to the Wingate 28, but mishandled a snap on a potential field goal try that left the game scoreless at the break.

Wingate would break the deadlock on its second possession of the third quarter.  Driving from its own 30, the Bulldogs capped a 12-playu, 47-yard with a 40-yard field goal from Caleb Baird at the 8:13 mark of the quarter.  On its next drive, Wingate went 54 yards in 10 plays to go up 10-0 after a one-yard run from Pittman.  Pittman added a second one-yard run with just under three minutes to play to cap the scoring.

Weather limited quarterback play as Wingate’s Kyle Johnson completed just 12-of-26 passes for 77 yards.  Catawba’s Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) went 14-of-37 for 98 yards.

Catawba will host Newberry next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Wingate returns home next Saturday, hosting Limestone for a 1:30 p.m. contest. The second-year LC Saints are led by former Bulldog defensive coordinator Bobby James.

Golden Bulls fall at Virginia Union

Richmond, Va. – The Johnson C. Smith University football team was held to only 58 total yards of offense by Virginia Union as the Panthers took a 33-3 CIAA win at a soggy Hovey Field on Saturday afternoon.

The JCSU defense started well by holding the VUU offense in check on the first drive, forcing a punt on the first drive, but on the second play of the ensuing JCSU drive, freshman quarterback Harold Herbin (Fayetteville, N.C.) had his pass picked off by VUU’s Stephan Robinson.
Virginia Union capitalized on the turnover six plays later, driving 40 yards in 2:13 capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Lamar Webster.  The point-after was good, giving VUU the 7-0 lead at the 11:04 mark of the first quarter.

Virginia Union then limited the JCSU offense to only 19 first half plays, forcing seven straight Golden Bull punts and took a 20-0 lead into the halftime intermission.

After another JCSU punt on their first possession of the second half, the Golden Bulls defense stiffened, forcing a Virginia Union punt.   After the 13-yard punt from Russell Balance, JCSU took over at their own 48-yard line.  The Golden Bulls put together an 11-play 23 yard drive that was aided by two pass interference calls on VUU.  JCSU got down to the Panther 29 yard line and was forced to try a long field goal attempt.  Erik Amaya (Kannapolis, N.C.) made good on that attempt, knocking it in from 46 yards out to cut the deficit to 20-3 with 5:28 remaining in the third quarter.  The kick was a career-long for Amaya.

Virginia Union then piled on two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first being a 36 yard touchdown strike from quarterback Shawheem Dowdy to Devin Anderson with 13:51 remaining.  VUU ended the scoring at the 5:41 mark when Rashaun Smith plunged in from one yard out to provide the 33-3 final.

Offensively, JCSU wide receiver Roderick Carter (Miami, Fla.) caught four passes for 37 yards.  Sophomore Bedrick Yobo (Charlotte, N.C.) had two catches for a career-high 33 yards.

Jordan Lane (Charlotte, N.C.) returned to the lineup for JCSU, throwing for 67 yards on a 7-for-19 effort while only playing in the second half.

VUU quarterback Shawheem Rowdy had a banner day, connecting for 263 yards and two touchdowns on a 17-of-25 performance.  Panther receiver Devin Anderson had five catches for 95 yards and one score and Olu Izegwire hauled in four passes for 64 yards.  Running back Hakeem Holland had 58 yards on 18 carries for VUU.

The loss drops JCSU to 1-3 overall, 0-1 in CIAA play while Virginia Union improves to 3-1, 1-0 in league action.

JCSU returns home to take on Bowie State on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Eddie McGirt Classic at the Irwin Belk Complex.  Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

SAC wins for Bulldogs, Indians; 49ers, Bulls fall

Rude C-USA Welcome at Middle Tennessee, 73-14

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information
Middle Tennessee provided an unfriendly welcome to Charlotte in the 49ers’ first Conference USA game.  The Blue Raiders (2-1) struck quick and often, scoring 42 first-quarter points on their way to a 73-14 victory.

Charlotte (2-1) fell victim to the fast-strike offense it has used to success against opponents.   Four of the Blue Raiders first-quarter scores were of the one or two-play variety and included several big plays.

“We ran into a buzzsaw tonight,” said 49ers head coach Brad Lambert.  “We‘re just turning the ball over too much.  That’s why the score is what it is.  I thought Kalif (Phillips) was running hard.  I thought the offensive line was blocking decent up front.  We’re just making too many silly mistakes and if you don’t take care of the ball you’re going to run into trouble.”

Brent Stockstill hit Terry Pettis for a 76-yard TD pass.  Jordan Parker had a TD run of 62 yards.  Stockstill connected again with Pettis for a 75-yarder and then hit Ed Batties for a 35-yarder to humble the 49ers defense.  The Blue Raiders set opponent records for points scored, margin of victory and total yards (690).

Charlotte scored a first quarter TD on an attempted onside kick that Uriah LeMay returned 48 yards for a TD and Kalif Phillips cashed in on a one-yard run for the 49ers’ second-quarter score to make it 49-14 at the half.

LeMay’s kickoff return was the third in 49ers history for a touchdown.

The Phillips’ TD drive was started when Devon Johnson forced a fumble on a sack for a 14-yard loss.  Matt Johnson hit Trent Bostick for a 31-yard gain and Phillips added a 22–yard run to get the 49ers inside the five.

At the half, Middle Tennessee enjoyed a 459-153 advantage in total offense and they had forced four Charlotte turnovers.  Charlotte forced two turnovers, including Johnson’s big sack/forced fumble.

“I think we got punched in the mouth right away and we didn’t really collect ourselves as we wish we would have,” said linebacker Nick Cook, who had a team-best 13 tackles.  “They were a very good football team.  They came out and executed what they wanted to.  There’s a lot of little things that we messed up, personally.  We’re not going to let this define us as a defense or a unit.”

Charlotte continued to deploy a two-quarterback system.  Johnson finished 5-of-12 for 60 yards with two picks.  Barden was 5-of-16 for 27 yards and one INT.

The Blue Raiders scored 17 third quarter points, including a pick-six of a Johnson pass to push over 60 points, establishing a new record for points allowed by the 49ers. Lee McNeill came in as QB in the fourth quarter and was 3-of-5 for 15 yards.  He threw one INT, which matched the 49ers’ single-game record with 7 turnovers.

“This is definitely the best team we’ve played so far,” Cook added.  “Speed-wise and athleticism-wise, it’s definitely the best team we’ve played this year.  I saw a better effort from the start of the second quarter.  We got after it a little bit.  We tried to play like it was zero-zero.  We have to have a quick memory and come back this week, work hard, learn from this film and get ready for our home opener in conference.”

Phillips pounded his way to a team-high 72 yards on 15 carries, including a 22-yarder that helped set up his second-quarter score.  Backfield mate Andrew Buie was bottled up for 28 yards on 8 carries.

Cook led the 49ers with a career-best 13 tackles, the most by a 49er this year.  He had 12 solo tackles. Red-shirt junior defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi had six tackles to give him 104 in his career – the third player in 49ers history to reach the century mark.

Charlotte did have 8.0 tackles for loss, led by Cook’s 2.0.  Charlotte’s defense forced a pair of turnovers on forced fumbles by Devon Johnson and Desmond Floyd.

Middle Tennessee ended up with 695 yards of total offense, including 316 on the ground and 379 through the air.  Charlotte finished with 219 total yards.   Stockstill threw for 369 yards and five TDs with Pettis pulling in 167 receiving yards.  Parker added 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns.  Batties had three receiving TDs. The Blue Raiders had a pair of 100-yard rushers and a pair of 100-yard receivers.

The loss snaps the 49ers’ program-best four-game win streak (first two games of 2015; last two of 2014).  This is the 49ers first loss to an FBS institution.

The 49ers will host Florida Atlantic Saturday at 7 p.m. at Jerry Richardson Stadium in the 49ers’ first-ever Conference USA home game and the program’s first home night game.

Big road win for Catawba at Carson-Newman

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Catawba‘s defense held host Carson-Newman to a single score and posted a 14-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Burke-Tarr Stadium.  The Catawba Indians improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference.  It also marked the second straight win for Catawba at Burke-Tarr Stadium, winning 25-22 in 2013.  The Eagles fall to 2-1 and 0-1.

Catawba limited the Eagles to 315 total yards with 185 on the ground.  Carson-Newman was also forced to punt seven times in the defensive battle. Jonathan Jean (Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island HS) posted a dozen tackles with two going for losses, including a sack.  Kyle Kitchens (Decatur, Ga./Decatur HS) was in on seven stops, had a big sack in the closing minutes and also blocked a potential Carson-Newman field goal at the end of the first half.

Cary Littlejohn (Columbus, N.C./Polk Co. HS) ran for 76 yards on 14 carries in the ball control offense that held a time of possession advantage of nearly 11 minutes.  Mike Sheehan (Wilmington, N.C./Laney HS) completed 19-of-24 passes for 163 yards.  He threw for one score and ran for another.

The Indians got on the scoreboard first when Sheehan ran in from seven yards out with 1:25 to go in the first quarter.  It capped a 12-play, 74-yard drive that featured three third-down conversions.  On those downs, Sheehan completed passes of 15 yards to Bruce Smith (Winston-Salem, N.C./N. Davidson HS), 13 yards to Carlos Tarrats (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines HS) and ran one for 15 yards to the C-N six that set up the score.

Carson-Newman pulled even early in the second quarter.  On a third down, De’Andre Thomas completed a 75-yard pass to TraShaun Ward to the Indian one.  Damian Baker scored on the next play to knot the score at 7-all.

Catawba looked poised to take the lead at the end of the half, but two sacks in the final minute forced a punt from midfield.  The Eagles used to big runs from Baker to set a field goal try from 39 yards.  Kitchens was able to keep the score tied with his block.

With both defenses forcing punts in the third quarter stalemate, the Eagles swung field position following a 65-yard punt from Christian Ramirez and a negative four-yard return that pinned Catawba on its own six.  After holding the Indians, Carson-Newman drove to the 17 and set up for a 34-yard field goal.  Once again, Catawba blocked the attempt to keep the game tied.

Four plays after the block, Sheehan hit on the biggest offensive play of the game with a 57-yard toss to Brandon Brown (Durham, N.C./N. Durham HS) to the Eagle 13.  On third down, Sheehan foundGary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS) from eight yards out to put Catawba on top 14-7 with 10:35 remaining.

Carson-Newman moved near midfield on the ensuing possession then Jean and Jamal Lackey(Mocksville, N.C./Davie Co. HS) made a big fourth-down stop.  The Eagles had one last chance after Catawba missed a long field goal, but Kitchens had his sack to force a fourth and 29 that C-N couldn’t convert.  Catawba was able to run out the clock to secure the win.

Baker ran for 117 yards in the loss for Carson-Newman.  Thomas threw for 130 yards, but completed only 7-of-16 passes.  Ward had three receptions for 91 yards.

Catawba returns home to host Wingate next Saturday at 6 p.m.

Bulldogs pound  Brevard 37-0

WINGATE, N.C. – After a two-week wait, football season made its long-awaited return to the campus of Wingate University Saturday, as the Bulldogs blanked South Atlantic Conference foe Brevard College 37-0 in Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field. On a warm, beautiful fall afternoon, the Dogs put on a great all-around performance in front of a home opener crowd of 2,167 fans.

“I think we played with great intensity,” Wingate head coach Joe Reich says. “There was an intensity today about our team that I really liked from pre-game until the end.” The Bulldogs were on the road for the first two weeks of the season and were eagerly awaiting the return home to play in front of the Irwin Belk Stadium crowd. “We were hoping we would get that (intensity) coming home after being on the road for a couple of weeks,” Reich says. “We wanted to get that extra bump of intensity and we did. It felt that way the whole game.”

The intensity that Coach Reich preached was definitely evident on the field, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Redshirt junior starting quarterback Kyle Johnson (Hickory, N.C.) finished with an impressive line going 18-of-26 passing for 193 yards and three touchdowns. The Hickory High product made all three of those passing touchdowns to his fellow junior wide receiver Jordan Berry (Irmo, S.C.).

“He makes plays,” Reich says when asked about Berry’s performance. “You throw the ball up to him (Berry) and he’s going to make a play. For us, there is a lot of reassurance for when you are a quarterback or a coach that when you throw it up to that guy (Berry), you know he is going to make a play.”

Berry believed the Bulldogs had a good game plan in attacking the Brevard defense. “We knew we had them (the Tornados) outmatched in the front seven,” Berry says. “It was a great team win with great play calling.” The 2014 All-SAC performer finished the game with seven catches for 73 yards with his longest catch being a 25-yard reception from Johnson.

Wingate junior receiver Joe Wallace (Hope Mills, N.C.) and freshman receiver JT Stokes (Juliette, Ga.) combined for nine catches and 138 receiving yards. Sophomore Standout running back Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.) encored his two superb rushing performances from the road trip with another splendid game. The Mallard Creek graduate carried the ball 12 times for 99 yards and one TD.

The special teams also contributed to the fireworks with a thrilling 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from redshirt junior wide receiver Jody Fuller (Indian Trail, N.C.) on the opening kick-off of the second half. The Bulldogs rolled from this point forward.

One of the bigger stories of the game was the performance on defense by Wingate, as the Bulldogs shut out the Brevard offense. The Bulldogs held the Tornados to 43 yards of total offense. Senior defensive back Nortavius Otis(Gastonia, N.C.) led the team in tackles with eight, followed by senior linebacker Eric Mapoles (Snellville, Ga.) who finished right behind him with seven tackles.

Wingate football is off to its first 3-0 start since 2008 when they began the season 7-0 overall. Coach Reich commented on the overall attitude and vibe of his team after coming out of the gates in a strong way. “I think they know we should be 3-0,” Reich says. “They are a smart team and they figure it out. All the celebrations are very subdued. We are heading into the meat of our schedule now and we are working to get better. This is a very a mature team.”

The Bulldogs will board the bus and hit the road once again next week as they travel to Salisbury, N.C. to take on their SAC rival, the Catawba College Indians. Catawba will head into the game with a record of 2-1 after winning consecutive games entering the matchup with Wingate.

Reich talked about the mindset of his team moving forward into a tough conference road game. “We just need to continue to get better every week,” Reich says. “It’s all about preparation for us. If we can prepare well, then we see the results on Saturdays. We haven’t really played a full game yet, but we are going to have to play a full game next week for sure.” The Bulldogs and Indians will kick off next Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.

Morehouse drops JCSU 37-35

Photo courtesy of JCSU Sports Information
Photo courtesy of JCSU Sports Information

Atlanta, Ga. (Sept. 19, 2015) –  Morehouse rode a big third quarter and held off a furious Johnson C. Smith fourth quarter rally to take a 37-35 nonconference win at B.T. Harvey Stadium on Saturday night.

The Golden Bulls defense set up their first touchdown when Carlo Thomas (East Orange, N.J.) picked off a Monquavious John pass at the 50, returning it 37 yards to the Morehouse 13 yard-line.  Two plays later, JCSU’s Tromecio Summers (Charlotte, N.C.) punched it in from five yards out.  The point-after from Erik Amaya (Kannapolis, N.C.) put the Golden Bulls up 7-0 at the 5:39 mark of the first quarter.

The Golden Bulls went up 14-0 following a seven play, 61 yard drive capped by a 25-yard over-the-shoulder reception by Fred Scott.  Scott beat his defender with a double move and hauled in the floating pass.

Morehouse was able to get on the board late in the first quarter when John connected with Don Cox for a 10 yard strike in the back of the end zone to make it 14-7 with just 1:14 left before halftime.  JCSU could not generate any more points and punted to the Morehouse 28.  Morehouse would rush for five yards and took the 14-7 lead into halftime.
The Maroon Tigers big third quarter started after JCSU missed a 40 yard field goal at the 9:33 mark.  On the first play after the miss, John found Justin Browning for a 77 yard touchdown pass.  The point after was clanked off the left upright as JCSU still held the 14-13 lead.  On the ensuing series, JCSU was forced to punt and Matias Lambrecht‘s (Venice, Fla.) punt was partially blocked, giving Morehouse good field position at the JCSU 22.  One play later, Morehouse went ahead after a 22 yard strike from John to Devon Martin.  The point after gave Morehouse the 20-14 lead with 7:05 remaining in the third.

The Morehouse defense forced an interception that eventually led to Martin’s second touchdown grab of the game, this time from 20 yards out to extend the Maroon Tiger lead to 26-14.
The Golden Bulls answered to make it 26-21 thanks to a six-play, 72 yard drive capped by a 30-yard Steve Reneau (Rialto, Ca.) touchdown reception on a well -executed screen pass .  On the kickoff Morehouse extended the lead to 34-21 following a 100 yard kickoff return from Amyr Smith.  The two-point conversion attempt was good, making it 34-21 Morehouse at the end of the third quarter.

JCSU would then embark on an 11 play, 75 yard drive to start the fourth quarter that ended on a  three-yard bootleg from freshman Harold Herbin (Fayetteville, N.C.) on a fourth and goal play.  Amaya’s extra point drew JCSU closer at 34-28 with 10:30 left.

The JCSU defense then limited Morehouse to a 20 yard field goal by Alexis Gonzales to make it 37-28 with 5:16 left.  On the next JCSU possession, the Golden  Bulls marched 83 yards in 11 plays to cut the lead to 37-35 thanks to a Fred Scott (Stone Mountain, Ga.) three yard scoring grab to pull within 37-35 with 3:12 left.

Morehouse was then forced to punt on a fourth and 13 but JCSU was flagged  on a questionable roughing the kicker penalty, giving Morehouse a fresh set of downs.  The Maroon Tigers were then able to melt the clock, thwarting the JCSU comeback and preserving the 37-35 win.

Offensively, freshman running back Desean Binyard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) carried 14 times for 78 yards while Herbin rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.  Tromecio Summers scored a touchdown and had 16 yards on five carries.

Fred Scott paced the JCSU receivers, hauling in seven catches for 108 yards and two scores while Eugene Holmes had five catches for 67 yards.  Steve Reneau caught one pass, good for 30 yards and his first career  touchdown.

Harold Herbin finished 22-for-40 for 274 yards and three touchdowns, throwing two interceptions on the evening.

Defensively, Austin Jacques (Springdale, Md.) anchored the JCSU defense, collecting 10 tackles on the night, including a sack, two and one-half  tackles-for-loss and one quarterback hurry.  Basir Wright (Douglasville, Ga.), Travon Leake-Anderson (Richmond, Va.) and Keith Darnell (Jonesboro, Ga.) each finished with six tackles each.  Carlo Thomas continued his solid play, by collecting his third interception of the season.  Thomas also had three stops and two pass breakups on the night.

JCSU plays in its third-straight road game next Saturday as it starts CIAA play at Virginia Union.  Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.

Davidson bye week

The Davidson Wildcats had a bye week and return to action Saturday to open up Pioneer Football League play at Morehead State in Kentucky.

Legion ball, 49ers football

Rowan hosts State Legion Tournament

legion logo

The North Carolina American Legion Baseball State Tournament begins Friday (July 24) at Newman Park in Salisbury at Catawba College.

Seven-time state champion and host Rowan County leads the eight-team field. Rowan is the Area III Champion after beating High Point in the playoffs.

Here is the schedule:

Friday Game 1 – Area II champion (Hope Mills) vs. Area IV runner-up (Caldwell County), 9 a.m. Game 2 – Area IV champion (Haywood County) vs. Area III No. 3 (Eastern Randolph), noon Game 3 – Area I champion (Garner) vs. Area III runner-up (High Point), 3 p.m. Game 4 – Host/Area III champion (Rowan County) vs. Area I runner-up (Wilson), 7 p.m.

Saturday Game 5 – Losers of Games 1 and 3, 9 a.m. Game 6 – Losers or Games 2 and 4, noon Game 7 – Winners of Games 1 and 3, 4 p.m. Game 8 – Winners of Games 2 and 4, 7 p.m.

Sunday Game 9 – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, noon Game 10 – Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 4 p.m. Game 11 – Winners of Games 7 and 8, 7 p.m.

Monday Game 12 – Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 1 p.m. Game 13 – Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7 p.m. Tuesday Game 14 – Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 1 p.m. Game 15 – if necessary.

Tournament passes are $40. Each session is $12. You can purchase tickets at WSAT Memories 1280 prior to the tournament, or purchase them at the gate.

Charlotte 49ers set to play C-USA football

Conference USA held its annual Media Day in Florida this week. Charlotte 49ers Coach Brad Lambert was on hand. Here is an interview recorded at the new American Sports Network studios.

The Charlotte 49ers open the season Sept. 4 at the Georgia Dome against Georgia State.

Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in the home stretch

It’s that time of year at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series when every lap and every point matters as drivers battle for a championship. With just two rounds remaining to decide the 2015 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Ser8es champions, Austin Hill, Robbie Faggart and John Holleman IV were among the drivers to score pivotal wins during Round 8 on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For complete results and a look ahead to Round 9 visit Radio Free Cabarrus

Playoffs, C-USA poll

Rowan County advances to the finals

Rowan County has advanced to the finals of the Area III American Legion Baseball playoffs and awaits tonight’s winner between High Point and Eastern Randolph. Below are scores from the last couple of days.

Wednesday, July 15                                                                                                                

Rowan Co.          9             Randolph Co.      4

Rowan Co. wins series 3 – 1.

High Point           19           Eastern Randolph 5

Eastern Randolph leads 2 – 1.

Thursday, July 16                                                         

High Point           5             Eastern Randolph             2

Series tied 2 – 2.

Friday, July 17                                                                                                            

Eastern Randolph (#3 seed)@ High Point (#2 seed)

Game 5 is being played at Trinity HS.

The winner plays Rowan County for the Area III American Legion Baseball title.

WKU picked to win, Charlotte 49ers 7th in C-USA poll

Courtesy Charlotte Sports Information
Courtesy Charlotte Sports Information

Lousiana Tech picked in the West

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WKU has been picked to win the 2015 East Division title, while Louisiana Tech was selected to repeat as West Division champions. The poll was conducted by a panel of media members that cover Conference USA schools.

WKU closed out last season with five consecutive victories, including a win in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl. In 2014, the Hilltoppers became the first FBS team to have a 4,500 yard passer and 1,500 yard rusher as senior QBBrandon Doughty threw for 4,830 and senior RB Leon Allen rushed for 1,542. Both players are back and Doughty, the 2014 C-USA MVP and Sammy Baugh Award winner, will also have four of his top six targets back in the fold. Nine starters, led by senior LB Nick Holt (111 tackles) are back to lead an experienced WKU defense.

Louisiana Tech reached the C-USA title game in its second year under head coach Skip Holtz and brings back six starters on offense and defense as it seeks a return trip. Senior RB Kenneth Dixon, the nation’s leading active rusher (3,410 yards) who scored 28 total touchdowns last year (22 rushing), leads an offense that welcomes a new signal-caller in Florida senior transfer Jeff Driskel as well as three returning starters at wide receiver. The defense boasts a talented secondary that has seen junior S Xavier Woods and senior CB Adarius Barnes each named to preseason award watch lists, while S Kentrell Brice led the team in tackles with 86.

Defending C-USA Champion Marshall, led by senior RB Devon Johnson (sixth in FBS with 1,767 yards and 17 rushing TDs) was picked second in the East, followed by Middle Tennessee and senior S Kevin Byard, the nation’s active leader in interceptions with 15. Rounding out the media picks in the East are Florida Atlantic, FIU, Old Dominion and newcomer Charlotte.

Rice, coming off three consecutive bowgames and led by senior QB Driphus Jackson (24 TDs in 2014), was selected second, followed by senior RB Aaron Jones (1,321 rushing yards and 14 TDs) and his UTEP Miners. Closing out the media picks in the West Division are Southern Miss, North Texas and UTSA, respectively.

The 11th annual Conference USA Football Championship Game, pitting the champions of the East and West Divisions, will be held Saturday, Dec. 5. The 2015 C-USA Football season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 3.

 

C-USA MEDIA MEMBERS PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

EAST DIVISION
1. WKU
2. Marshall
3. Middle Tennessee
4. Florida Atlantic
5. FIU
6. Old Dominion
7. Charlotte

WEST DIVISION
1. Louisiana Tech
2. Rice
3. UTEP
4. Southern Miss
5. North Texas
6. UTSA

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Shootout wins for Honeyman, Hugo; football news

Leland Honeyman pumps his fist in celebration after winning the Beginner Bandolero race during Tuesday night\'s second round of the Bojangles\' Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS/John Davison
Leland Honeyman pumps his fist in celebration after winning the Beginner Bandolero race during Tuesday night’s second round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS/John Davison

CONCORD, N.C. (June 16, 2015) – Charlotte-area mascots took over the frontstretch quarter-mile oval of Charlotte Motor Speedway as Hugo the Hornet scored the win in the third round of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series. Devin O’Connell and Daniel Wilk were among the winners in the full slate of Legend Car and Bandolero feature events on Tuesday night.

Lug Nut, the world’s fastest mascot, was defeated in the Mascot Mania go-kart race as Hugo the Hornet took home the win in the furriest feature of the evening. The Charlotte Hornets mascot paced the field for most of the race, crossing the line ahead of RevPar of the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau in second and Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers in third.

Rounding out the field was Big Stuff from Winthrop University, Blue from Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse, Bo from Bojangles’, Norm the Niner from UNC Charlotte, Lug Nut, Chubby Checker with the Charlotte Checkers and Tim E. Gator from the Kannapolis Intimidators.

O’Connell raced his way to the checkered flag in Tuesday night’s Semi-Pro feature. After reaching the 20-minute time limit, the 25-lap race was called after lap 11. Joe Graf Jr. was the leader for the first six laps of the race while O’Connell battled neck-and-neck with Sheldon Crouse before taking the second position. O’Connell was able to take the lead from Graf on lap 7 prior to a wreck in Turn 3 involving Riley Herbst and held on to the top spot after the caution, cruising to the victory. Crouse and Jensen Jorgensen finished second and third, respectively.

There was a tough start for the LiveWell Homes Bandolero Bandits feature Tuesday evening as multiple cautions marred the beginning of the race. There were fierce battles between Wilk, DJ Canipe and Cameron Bolen throughout the 20-lap feature, but it would be Wilk who crossed the line to win his third race of the season. Canipe finished second, followed by Bolen.

Other winners included Leland Honeyman in the Beginner Bandits division, Michael Torres in the Legend Car Pro division, Ashton Higgins in the Bandolero Outlaws division, Ryan Millington in the Young Lions division and Tom Pistone in the Security Force Legend Car Masters division.

The Bojangles’ Summer Shootout racing action continues at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, June 23, with Media Mayhem. Media members will take to the track in what has become one of the most fiercely contested and highly anticipated school bus races of the summer. Fans are encouraged to come out and watch their favorite local media personality’s search for a victory, alongside the Legend and Bandolero cars on the front-stretch quarter mile.

For more information on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout Series call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit the website.

The unofficial results:

Beginner Bandolero (16 laps): 1. Leland Honeyman; 2. Mason Dejarnett; 3. Landon Rapp; 4. Stanley Hays; 5. Carson Fisher; 6. David Selvik; 7. Josh Speas; 8. Jacob Gantz; 9. Jake Putman; 10. Trevor Westor

Disqualified: Autumn Weaver; Tyler Bartoszewicz

Young Lions (20 laps): 1. Ryan Millington; 2. Chase Purdy; 3. Dawson Cram; 4. Alex Reece; 5. Jacob Heafner; 6. Austin Green; 7. Eddie Fatscher; 8. Jack Fread; 9. Ryo Ogata; 10. Garrett Manes; 11. Conner Snow; 12. Justin Taylor

Pro (25 laps): 1. Michael Torres; 2. Dylan Faggart; 3. Carson Ferguson; 4. Joey Padgett; 5. Jared Irvan; 6. Zane Smith; 7. Evan Swilling; 8. Greg Lang; 9. Jordan Black; 10. Alex Murray; 11. Reid Wilson; 12. Josh Williams

Outlaws (16 laps): 1. Ashton Higgins; 2. Trevor Rizzo; 3. Austin Powell; 4. Mathew Davey; 5. Blaise Brinkley; 6. Matthew Emery; 7. Jordan Plummer; 8. Liz Montgomery; 9. Seth Henry; 10. Elysia Potter; 11. Gracie Trotter; 12. Matthew Eades; 13. Austin Geer; 14. Roy Hayes; 15. Enrique Limon; 16. John Legg; 17. Tristan Lesik

Legend Car Semi-Pro (11 laps): 1. Devin O’Connell; 2. Sheldon Crouse; 3. Jensen Jorgensen; 4. Jake Tretow; 5. Conner Pyle; 6. Scott Joy; 7. Sprout Royal; 8. Riley Herbest; 9. Joe Graf Jr.; 10. John Holleman IV; 11. Austin Langenstein; 12. Stevie Johns Jr.; 13. Andrew Farraah; 14. Jeremy Fuller; 15. Joshua Plummer; 16. Craig Biryla; 17. Taylor Jorgensen; 18. Enrique Limon; Joe Gregory.

LiveWell Homes Bandits (20 laps): 1. Daniel Wilk; 2. DJ Canipe; 3. Cameron Bolen; 4. William Robusto; 5. Carson Kvapil; 6. Tommy Good; 7. Isabella Robusto; 8. Mini Tyrell; 9. Bryson Ruff; 10. Ryan Israel; 11. Dylan Notaro; 12. Jaiden Reyna; 13. Hunter Hutchens; 14. Blake Cisneros; 15. George Hayes; 16. Josh Kossek.

Security Force Masters (25 laps): 1. Tom Pistone; 2. Scott Whitaker; 3. Mark Green; 4.Tom Sherman; 5. Carl Cormier; 6. Chip Ferguson; 7. Bruce Silver; 8. Jan Ingram; 9. Jamie Smith; 10. Dan Keaton; 11. Herman Towe; 12. Rom Mander

Disqualified: Robbie Faggart

ASN to broadcast six 49ers Games

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — The Charlotte 49ers, who will make their debut on the FBS level as a member of Conference USA this fall, will have the bulk of their games available to televised audiences across the nation as part of their extensive television package.

The American Sports Network (ASN), a Conference USA television partner that distributes games throughout the country, has selected and assigned game times for six 49ers games.  Clearance information for individual ASN games will be available as game dates approach.  ASN selected three 49ers home games and three road games for its television package.  Four other 49ers games had already been selected for national broadcast by ESPNU, CBS Sports Network and FOX networks.  All six of the 49ers home games have been selected by a C-USA television partner.

ASN will produce the 49ers home opener vs. Presbyterian, Sept. 12 at 12 noon; the 49ers first C-USA home game vs. FAU,Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.; and the 49ers Homecoming game, vs. Southern Miss on Oct. 24 at 12 noon.  ASN will also broadcast road games at Old Dominion (Oct. 17; 3:30 p.m.), at FIU (Nov. 7; 12 noon) and at Rice (Nov. 28; 3:30 p.m.).

Charlotte will have its season-opener at Georgia State televised on ESPNU, Friday, Sept. 4 at 3:30.  The 49ers will host Temple, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in a non-conference game televised by CBS Sports Network.  Two conference games: vs. Marshall, Oct. 31 and vs. UTSA, Nov. 14 will be televised on a to-be-determined FOX network with games times yet to be set.  The television details for the 49ers road games at Middle Tennessee and Kentucky have not been released yet.

Union Power joins Gridiron Clash

The source for football news in Union County
The source for football news in Union County

MONROE, N.C. – Union Power Cooperative is the new title sponsor for the The Union Power Cooperative Gridiron Clash presented by ESPN Radio 730 AM set for Sept. 4 and 5.

151 Sports Marketing made the announcement Tuesday. The four-game high school football series will be held at Monroe High School’s stadium.

“This showcase demonstrates Union Power’s continued commitment to our local schools,” said Greg Andress, executive vice president and general manager of Union Power. “Union Power awards more than $35,000 each year to local students and teachers through  Bright Ideas educational grants, college scholarships and the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Union Power is pleased to be a part of this and other events that benefit the students and teachers in our communities.”

Here are this year’s games:

Friday, Sept. 4

Pinecrest versus Cuthbertson 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 5

South Mecklenburg versus Porter Ride noon

Charlotte Christian versus Weddington 4 p.m.

Hunter Huss versus Monroe 8 p.m.

Battle for Bell on live TV

Time Warner will be broadcasting the annual Battle for the Bell live Thursday, Aug. 20, from Memorial Stadium in Kannapolis. It will be part of the Great American Rivalries Series.

The Independent Tribune has all the details about this year’s game and the broadcast.

Concord has beaten A.L. Brown in the last three straight games.

 

Charlotte 49ers games on C-USA FOX/CBS TV slate

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Preliminary TV Package Tabs Home Games vs. Temple; Marshall and UTSA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte 49ers, who are moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2015 as a member of Conference USA, will have three of its home games broadcast on the FOX and CBS family of networks, according to the preliminary Conference USA TV package, released today.

The 49ers non-conference home game vs. Temple, Friday, Oct. 2 will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network. In addition, the 49ers home games vs. Marshall (Sat., Oct. 31) and UTSA (Sat., Nov. 14) will be broadcast on a yet to be determined FOX network. Game times and networks for those games will be released 12 days prior to the game date.

The Conference USA TV package lands nationally televised games on FOX Sports 1, Fox Sports Net (FSN), FOX College Sports, CBS Sports Network, American Sports Network (ASN) and ESPN. The ASN schedule of 30 games will be announced later this summer. Additional games where Conference USA members are the visiting school will be added, as well.

Games broadcast by the 49ers local TV partner, WCCB Charlotte, will be released once the league package is finalized.

The 2015 football season marks the fifth year of a multi-platform media rights agreement between Conference USA and FOX Sports to broadcast a minimum of 30 games. Games appear on FOX Sports 1, as well as FOX Sports Networks owned and affiliated regional networks, which reach more than 85 million homes, and FOX College Sports.

This season marks the 11th year of C-USA’s partnership with CBS Sports Network that includes significant national and regional exposure for football, men’s and women’s basketball and other C-USA sports. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports available across the country.

“We are pleased that we will have so many of our football games on television and distributed to C-USA fans throughout the country,” said Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky. “We are looking forward to an exciting conference season that our fans will be able to watch play out this fall.”

Charlotte 49ers head coach Brad Lambert welcomes 16 starters back for the 2015 campaign, including 1,000-yard rusher Kalif Phillips, who scored a school-record 20 touchdowns and 1,000-yard receiver Austin Duke, who added 10 TDs. Also returning are leading tackler Branden Dozier (86 tackles) and nosetackle Larry Ogunjobi, who led the 49ers with 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks.

Three 49ers on Phil Steele’s Preseason Team
The Charlotte 49ers, who will make their FBS debut as a member of Conference USA in 2015, landed three players on Phil Steele’s Preseason Conference USA Teams.

Junior kicker Blake Brewer (Concord, N.C.) and red-shirt junior receiver Austin Duke (Charlotte, N.C.) were named to the publication’s third team. Junior running back Kalif Phillips (Kannapolis, N.C.) earned a fourth-team nod.

Brewer hits 18-of-25 field goal attempts (.720) and was 46-of-49 on extra points. He hit 82% of his field goals inside the 40 (14-of-17) and hit 2-of-4 from 50 or more yards, including a school-record kick of 51 vs. Morehead State. He scored a total of 100 points as a sophomore for the 49ers.

Duke was the 49ers leading receiver for the second straight year. He caught 79 passes for 1373 yards (124.8 yards per game) to become the program’s first-ever 1,000-yard receiver. He had a record six 100-yard receiving games, including two games in which he went for more than 200 yards. He scored 10 touchdowns (9 receiving) and had seven TD receptions of 60 or more yards, including a record 98-yard TD vs. James Madison that stands as the 49ers longest play from scrimmage. He scored a school-record four touchdowns at The Citadel (3 receiving; 1 rushing), had a string of six games with a receiving TD and broke the 49ers school-record for longest TD pass in four consecutive games (74 vs. #25 Charleston Southern; 80 at Gardner-Webb; 83 at Citadel; 98 vs. James Madison).

Phillips became the 49ers first 1,000-yard rusher and scored a record 20 touchdowns as a sophomore. He rushed for 1441 yards (131.0 per game) on 229 carries. He had seven 100-yard rushing games and rushed for 150 or more in each of the final five games. In addition, he rushed for a school-record 196 yards vs. #25 Charleston Southern. He had a record three rushing TDs in four games and scored 10 touchdowns over the final five-game streak in which he scored at least one TD. He had three TD scores of 50 or more yards, including a record 77-yard TD run vs. CSU. He had 25 carries of 15 or more yards, including three of 50-plus.

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Regular season finales at Davidson, Charlotte

Davidson wins first two from Richmond

49ers split with UTSA, need win today

The Davidson Wildcats beat the Richmond Spider 4-3 Thursday and 22-7 Friday to move to 14-9 in Atlantic 10. It puts the Wildcats within a game of first place in the conference standings and virtually clinches a spot in next week’s A10 Conference Tournament. Only the top seven teams make the tournament.

The regular season finale is at noon Saturday at Wilson Field. Get all the details at Davidson Wildcats dot Com

Charlotte beat UTSA 4-3 Thursday, but fell 15-3 on Friday, setting up today’s finale at Hayes Stadium at 1 p.m. The 49ers need a win to clinch a spot in the C-USA Baseball Tournament. Get all the details at Charlotte 49ers dot com

Highlights from the first two games against UTSA are below.


 

Big weekend series for both Charlotte, Davidson

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Photo by Charlotte 49ers Sports Information

Charlotte 49ers battling to make C-USA tournament

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte baseball will host UTSA in the final Conference USA series of the year, wrapping up the 2015 regular season, in hopes of qualifying for the C-USA Tournament to be held at Southern Miss next week. The Niners are one of six teams still alive for the three final berths in the annual tournament.

To get in next week, the Niners will need to take at-least two from UTSA at home this weekend and have help from other teams and their series outcomes. Close to a dozen scenarios are still to be determined based on this weekend’s Thursday-Saturday series in Conference USA. Charlotte did take two-of-three from UTSA on the road in San Antonio last year.

The complete schedule, stats and series preview are on Charlotte49ers.

Davidson battles Richmond for spot in A10 tournament

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson baseball team will cap off the regular season with its final home series against the Richmond Spiders starting Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wilson Field.

The series is crucial for both teams as it determines fate in the Atlantic 10 Championship, which begins next week at George Mason starting Wednesday, May 20. The top seven A-10 teams qualify for the Championship with the No. 1 seed receiving a bye.

Get all the details at Davidson Wildcats dot Com

A10 Assists: Davidson wins community service challenge

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Davidson College athletics has won the second-annual Atlantic 10 Conference Assists Challenge, completing over 19,000 hours of community service during the 2014-15 academic year. In all, student-athletes and staff at the 14 A-10 member institutions completed 71,848 community service hours, three times more than last year.

An amazing number by itself, the record-breaking hours is a fitting finish in a landmark year for the Atlantic 10 SAAC, which included increased involvement in all levels of collegiate athletic administration, heavy participation in the It’s On Us Campaign and an annual video competition that saw high participation numbers.

Read more about the A10 Assists challenge