WINSTON-SALEM — Redshirt junior linebacker Justin Jackson recorded seven tackles, one sack and one pass breakup to help Wake Forest escape with a 20-17 victory over Liberty.
The former Richmond Senior standout was credited with three solo tackles in the contest.
The Demon Deacons trailed the Flames 14-7 late in the third quarter when A.J. Marshall intercepted a pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown to spark Wake Forest to the win.
North Carolina will visit BB&T Field at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Tar Heels routed Elon 62-0 in their season opener.
WOFFORD 34, GARDNER-WEBB 7
BOILING SPRINGS — Former Richmond linebacker Phillip LeGrande started his senior campaign on the right foot by notching seven tackles, two sacks, a pass breakup and forced a fumble as Wofford breezed to a 34-7 win over Gardner-Webb.
The Terriers ran for 402 yards in the contest, while limiting the Running Bulldogs to 12. Eric Breitenstein rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Wofford will play host to Lincoln University in its home opener at 7 p.m. Saturday.
EAST CAROLINA 35, APPALACHIAN STATE 13
GREENVILLE — East Carolina scored the game’s final 21 points in a 35-13 win over Appalachian State in the season opener for both schools.
The Mountaineers trimmed the deficit to 14-13 with 2:35 in the third quarter on Drew Stewart’s 41-yard field goal, before Lance Ray returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
Former Richmond players Alex Coulthard and Andy Shuler did not participate in the contest for Appalachian State. The Mountaineers will begin their home schedule when Montana visits Kidd Brewer Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
S.C. STATE 33, GEORGIA STATE 6
ATLANTA — Former Richmond defensive lineman Andrew Carter had four tackles and a sack as South Carolina State rolled past Georgia State 33-6.
Another former Richmond standout, Derrick Wiley, returned from a knee injury in the contest. Wiley did not record any statistics but participated in the win.
Richard Cue, who beat out Wiley in the battle for the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback job, passed for a career-high 300 yards and three touchdowns.
South Carolina State also features Tedarrius Wiley and Antoine Crouch. Neither of the former Raiders were listed on the participation sheet.
WINSTON-SALEM STATE 28, UNCP 23
WINSTON-SALEM — L.J. Stroman had three tackles, one for a loss and John Rich grabbed one pass for five yards but it wasn’t enough as the University of North Carolina at Pembroke fell at Winston-Salem State 28-23.
Former Richmond player Justin Watts did not see action in the game according to the participation sheet.
UNCP will battle Fayetteville State 6 p.m. Saturday in the fourth annual Two Rivers Classic at Grace P. Johnson Stadium.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL 54, FAYETTEVILLE STATE 31
DURHAM — Freshman Christopher Diggs was credited with two tackle assists in Fayetteville State’s season-opening loss to North Carolina Central.
Former Richmond offensive lineman Kevin Alfonso, who transferred to Fayetteville State from Catawba, was expected to start for the Broncos.
Fayetteville State will travel to face UNCP at 6 p.m. Saturday in the fourth annual Two Rivers Classic.
CATAWBA 24, WEST LIBERTY 3
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. — The Catawba defense tied a school mark with 11 sacks in a 24-3 season-opening win over West Liberty.
The Indians rushed for 126 yards on 39 attempts behind former Richmond lineman Andrew Parsons, who started at left guard in the contest.
Catawba will play host to Livingstone at 7 p.m. Saturday.
PRESBYTERIAN 45, BREVARD 10
CLINTON, S.C. — Presbyterian rolled up 430 yards of offense and was 4-for-4 in the red zone to post a 45-10 win over Brevard in the season opening for both teams.
Former Richmond offensive lineman Dakota Truett did not play in the contest according to the participation sheet.
The Blue Hose will travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech 7 p.m. Saturday.
SHORTER 31, CAMPBELL 20
BUIES CREEK — Campbell was unable to overcome four fumbles in the first quarter in a 31-20 loss to Shorter in the Fighting Camels’ first home night game.
Former Richmond offensive lineman Corey Smart did not see action according to the participation sheet.
Virginia Wise will visit Ed Gore Field/Barker-Lane Stadium at 6 p.m. Saturday.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com