DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware State scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to pull away for a 31-17 victory over South Carolina State in a MEAC clash.
The Hornets recorded 399 total yards as Nick Elko threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Nagee Jackson ran for a career-high 106 yards and a touchdown.
Delaware State (3-3, 2-1) forced three South Carolina State turnovers in the win. The Bulldogs only offensive score came on a 10-yard pass from Richard Cue to Temarrick Hemingway. The other touchdown was a result of Justin Hughes recovering a Delaware State fumble in the end zone.
Former Richmond Senior star Derrick Wiley started at quarterback for South Carolina State and was 12-of-22 for 105 yards and two interceptions. Wiley also rushed 12 times for 25 yards. Andrew Carter was credited with four tackles. Tedarius Wiley and Antoine Crouch were not listed as playing according to the participation sheet.
The Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3) will return to action 6 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Florida A&M in a MEAC showdown.
CHARLESTON 42, UNCP 30
PEMBROKE — Jordan Roberts had 327 all-purpose yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to lead Charleston to a 42-30 upset of No. 24 University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Roberts rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns as well as adding a 31-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option in the win.
The loss snapped the Braves’ five-game winning streak and dropped them to 5-2 overall. The Golden Eagles improve to 6-1.
Former Richmond wide receiver John Rich caught two pass for 22 yards, while L.J. Stroman recorded eight tackles, including a sack.
UNCP will welcome Carson-Newman to Grace P. Johnson Stadium 2 p.m. Saturday.
LIBERTY 56, PRESBYTERIAN 7
CLINTON, S.C. — Aldreakis Allen scored four rushing touchdowns and three more Liberty players each ran for one apiece in a 56-7 rout of Presbyterian.
Allen finished the contest with 183 yards on 13 carries as the Flames rolled up 492 rushing yards against the Blue Hose. Sirchauncey Holloway added 128 yards and a touchdown on 12 touches in the victory.
Liberty was 20 for 27 as a team passing for 263 yards and a touchdown. The Flames improve to 2-4 on the season and 2-0 in the Big South, while the Blue Hose fall to 2-5, 0-2.
Presbyterian racked up 257 yards of total offense in the contest. In his first collegiate start, Kaleb Griffin was 28-of-38 for 194 yards and a touchdown.
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Dakota Truett was not listed as seeing action according to the participation sheet.
Presbyterian will return to the gridiron 1:30 p.m. Saturday when it travels to Charleston Southern in a Big South clash.
APPALACHIAN STATE 28, SAMFORD 25
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Sean Price reeled in Jamal Jackson’s pass with 22 seconds left in the game for the game-winning score to lift Appalachian State to a 28-25 Southern Conference win over Samford.
The winning drive was set up by the Mountaineers’ defense which stopped the Bulldogs on two consecutive running plays to force a punt with 1:33 remaining in the contest.
Steven Miller racked up 186 all-purpose yards for Appalachian State (5-2, 3-1), while Jackson was 22-of-39 for 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Samford scored 15 unanswered points in the second half to take a 25-21 lead in an attempt to defeat the Mountaineers for the first time since 1970.
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Alex Coulthard was listed as playing according to the participation sheet, while Andy Shuler did not play.
Appalachian State will play host to Wofford at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a SoCon contest.
MARS HILL 35, CATAWBA 28
MARS HILL — Mars Hill jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead and watched as Catawba chipped away at the deficit but held on for a 35-28 South Atlantic Conference win.
The Lions led 28-7 when the Indians scored twice in a 3:19 span as Nate Charest played a hand in both scores. Charest caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from B.J. Sherrill for the first touchdown in this stretch before tossing a 24-yard strike to Jarried McKinney for the other score.
After watching its advantage sliced to seven, Jon Richt connected with Deunta Jennings for his fourth touchdown pass of the day to seal the victory for Mars Hill (5-2, 4-0).
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Andrew Parsons started at left guard for Catawba (3-4, 1-3).
The Indians will travel to Wingate 1:30 p.m. Saturday to face the Bulldogs in a conference clash.
SAN DIEGO 44, CAMPBELL 0
SAN DIEGO — San Diego limited Campbell to six first downs and 79 yards of total offense in a 44-0 blowout.
The Toreros rolled up 516 yards of total offense in the win, led by Dallas Kessman, who ran for 77 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries. He also had three catches for 19 yards.
San Diego quarterback Mason Mills went 19 for 20 passing for 217 yards. Campbell quarterback Dakota Wolf was 14-of-23 for 58 yards in the loss.
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Corey Smart did not play according to the participation sheet.
Campbell will return to the gridiron 6 p.m. Saturday when Davidson travels to Buies Creek for the Fighting Camels’ homecoming contest.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 17, WOFFORD 9
STATESBORO, Ga. — In a battle of two of the best rushing teams on the FCS level, Georgia Southern ran for 265 yards to edge Wofford 17-9 in a Southern Conference contest.
Dominique Swope rushed for 137 yards and both of his team’s touchdowns.
The loss was the first for the Terriers, which falls to 5-1 and 3-1. The Eagles improve to 5-1 and 4-1.
Georgia Southern didn’t attempt a single pass in the victory and limited Wofford to 4-for-15 on third down.
Former Richmond Raider linebacker Phillip LeGrande was credited with six tackles for the Terriers.
Wofford will take on Appalachian State in a SoCon contest 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Boone.
FERRUM 51, NC WESLEYAN 35
FERRUM, Va. — Despite having one of its best offensive contests of the season, North Carolina Wesleyan was unable to pick up a USA South victory.
Ferrum College recorded 585 in total yards en route to a 51-35 win over the Battling Bishops.
Panthers quarterback Tim Reynolds threw for two touchdowns and added another on the ground. Reynolds finished the game 11-of-23 for 258 yards, while running for 133 yards on 16 carries. Tyler Brubaker chipped in with 95 rushing yards and a score.
Ferrum ups its record to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in league play.
North Carolina Wesleyan quarterback John Jackson went 31 for 61 for 335 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Greg Edwards snagged two of Jackson’s scoring tosses.
Former Richmond Senior quarterback Laron Ellerbe was listed as playing in the contest according to the participation sheet.
The Battling Bishops (1-5, 0-3) will play host to Greensboro College 1 p.m. Saturday.
JOHNSON C. SMITH 35, FAYETTEVILLE STATE 18
FAYETTEVILLE — Despite a career-high 129 yards from running back Colon Bailey Jr., Fayetteville State was unable to snap its losing skid, falling to Johnson C. Smith 35-18.
The Broncos have now lost four in a row to fall to 1-6 overall and 1-4 in CIAA action. The Golden Bulls are now 3-4 and 2-2.
After spotting Johnson C. Smith a 21-point first-half lead, Fayetteville State trimmed the margin to 28-18 with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter. However, the Golden Bulls’ Keahn Wallace found Jimmy Drye for a 2-yard touchdown to clinch the victory.
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Kevin Alfonso started the game at center for Fayetteville State. Chris Diggs was listed as playing for the Broncos, but didn’t record any statistics on defense.
Fayetteville State will play Saint Augustine’s at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Raleigh.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.