First Posted: 9/10/2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Former Richmond Senior linebacker Phillip LeGrande did not post big numbers in Wofford’s home opener against Lincoln (Pa.), it didn’t matter.
The senior recorded a tackle assist and a pass breakup as the rest of his teammates chipped in as the Terriers rolled past the Lions 82-0.
For the second straight week, Wofford (2-0) went over the 400-yard mark on the ground. The Terriers ran for 449 against the Lions, after recording 402 against Gardner-Webb in the season opener.
Wofford will open Southern Conference play 7 p.m. Saturday when Western Carolina visits Gibbs Stadium.
WAKE FOREST 28, NORTH CAROLINA 27
WINSTON-SALEM — Justin Jackson recorded a team-high nine tackles and had a sack on North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner as Wake Forest rallied for a 28-27 victory.
The redshirt junior linebacker leads the Demon Deacons with two sacks for the season and is second on the squad in tackles with 16. The former Richmond Senior standout also has one pass breakup on the year.
Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price scored on a 1-yard sneak with just over two minutes left in the game to give his team the win.
The Demon Deacons will look to improve to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play when they travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to face Florida State at noon Saturday.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN 27, SC STATE 14
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — South Carolina State jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter before Bethune-Cookman rallied for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.
The Wildcats scored 27 unanswered points to post a 27-14 win behind Isidore Jackson’s 88 rushing yards. Jackson added a 4-yard scamper for a touchdown for Bethune-Cookman (2-0, 1-0).
Former Richmond Senior standout Andrew Carter started at defensive end for the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1) and registered a tackle for a loss. Antoine Crouch, Derrick Wiley and Tedarrius Wiley were not listed on the participation chart.
South Carolina State will return to action 9:30 p.m. Saturday when it travels to face Pac-12 member Arizona. The Wildcats are ranked 24th in the latest AP poll after upsetting then No. 18 Oklahoma State.
GEORGIA TECH 59, PRESBYTERIAN 3
ATLANTA — Former Durham Hillside star Vad Lee ran for one touchdown and passed for another to lead Georgia Tech to a 59-3 victory over Presbyterian.
The Yellow Jackets had 712 total yards of offense, including 469 on the ground in routing the Blue Hose. Presbyterian avoided a shutout when Aaron Mayes booted a 30-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in the contest.
Dakota Truett, a former Richmond offensive lineman, was not listed on the participation chart in the game.
Presbyterian (1-1) will head to Nashville at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to battle Southeastern Conference member Vanderbilt.
APPALACHIAN STATE 35, MONTANA 27
BOONE — In a battle of top 10 teams in the FCS, the contest between Appalachian State and Montana was not decided until the final 20 seconds.
Trailing by eight, Montana quarterback Tyler McKinney tried to connect with receiver Mitch Salyor deep in Appalachian State territory, but the Mountaineers’ Demetrius McCray stepped in front of the pass to seal a 35-27 win.
Former Richmond offensive lineman Alex Coulthard was listed as playing on the participation sheet, while Andy Shuler did not see action.
Appalachian State (1-1) will return to action 3:30 p.m. Saturday in its Southern Conference opener as The Citadel visits Kidd Brewer Stadium.
UNC PEMBROKE 31, FAYETTEVILLE STATE 21
PEMBROKE — Former Richmond wide receiver John Rich had a team-high 44 receiving yards on three catches to help the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to a 31-21 victory over Fayetteville State in the annual Two Rivers Cup contest.
L.J. Stroman added three tackles for the Braves (1-1). On the other side of the field, former Richmond offensive lineman Kevin Alfonso started at guard for the Broncos (0-2).
Other former Raiders in the contest Justin Watts (UNCP) and Chris Diggs (FSU) were not listed on the participation sheet.
UNCP will travel to face Wingate at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, while Fayetteville State will open its home schedule with Virginia Union at 6 p.m. Saturday.
CATAWBA 49, LIVINGSTONE 17
SALISBURY — BJ Sherrill threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start to lead Catawba to a 49-17 win over Livingstone to retain the Mayor’s Cup Trophy.
After a penalty, Sherrill connected with Payton McCollum for a 57-yard scoring play on the first official snap of the contest to ignite the Indians’ offense. Former Richmond Raider Andrew Parsons started at left guard for Catawba (2-0).
Catawba will begin its South Atlantic Conference slate when it travels to face Newberry at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
CAMPBELL 10, VIRGINIA-WISE 0
BUIES CREEK — Braden Smith was 21 of 33 for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Josh Williams rushed for 89 yards on 23 carries to lead Campbell to a 10-0 win over Virginia-Wise Saturday night.
Smith connected with Alex Green for the game’s only touchdown with just under 9 minutes remaining in the contest. Campbell’s Sam Eberwein broke a scoreless tie with a 21-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
Former Richmond offensive lineman Corey Smart was not listed on the participation sheet for the Fighting Camels.
Campbell will hit the road to face Old Dominion at 6 p.m. Saturday.
SOUTHERN VIRGINIA 24, NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN 14
BUENA VISTA, Va. — One week after being named USA South’s Offensive Rookie of the Week, former Richmond Senior standout Laron Ellerbe struggled against Southern Virginia.
Ellerbe was 8-for-17 for 71 yards and one interception and was held to 11 yards on five carries as the Battling Bishops lost to the Knights 24-14. Ellerbe split time under center with John Jackson, who threw for 196 yards and one interception.
In the season opener, Ellerbe had 177 yards of total offense and one touchdown as North Carolina Wesleyan edged Ohio Northern 16-13 in overtime.
The Battling Bishops (1-1) will travel to Salisbury, Md. to face nationally-ranked Salisbury University at 1 p.m. Saturday.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at [email protected]