Dequan Swann (LCHS) saw the fruits of his labor finally pay off as he earned his first start at wide receiver for North Carolina A&T. Swann made the best of it pulling in two receptions for 26 yards in helping the Aggies improve to 3-0 on the season with a 27-19 Thursday night win over Howard University. This is the Aggies best start to a season in the past 12 years. Last season, Swann played in 10 games, recording a punt return for 19 yards against South Carolina State, a blocked punt against West Virginia Sate and two solo tackles with two assists on special teams. NC A&T will travel to Atlanta on Saturday to face South Carolina State in the Atlanta Football Classic slated to kick off at 3:30 p.m.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and the 16th-ranked UNC Pembroke Braves sailed into unchartered waters as their 38-10 Parents Weekend victory over Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCollum (SLHS) and Wingate University (1-2) moved the Braves' program to a record of 4-0 for the first time in school history. The UNCP defense, nicknamed “Code Black,” registered a program-tying eight quarterback sacks while holding Wingate to 127 yards of total offense. Elliott had a banner day, which included an interception return for a 49-yard touchdown, a tackle for a two-yard loss and three solo tackles. For the Bulldogs, true freshman Brian Stryffeler got his second start of the season at right tackle on the offensive line. The Braves will be off this week and then make the short trip up U.S. 74 to battle first-year Division 1 Championship series program UNC Charlotte on Oct. 12, while Wingate will host Newberry on Saturday for Family Day with a 1:30 kickoff.
Chase Arrington (LCHS) and the 25th-ranked Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (4-1) tacked on another win dismantling Point University, 55-7. The Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2002. Gardner-Webb hits the road again next Saturday, traveling to face UNC Charlotte at noon in Jerry Richardson Stadium.
In the first “Battle of the Owls," Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic University (1-4, 0-1) came up on the short end of an 18-14 score to Rice. Stryffeler registered two solo tackles in the loss. FAU will travel to Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday to face UAB for a 3 p.m. kickoff.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University (1-3, 0-1) dropped their conference opener to Valparaiso as the Crusaders won 49-42 in OT. Campell attempted a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete as the regulation time expired sending the game into overtime. Brown started at center for Campbell helping the Fighting Camel offense amass 567 yards of total offense. Campbell returns to Buies Creek on Saturday as they host Morehead State at 1 p.m. and will celebrate Family Day.
Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University (1-3, 0-1) had their homecoming weekend spoiled by N.C. Wesleyan as the Battling Bishops snuck away with a 27-24 victory. Reives finished the day recording one solo tackle. Averett will be on the road Saturday as it travels to Tennessee to face Maryville College for a 1:30 kickoff.
Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College (1-3, 0-1) dropped their conference opener falling to LaGrange, 35-21. The Pride will travel to Ferrum College on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.
T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College (1-3, 0-1) suffered a 41-28 loss to North Greenville. The Tornados will travel to Hickory on Saturday to face Lenoir-Rhyne College in a 2 p.m. game.
Tristan Johnson (LCHS) and the Carolina Hawks (2-6) picked up a win Saturday as the Carolina Heat was unable to play and had to forfeit its game. The Hawks will now claim the third spot in the CCFL playoffs and will face the Charlotte Colts.
Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford College (1-2) enjoyed a mid-season bye last week and will return to action Saturday as they travel to Washington and Lee for a 7 p.m. game.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) scored his first collegiate goal for Lynchburg College (3-4-1, 1-1), however, the Hornets lost to Christopher Newport, 3-1. Grossfuss’s goal came at the 38:29 mark and would be Lynchburg’s only score on the day. The Hornets would lose their second contest of the week to Washington and Lee, 4-2. In that game, Grossfuss was second on the team in shots with four, registering two shots on goal. The Hornets will be on the road this week as they travel to Hampden-Sydney today for a 7 p.m. match and then travel to Shenandoah for a Friday game.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (5-5, 2-0) opened Atlantic Sun Conference play last week by picking up victories over Lipscomb, 2-1, and Northern Kentucky, 2-0. Sturdivant played all 90 minutes in both games, collecting her fourth shutout of the season against Northern Kentucky. The Owls will be on the road this week for conference games traveling to Spartanburg, S.C., Friday night to face USC Upstate and then to Johnson City, Tenn., on Sunday to face East Tennessee State.
Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University (4-5, 2-0) opened Big South Conference play by collecting two wins, a 6-0 blowout of VMI and a 1-0 victory over Gardner-Webb. Davis saw action as a defender against VMI. The Panthers will continue conference play this week with a two-game homestand as they host Winthrop on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Cherry (SLHS) and Mount Olive College were off this week, and will travel to Lehigh University to compete in the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday.
Women’s Cross Country
Keeley Wood (SLHS) of Wingate University (3-0) and Ashley Matthews (Grace) of Lee University were both off last week, but will travel to Louisville, Ky., Saturday to participate in the Greater Louisville Cross Country Challenge.
Mollie Schrull (LCHS) and Meredith College were off last week, but will travel to Pleasant Garden to compete in the Hagan Stone Invitational on Saturday.
Micah Lawrence and Barton College will continue second-round play today in the King Invitational hosted by King University in Bristol, Tenn.