Darcus Elliott (NHS) recovered two fumbles, returning one 21 yards in helping 13th-ranked UNC Pembroke upset NCAA Division 1 UNC Charlotte 45-22, keeping the Braves' perfect season alive at 5-0. Starting at outside linebacker, Elliott also registered two solo tackles and a pass breakup, while Ashton Gaines (SLHS) saw some action in the game as well. Also enjoying the win were local players Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS) and Pete West (LCHS). UNCP quarterback, Luke Charles threw for a school-record 403 yards on 43-of-57 passing, finding the end zone three times. The Braves will be on the road on Saturday as they travel to Catawba for a 1:30 kickoff.
Marshall nailed a 42-yard field goal as time expired to allow the Thundering Herd to sneak away with a 24-23 victory over Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic University (2-5, 1-2). The Owls had led by 10 points with 10 minutes remaining before Marshall staged its comeback in front of the second largest crowd to ever fill the FAU stadium at 19,760. Stryffeler registered one assisted tackle in the loss. The Owls will have a bye this week and then return to action on Oct. 26 as they travel to Auburn.
Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCollum (SLHS) and Wingate University (2-3, 1-2) produced a come-from-behind victory over Catawba, 23-22, to earn their first South Atlantic Conference victory of the season. Stryffeler started at right tackle on the Bulldog offensive line. Wingate will host Brevard at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Butler proved why they are the defending PFL Conference co-champs as it stayed undefeated in the conference by downing Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University (1-5, 0-3), 35-14, in Indianapolis on Saturday. The Bulldogs led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back. Brown started at center for the Fighting Camel offensive line while Dillon handled all of the long snapping duties. Campbell will return to the friendly confines of Barker-Lane Stadium on Saturday as it hosts Jacksonville in a 1 p.m. game.
Hampton University collected a homecoming win in knocking off Dequan Swann (LCHS) and North Carolina A&T, 31-26, handing the Aggies (3-2, 1-2) their second loss in a row in front of a rain-soaked crowd on Saturday. Swann started on offense for the third week in a row, playing receiver for A&T. The Aggies will host Delaware State on Saturday in a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Sixth-ranked and undefeated Coastal Carolina had its way with Chase Arrington (LCHS) and Gardner-Webb (4-3, 0-1), handing the Bulldogs a 42-7 loss in the Big South Conference opener for both teams. After back-to-back losses, Gardner-Webb will use a bye week to regroup and return to action on Oct. 26 as it welcomes Liberty for 1:30 p.m. game to be televised on ESPN3.
Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University dropped to 0-3 in the USA South Conference, 1-5 overall after falling to Methodist, 41-33. Reives finished with four solo tackles, one assist and a fumble recovery. Averett will travel to face Ferrum on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.
Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College (1-5, 0-3) came up just short in an offensive shootout with Huntingdon, losing to the Hawks, 48-40. The Pride will be on the road Saturday traveling to Rocky Mount to face N.C. Wesleyan for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College (2-4, 1-2) picked up their first South Atlantic Conference win of the season in breezing past Mars Hill, 35-7. The Tornados will travel on Saturday for a 1:30 contest at Wingate.
Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford College (3-2, 2-0) observed a record- setting day by Quaker quarterback Matt Pawloski as he threw for 360 yards and six touchdowns in Guilford’s 56-29 drubbing of Shenandoah, moving Guilford to 2-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for first time since 1999. Guilford rolled up a school record 705 yards of total offense and scored the 10th highest single game point total in the program’s 106-season history. Marsh collected one assisted tackle in the win. The Quakers will travel to league rival Bridgewater on Saturday.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College (6-4-2, 2-1-1) finished the week going a perfect 2-0 with wins over Guilford, 1-0, and Bridgewater, 1-0. Against Guilford, Grossfuss got off three shots with two counting as shots on goal. The Hornets will play two contests this week, traveling to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match and then hosting Eastern Mennonite College on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Lynchburg celebrates Homecoming and Senior Day.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (6-7, 3-2) played Mercer to a double overtime period, but eventually fell to the Bears, 2-1. Sturdivant played all 1:08 minutes in the goal for the Owls, picking up four saves on 11 shots on goal. Kennesaw State will have a two-game homestand this weekend hosting Stetson on Friday night and Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday.
Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University (5-8, 3-3) dropped both games this week, falling to Longwood, 4-2, and Liberty, 2-0. The Panthers will travel to UNC Asheville on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. match and then return to High Point on Saturday to host Radford in a 7:30 p.m. game.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Cherry (SLHS) and Mount Olive College finished 16th out of 28 teams in the men’s non-Division I 8K at the 2013 Royal Cross Country Challenge at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte. Cherry turned in a time of 28:52 to finish 107th out of 223 runners. The Trojans will be idle this week and then return to Charlotte on Oct. 25 to compete in the 2013 Carolina Conference Cross Country Championships.
Women’s Cross Country
Keeley Wood (SLHS) and Wingate University won their third title of the season this past weekend taking the non-Division I crown over 30 other schools in the 2013 Royal Cross Country Challenge at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte. Bulldog freshman Brittany Tretbar set a new Wingate 5K school record turning in a time of 17:53.5 and was one of three Wingate runners that would finish in the top 10. Wood crossed the finish line in ninth with a time of 18:03.0 to help seal the Bulldogs' victory. Wingate will be off this weekend and then return to action Oct. 26 to compete in the South Atlantic Conference Championship at Montreat College.
Ashley Matthews (Grace) and Lee University were off last week, but will travel Saturday to Mount Berry, Ga., to compete in the Berry Invitational.
Mollie Schrull (LCHS) and Meredith College were off last week, but will be back in action Saturday as they travel to Newport News, Va., to compete in the Christopher Newport Invitational.
Micah Lawrence and Barton College finished 13th out of 20 teams in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate last week at the Sea Trail Bird Course in Sunset Beach. Lawrence shot a 76-81-157 to finish tied for 72nd. The Bulldogs will be off this week and then return to action Oct. 28 as they participate in the Pirate Intercollegiate on the Brook Valley course at Greenville CC in Greenville.