Northwood High School product Darcus Elliott is picking up right where he left off last year as UNC Pembroke’s second leading defender. In the Braves' 38-24 victory over Fayetteville State on Saturday, the senior linebacker finished as one of the top defensive players recording two solo tackles, three assists, a quarterback sack, a tackle for a two yard loss and a pass breakup in helping Pembroke to win the fifth annual Two Rivers Classic. The victory improved UNCP to a 2-0 record and a 22nd place national Division II ranking. This is the first time that the Braves have been ranked in the top 25 in both the AFCA Division II poll as well as the D2Football.com poll. Other local players enjoying the Braves early success include Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS) and Pete West (LCHS). UNCP will travel to Shaw on Saturday for the Inaugural Cape Fear Classic, which will kick off at 1 p.m.
Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic University (1-2) celebrated their first victory of the season downing in-state rival University of South Florida, 28-10. Stryffeler recorded one solo tackle in the victory. The Owls will host Middle Tennessee State at noon Saturday.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University (1-2) were defeated by Charleston Southern, 30-10, in front of a record crowd of 6,044 fans at Barker-Lane Stadium on Saturday. The Fighting Camels will observe a bye week this week before opening conference play on Sept. 28 at Valparaiso.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) and N.C. A&T are off to a quick 2-0 start as the Aggies downed Elon, 23-10, to claim their home opener. Swann recorded one solo tackle on special teams in the win. A&T will have an extra week to enjoy the win as they have a bye next week and will return to action on Sept. 28 when they host Howard University at 7:30 p.m.
Chase Arrington (LCHS) and Gardner-Webb University (2-1) secured their second win of the season in stunning fashion as Runnin’ Bulldogs' kicker Jordan Day nailed a 30-yard field goal with 25.3 seconds remaining in the game to propel Gardner-Webb to a 12-10 upset over 11th-ranked Richmond. This was the second game in a row that the Spiders were dropped by a last minute field goal as they were defeated a week ago by N.C. State, 23-21. The Runnin’ Bulldogs will have little time to celebrate as they prepare for another Top 20 matchup this week when they travel to 10th-ranked Wofford for a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff.
Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University (0-2) had their home opener spoiled by Randolph Macon as the Yellow Jackets downed the Cougars, 33-6. Reives recorded one solo tackle and one assist in the loss. Averett will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Greensboro to face Guilford for a 7 p.m. game.
Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford (1-1) suffered their first loss of the season as Methodist used a late score to pull ahead for the 41-34 win. The Quakers will host Averett at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College fell to 0-2 on the season as the Pride were defeated by Bridgewater College, 38-13. Greensboro will travel to the Apprentice School for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College (1-1) collected a 69-0 win over College of Faith last Saturday in Charlotte. The Tornados hope to keep their momentum going as they open South Atlantic Conference play this weekend traveling to Carson-Newman for a 1 p.m. game.
Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCullum (SLHS) and Wingate University opened their season with a win over St. Augustine's, 24-3. The Bulldogs will travel to Lenoir-Rhyne College at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Tristan Johnson (LCHS) and the Carolina Hawks (1-5) had their game against the Catawba County Hornets canceled this past Saturday. The Hawks will be back in action on Saturday as they host the Charlotte Colts for a 7 p.m. game.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College (1-2-1) battled Greensboro College to a double overtime 0-0 tie last week. The Hornets will have two contests this week, traveling to Salisbury College for a 4 p.m. match Wednesday and then hosts Randolph-Macon at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Brady Heath (LCHS) and Methodist University (1-3-1) suffered their second consecutive loss as Christopher Newport spoiled the Monarchs' home opener with 2-1 victory. Methodist will have a three-game homestand this week as it hosts Virginia Wesleyan at 4 p.m. today, Southern Virginia at 5 p.m. Thursday and Greensboro College at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (2-4) had their home opener spoiled by Ole Miss as the Rebels notched a 2-1 victory. Sturdivant played all 90 minutes in goal for the Owls, registering six saves on 12 shots at goal. Kennesaw State will be at home for both matches this week, hosting Samford University at 7 p.m. today and Troy University at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University (1-5) finished the week 1-2, earning their first win in dramatic fashion. The Panthers started last week by losing to Elon 5-0 and Navy 4-1, but then bounced back with a double overtime victory over Appalachian State 2-1. The Panthers will host East Carolina University at 7 p.m. Friday.
Anna Swindell (LCHS), Erica Davidson (Lee Christian), Haley Bryant (Grace), Makaila Gillum (Lee Christian), Alisha Adkins (SLHS) and the CCCC Cougars will be at home this week, taking the court at 6 p.m. today against Wytheville CC and then hosting Rockingham County CC at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Ashley Matthews (Grace) and Lee University finished ninth out of 13 teams in the Vanderbilt Classic at Percy Ward Park in Nashville this past weekend. Matthews was the Flames' second top performer, finishing 26th out of 117 runners with a time of 19:56.99. The Flames will return to action Oct. 5th in the Greater Louisville Classic.
Keeley Wood (SLHS) and Wingate University claimed their second win of the season, finishing first in the Hyder McMahill Invitational in Black Mountain this past weekend. Lady Bulldog runners earned the top five finishing spots with Wood claiming fourth place with a time of 19:42. Wingate will return to action Saturday as it hosts the Bulldog Stampede at 9:30 a.m.
Mollie Schrull (LCHS) and Meredith College finished third in the Barton College Invitational this past weekend, coming in as the top Division III team in the race. Schrull finished 49th out of 52 runners, registering a time of 25:25.84. The Avenging Angels will run in a local competition this week, participating in the Adidas Cross Country Challenge at 6 p.m. Friday at Cary’s WakeMed Park.
Micah Lawrence and Barton College opened the fall portion of their 2013-2014 schedule Monday, teeing off in the Brickyard Championship at the Brickyard Crossing GC in Indianapolis, Ind. Round two will be played today.