Johnson named Player of the Game after big day
Lee County High School product Tristan Johnson is continuing to make his presence felt in his first season with the Carolina Hawks as he snagged two interceptions, returning one 65 yards for the Hawks’ only score in the game, as Carolina fell to the Charlotte Colts, 14-6, this weekend. For his strong play, which also included two solo tackles, three assists, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery, Johnson was named the “Player of the Game” and awarded the game ball by the Carolina Hawks organization.
Johnson plays free safety and corner for the 1-6 Hawks, a member of the Central Carolina Football League and currently leads his team in interceptions this season with five. Entering his fourth season of semi-pro football, Johnson previously played for the Fayetteville Ruff Riders in the Mason Dixon Football League and was named to the postseason All-Star game twice. The Carolina Hawks will be on the road Saturday for their final regular season game as they travel to the Carolina Heat in Ramseur.
Darcus Elliott (NHS), Ashton Gaines (SLHS), Ulyess Upchurch (LCHS), Cody Lanier (LCHS), Pete West (LCHS) and the 17th-ranked UNC Pembroke Braves improved to 3-0 on the season by defeating Shaw University 41-20 in the inaugural Cape Fear Classic. Elliott continues to have a good season on the defensive side of the ball as he registered five solo tackles, one assist and a tackle for a two-yard loss in the win. UNCP will play host on Saturday to Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCollum (SLHS) and Wingate University as the Braves observe Parents Weekend.
Chase Arrington (LCHS) and Gardner-Webb University (3-1) pulled off their second upset of a Top 10 team in so many weeks, surprising 10th-ranked Wofford 3-0 in a rain-soaked Saturday evening game. Runnin’ Bulldog’s kicker Jordan Day, who was last week’s hero kicking the game winner against ranked Richmond, again pulled through nailing
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a 35-yard field goal with 10:52 left in the game to register the only points scored on the night. Gardner-Webb will host Point University on Saturday.
Andrew Stryffeler (LCHS) and Florida Atlantic University (1-3, 0-1) came up on the short end of an overtime game, dropping their home opener against Middle Tennessee State, 42-35. This was also the Owls’ first Conference USA loss of the season. Florida Atlantic will travel to Houston on Saturday to face Rice.
Michael Reives (SLHS) and Averett University earned their first win of the season, spoiling Tony Marsh (CCHS), James Foushee (LCHS), Reese Setzer (LCHS) and Guilford’s Homecoming weekend by downing the Quakers, 30-27. The Cougars claimed the victory after Guilford’s 22-yard game-tying field goal sailed just wide with five seconds remaining in the game. Reives finished as the Cougars’ third leading defender, recording five solo tackles and a pass break up. Averett will be back in the Cougars Den on Saturday as it hosts N.C. Wesleyan, while Marsh, Foushee, Setzer and Guilford will observe a bye week and return to play on Oct. 5 at Washington and Lee.
Tre Wells (LCHS) and Greensboro College (1-2) enjoyed their first win of the season as the Pride handed the Apprentice School a 34-21 loss. Greensboro will open conference play on Saturday as it travels to LaGrange.
T.J. Lett (LCHS), Austin Johnson (LCHS) and Brevard College (1-2, 0-1) fell victim to Carson-Newman, losing to the Eagles 41-14. The Tornados will host their first home game of the season on Saturday as North Greenville visits.
Brian Stryffeler (LCHS), Freddie McCullum (SLHS) and Wingate University (1-1, 0-1) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a loss by falling to Lenoir-Rhyne College, 34-13, on a rainy Saturday in Hickory. The Bulldogs will travel this week to 17th-ranked UNC Pembroke this week.
Danny Dillon (LCHS), Dalton Brown (NHS) and Campbell University (1-2) had a bye this week and will back in action on Saturday as they open conference play traveling to Valparaiso.
Dequan Swann (LCHS) and NC A&T (2-0) enjoyed an early season bye week, but will return to play this week as they visit Howard University on Thursday night.
Ben Grossfuss (LCHS) and Lynchburg College (3-2-1) collected two wins this week, downing Salisbury College 2-1 in double overtime and Randolph-Macon 3-0. The Hornets will play two matches this week as they travel to Christopher Newport on Wednesday and return to Lynchburg on Saturday to play host to Washington and Lee.
Brady Heath (LCHS) and Methodist University (3-4-1) went 2-1 last week, falling to Virginia Wesleyan 2-0 but then bouncing back to pick up two shutouts, a 4-0 victory over Southern Virginia and 1-0 defeat of Greensboro College. The Monarchs will have two road games this week as they travel to Averett for a Friday game and then goes to Piedmont in Georgia.
Olivia Sturdivant (LCHS) and Kennesaw State (3-5) finished 1-1 this week, losing to Samford University 3-0 but bouncing back to defeat Troy University 2-0. Sturdivant again played the entire time in goal for the Owls in both games. Against Samford, she totaled six saves while defending nine shots on goal. Against Troy, the freshman keeper notched her third shutout of the season with two saves on two shots on goal. Kennesaw State will have a two-game homestand this week as they open Atlantic Sun Conference play by hosting Lipscomb on Fridayand Northern Kentucky on Sunday.
Jill Davis (LCHS) and High Point University (2-5) earned their second double overtime victory in a row, downing East Carolina University 1-0 last Friday. The Panthers will have two matches this week as they host VMI on Wednesday and then travel to Gardner-Webb on Saturday.
Anna Swindell (LCHS), Erica Davidson (Lee Christian), Haley Bryant (Grace), Makaila Gillum (Lee Christian), Alisha Adkins (SLHS) and the CCCC Cougars fell to 0-3 on the season, losing 3-1 to Wytheville CC last week. CCCC will be in action twice this week as they travel to Sandhills CC on Thursday for a 6 p.m. match and return home next Monday to host Davidson CC at 6 p.m.
Men’s Cross Country
Michael Cherry (SLHS) and Mount Olive College opened their season with a win by finishing first in the non-Division I category at the Furman University Cross Country Classic. The Trojans claimed the top spot over the 15 other Division II, Division III and NAIA schools competing. Cherry finished 65th out of 142 runners, turning in a time of 28:08.40. Mount Olive will return to action Oct. 5th traveling to Lehigh University to compete in the Paul Short Invitational.
Women’s Cross Country
Keeley Wood (SLHS) and Wingate University are a perfect 3-0, winning their third first place of the season by claiming the Bulldog Stampede title last Saturday against nine other teams. Wood turned in a fifth-place finish out of 72 runners, with a time of 19.41. Wingate will return to action Oct. 5th when they travel to Louisville to participate in the Greater Louisville Cross Country Challenge.
Mollie Schrull (LCHS) and Meredith College finished seventh amongst 14 teams competing in the Adidas Cross Country Challenge at Cary’s WakeMed Park this past weekend — and first amongst the Division III teams that were present. Schrull completed the course 117th out of 142 competitors with a time of 25.53.6. The Avenging Angels will be off this week and then return to action on Oct. 5th as they participate in the Hagan Stone Invitational in Pleasant Garden.
Micah Lawrence and Barton College opened their fall season by finishing 15th in the Brickyard Championship at the Brickyard Crossing GC in Indianapolis, competing against 17 other schools. Lawrence carded a 79-78-78-235 to finish tied for 74th. Lawrence was named one of the three senior captains for this year’s Bulldog team. Barton will travel on Monday to open play in the King Invitational hosted by King University in Bristol, Tenn.