Lenoir-Rhyne Goes Undefeated in SAC Play After Drubbing of Catawba
The No. 17 Lenoir Rhyne Football Team secured a 7-0 season in conference play with a 63-21 drubbing of Catawba College on Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium and Jerry Self Jr was in Hickory, North Carolina with My8four3 keeping our #Sports fans #LockedIN. The Bears earned just the third perfect SAC season in program history with the victory and topped 400 yards rushing in the blowout.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 63, Catawba 21
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1, 7-0 SAC), Catawba (3-7, 2-5)
Location: Hickory, N.C. | Moretz Stadium
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STATS OF THE GAME:
• In the win, redshirt sophomore QB Grayson Willingham broke the program record for most touchdown passes in a single season when he hit TE Drake Starks for a 30-yard TD in the first quarter. Willingham went 9-for-14 for 170 yards and two TD strikes on the day, before giving way to Gunnar Anderson to close out the game.
• Freshman RB Caine Crews had his best game in an LR jersey, rushing for a game-high 129 yards on 12 carries including a 51-yard scamper. Dareke Young added four carries for 80 yards and a touchdown, while Ameen Stevens had 10 carries for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns. As a team, LR ran for 412 yards and seven touchdowns.
• T.J. Smith hauled in his 10th touchdown catch of the season on a slant in the 1st quarter. The senior finished with 4 catches for 33 yards.
• Junior safety Kyle Dugger finished with six tackles and intercepted a pass which he returned 26 yards. The return specialist averaged 20.0 yards per return on his three punts with a long of 31 yards. Dugger entered play ranked inside the top 10 in the nation in punt return average.
• Jaquan Artis continued to terrorize opposing blockers as the DE recorded 2.5 sacks to go along with six tackles a forced fumble and a pair of QB hurries. Artis now ranks second in the league with 10.5 sacks.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
• The Bears scored the first 42 points of the game before allowing Catawba to score just before the half.
• Prior to today’s game, the Bears honored their senior class. Following the contest, LR was presented with the SAC Championship trophy.
• The Bears have scored 30 or more points in every game this season and have rushed for multiple touchdowns in every contest this year.