Lenoir-Rhyne Moves to 10-0 with 45-31 Win Over Pembroke
After a slow start the Lenoir Rhyne Football Bears turned up the pace at Moretz Stadium to defeat UNC Pembrokeon Saturday and Jerry Self Jr was in Hickory, North Carolina with My8four3 keeping our #Sports Fans #LockedIN
For the first time this season, the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team trailed in a game played at Moretz Stadium but LR would score the final 21 points of the game to come away with a 45-31 victory over upset-minded UNC Pembroke on Saturday afternoon. The win preserves LR’s home win streak at 13 and extends the Bears regular-season winning streak to 20 in a row.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne 45, UNC Pembroke 31
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (10-0), UNC Pembroke (3-7)
Location: Hickory, N.C. | Moretz Stadium
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STATS OF THE GAME:
• This marked the first time LR faced a deficit at home since Drew Cronic took over the reins prior to the 2018 season. Pembroke held leads of 10-7, 17-14 and 31-24 before LR pulled away late.
• A record-breaking play sealed the game at the 8:38 mark of the fourth quarter. A week after breaking the record for the longest TD pass in team history, Grayson Willingham and Jaquay Mitchell set a new mark with a 99-yard score. The 99-yard touchdown is just the 44th in the history of NCAA Division II.
• Dareke Young finished with a rushing and receiving touchdown on the day. The junior scored his duo of TDs on just four touches (three rushes, one catch).
• On his first career carry, freshman Cal Dickie scored a nine-yard touchdown. His TD erased a 17-14 deficit and put LR on top in the second quarter.
• Mitchell finished with five rushes for 44 yards and two catches for 108 yards. The senior has found another gear in his last three games. Mitchell has accounted for 232 rushing yards and 266 receiving yards and scored four touchdowns over the Bears last three games.
• A QB showdown saw UNCP’s Josh Jones go 34-for-46 for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Willingham finish 12-for-16 for 303 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage was a career-high for Willingham and the seventh-most passing yards in a single game in program history. Willingham became the second player in Bears history to have a pair of 300-yard games. Brett Meunier had three from 2001-2002.
• The Braves featured a pair of 100-yard receivers on the day. Marcus McDonald had seven catches for 142 yards and Sean Brown had seven grabs for an even 100 yards. For LR, Drake Starks had two catches for 72 yards including a 50-yarder that he grabbed with one hand. Demarius Hampton caught a 22-yard touchdown, his third score of the year.
• Reigning South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Clayton Horn was a monster again for LR. The senior tallied 14 total tackles and a tackle for loss. Dan Louba added 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble and Jaquan Artis added a sack and eight stops.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
• This is just the fifth 10-0 start for LR in the 100-year history of LR Football and just the second since 1962. Most recently, LR went 10-0 in 2014.
• The 382 yards passing for Jones was the most allowed by LR all season. Devin Jones’ 42-yard kickoff return was the longest allowed by the Bears special teams unit in 2019.
• Pembroke held LR to a season-low 155 yards rushing. For just the second time this season, the Bears didn’t have a rush longer than 30 yards.
• UNCP possessed the ball for 36:31, while LR had the ball for just 23:29 of game action. Pembroke also had 25 more plays than LR.
• LR is now 2-2 all-time against UNC Pembroke and has won each of the last two matchups.
• The Bears honored 18 seniors prior to kickoff as part of Senior Day.
LR will close the regular season with a noon kickoff against Catawba on the road next week. A win would assure LR of an outright SAC Championship.