COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP: ASU, L-R both win
CULLOWHEE — Logan Hallock completed the first 20 passes of his collegiate career, passing for two touchdowns in Appalachian State's 38-27 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday.
Hallock, whose only previous playing time was taking a knee on two late-game snaps earlier this season, entered in the first quarter after starting quarterback Jamal Jackson injured his knee. Jackson had thrown a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tony Washington. Once Jackson went to the bench, he never returned and Hallock never misfired until his 21st pass, an incompletion.
He finished 20 of 21 for 230 yards and no interceptions. Hallock's scoring passes were an 18-yarder to Sean Price and a 16-yarder to Drew Bailey that gave the Mountaineers (6-3, 4-2) a 38-13 lead.
Steven Miller rushed for 245 yards and a touchdown for Appalachian State. For Western Carolina (1-8, 0-7), Troy Mitchell ran for two touchdowns and threw a 74-yard TD to Deja Alexander.
Lenoir-Rhyne 44, Wingate 13
WINGATE — The Lenoir-Rhyne football team picked up its fifth-straight win and stayed in the hunt for the South Atlantic Conference crown with a 44-13 victory over Wingate on Saturday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium.
The Bears (6-2, 4-1), the top-ranked rushing team in NCAA Div. II, ran for 390 yards and forced six turnovers as L-R defeated Wingate (5-4, 4-2) on the road for the first time since 2000.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains a half-game behind Mars Hill (6-3, 5-1), who defeated Tusculum (2-7, 1-4) at home in overtime, 23-20.
L-R sophomore halfback Jarrod Spears ran for a game-high 150 yards on nine carries and a touchdown, as the Bears broke open a close contest with 34 points in the second half en route to the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne opened scoring in the game when senior quarterback Reuben Haynes crossed the goal line on a sneak from one yard out with 3:26 remaining in the first quarter, capping a nine-play, 72-yard drive.
Three field goals in the second quarter made the score a 10-6 Lenoir-Rhyne advantage entering halftime.
The teams traded touchdowns to start the third quarter with Wingate quarterback Robbie Nallenweg hitting Bryan Caffrey for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 4:58 remaining in the stanza to cut the lead to 17-13, but the Bulldogs couldn't get any closer.
Lenoir-Rhyne took over from there and scored the game's last 27 points. Spears' 64-yard touchdown run and senior linebacker Cle-Artiss Davis' 27-yard fumble return for a score on Wingate's ensuing possession early in the fourth quarter were key scores in the run.
L-R sophomore fullback Isaiah Whitaker added 98 yards rushing, while Nallenweg finished with 325 yards through the air but was picked off four times in the setback. The Bulldogs' Chris Bowden added a game-high 12 receptions for 108 yards as well.
On defense, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore linebacker Tanner Botts led the way with 15 tackles to go along with two key second-half interceptions. Wingate's Jared Seate led all tacklers with 16 on the day.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference football game next Saturday starting at 2 p.m.
The game is for the Bishops Trophy, the annual battle between the two Lutheran schools of North and South Carolina.