Despite historic 4 passing yards, L-R tops Davidson

After a heartbreaking 24-21 season-opening loss at Concord last weekend, Lenoir-Rhyne was determined not to start its home schedule the same way.

The Bears (1-1) used their defense to keep the Wildcats out of the end zone on their way to a 20-2 win on Saturday night at Moretz Stadium in Hickory.

Lenoir-Rhyne won despite only throwing the football four times, completing one pass for four passing yards — the lowest total total in school history.

"It was important for us to come home after last weekend's tough loss and get a win" said L-R coach Mike Houston. "Now we can focus on getting ready for an even bigger game next weekend versus Carson-Newman."

Both teams came out stagnate offensively in the early going.

Lenoir-Rhyne's defense forced Davidson to go three and out on its first possession of the football game.

The Bears were also forced to punt on their first possession despite a 16-yard run by running back Graham Duncan.

The Wildcats (0-2) moved the ball 55 yards on its second possession of the game. Davidson quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff was a big catalyst for that, completing 6-of-8 passes on the drive for 46 of those yards, but an interception thrown to L-R's Joe Anderson halted all of the momentum.

Duncan helped the Bears capitalize with a 30-yard touchdown run to give his team a 7-0 lead after one quarter.

Forcing another Wildcat punt, L-R's Austin Beatty took the second play of the Bears' next drive 69 yards for the score. After a missed extra point, the Bears led 13-0 at halftime.

The Wildcats scored their only points of the game in the third quarter when they earned a safety on defense with 10:05 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Lenoir-Rhyne responded with just under four minutes left in the game by adding its final touchdown. The Bears moved the ball on a nine-play, 50-yard drive capped by a seven-yard rushing score by Teverrius Jones.

Bears running back Austin Beatty lead all runners with 11 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown. Duncan, Jones and Isaiah Whitaker combined for 160 yards on 37 carries, helping L-R tally for 301 rushing yards.

Defensively, the Bears allowed 35 rushing yards and tallied four sacks and four interceptions, including two picks by Myer Nolan.

Lenoir-Rhyne starts South Atlantic League play next Saturday at 1 p.m. when it travels Jefferson City, Tenn. to take on Carson Newman (1-0).