PEMBROKE — Elliott Powell rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a school-record 97-yard scoring run to pace the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to a 27-20 victory over Catawba at Grace P. Johnson Stadium.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Braves (4-1), while the Indians dropped their second straight game to fall to 3-2 on the season.
Former Richmond Senior standout L.J. Stroman was credited with three tackles and an interception in the victory. He also returned a punt for one yard. John Rich, another former Raider, grabbed three catches for 24 yards for the Braves. UNCP offensive lineman Justin Watts was listed as playing in the contest, while former Richmond offensive lineman Andrew Parsons started for Catawba.
The Braves will return to action 1:30 p.m. Saturday when they travel to face Tusculum, while the Indians play host to Carson-Newman at the same time.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 14, NORFOLK STATE 0
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Julius Pendergrass scored on a 3-yard run on South Carolina State’s first possession and Kimario McFadden added a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown later in the first quarter as the Bulldogs blanked Norfolk State 14-0 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference clash.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for South Carolina State (2-3, 1-1).
The Spartans (2-3, 0-2) had an opportunity to cut into the Bulldogs’ lead early in the fourth quarter, but McFadden stepped in front of a Jake Besmagian pass in the end zone for his second interception.
Former Richmond Senior defensive lineman Andrew Carter finished with three tackles in the game for South Carolina State. Derrick Wiley, Tedarius Wiley and Antoine Crouch were not listed as playing in the contest for the Bulldogs according to the participation sheet.
South Carolina State will return to action 2:30 p.m. Saturday when it travels to play North Carolina Central in Indianapolis in the Circle City Classic.
DUKE 34, WAKE FOREST 27
WINSTON-SALEM — Anthony Boone scored on a 4-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter as Duke defeated Wake Forest 34-27 for its first win against the Demon Deacons since 1999.
Boone replaced starting quarterback Sean Renfree, who left the game with a right elbow injury. Running back Brandon Connette had two rushing touchdowns for the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-0).
Tanner Price was 19-of-38 for 230 yards and two touchdowns for Wake Forest (3-2, 1-2) but fumbled inside the Demon Deacons’s 10-yard line to set up Boone’s score.
Former Richmond Senior linebacker Justin Jackson was second in tackles for Wake Forest in the contest with 12, including a sack.
The Demon Deacons will travel to College Park, Md. to face Maryland at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
WOFFORD 49, ELON 24
ELON — Wofford running back Eric Breitenstein rushed for a Southern Conference single-game record 321 yards and scored twice to lead the Terriers to a 49-24 victory over Elon.
It was the first 300-yard rushing game in league history.
Brian Kass added three rushing touchdowns of his own as well as throwing for another in the rout.
Wofford improves to 4-0 on the season, 2-0 in the conference. Former Richmond senior linebacker Phillip LeGrande was credited with a tackle assist and a pass breakup in the victory.
The Terriers will battle Furman 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Gibbs Stadium.
APPALACHIAN STATE 55, COASTAL CAROLINA 14
BOONE — Appalachian State rushed for 399 yards and racked for 286 yards of total offense in the first quarter to roll to a 55-14 victory over Coastal Carolina.
Steven Miller ran for a career-high 202 yards and two touchdowns, while Jamal Jackson threw for three scores and rushed for another in the win for the Mountaineers (3-2). Appalachian State finished the contest with 684 yards of total offense.
Former Richmond offensive lineman Alex Coulthard was listed as playing in the win, while Andy Shuler was not on the participation sheet.
DRAKE 35, CAMPBELL 7
BUIES CREEK — Drake quarterback Michael Piatkowski threw for a touchdown and rushed for another as Drake cruised past Campbell for a 35-7 Pioneer League victory.
The Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0) led 21-0 at halftime before T.J. James scored on a 1-yard run in the opening moments of the third quarter to put the game away.
Campbell falls to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Former Richmond offensive lineman Corey Smart was not listed as playing according to the participation sheet.
The Fighting Camels will be off this week before returning to the gridiron at 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at San Diego.
PRESBYTERIAN 28, DAVIDSON 13
DAVIDSON — Demarcus Rouse rushed for two touchdowns and Presbyterian scored 21 unanswered points as the Blue Hose pulled away for a 28-13 victory over Davidson.
With Presbyterian leading 21-13 late in the game, Davidson drove deep into Presbyterian territory before Mark Williams picked off Jonathan Carkhuff and returned it 76 yards to set up Rouse’s final score of the contest.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Blue Hose (2-3). Former Richmond offensive lineman Dakota Truett was not listed on the game’s participation sheet.
Presbyterian will return to action 1:30 p.m. Saturday when it travels to face VMI. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
CHOWAN 27, FAYETTEVILLE STATE 3
MURFREESBORO — Cameron Stover connected with Ryan Nolan on two scoring passes as Chowan routed Fayetteville State 27-3 in a CIAA contest.
Antjuan Randall and Elliot Smalls added touchdown runs for the Hawks (3-2, 2-0).
Antonio Mayo booted a career-long 45-yard field goal to account for the only points for the Broncos (1-4, 0-2).
Christopher Diggs, a former Richmond player, was credited with a quarterback hurry in the loss. Kevin Alfonso started at guard for Fayetteville State.
The Broncos will return to action 1 p.m. Saturday at Shaw.
LAGRANGE 40, NC WESLEYAN 13
LAGRANGE, Ga. — Former Richmond quarterback Laron Ellerbe tossed two touchdowns for North Carolina Wesleyan, but it wasn’t enough as LaGrange rolled to a 40-13 win in the USA South Conference opener for both teams.
Ellerbe finished 7 for 15 for 218 yards in the contest. Jamias Williams reeled in one of the touchdown passes from Ellerbe, while Quinton Richmond grabbed the other.
The Battling Bishops (1-3, 0-1) will return home 1 p.m. Saturday to battle conference foe Methodist.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.