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Wesleyan falls to conference leader Huntingdon

Posted on November 1, 2021

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Huntingdon College defeated N.C. Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops 30-7 to remain undefeated in the teams’ conference Saturday.

Carl Lewis for N.C. Wesleyan College

Huntingdon College defeated N.C. Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops 30-7 to remain undefeated in the teams’ conference Saturday.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The N.C. Wesleyan College football team fell 30-7 on the road at conference leader Huntingdon College on Saturday.

The Bishops scored the first touchdown of the game as junior wide receiver Chase Corey ran a blocked punt back 32 yards for a touchdown to put Wesleyan up 7-0 early. This was just a few plays after senior cornerback Dmaurien Franklin returned an interception back 20 yards.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Bishops forced a Huntingdon fumble and recovered it at the Huntingdon 30-yard line. However, Wesleyan’s drive would stall, forcing a field goal attempt that was blocked by Huntingdon, ending the madness of turnovers over the first few possessions.

The Hawks would then put two touchdown drives together to go up 14-7. A safety against Wesleyan before the half made it 16-7 Huntingdon at the break.

HC then drove 74 yards early in the third to grab another score and make it 23-7 before a fourth-quarter touchdown ended the day’s scoring at 30-7.

Sophomore quarterback Storm Yarbrough threw for just 85 yards on the day, including 41 yards on two receptions for WR Elijah Love while the rushing combination of freshman Trevon Crank and junior Anthony Byrd totaled just 66 yards on the ground on 23 carries.

Defensively, Wesleyan was led by sophomore linebacker Luke Moorhead’s 11 tackles (nine solo) while fellow sophomore LB Deante Lucenti was just behind making 10 tackles. Junior safety R.J. Carter also played well, making nine tackles, while freshman safety Korey Hunter recorded eight takcles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

Sophomore CB Benyon Williams also recorded an interception to go with his seven tackles, while Charles Sias made eight tackles.

Sophomore Jaydon Denmark returned a fumble for 28 yards while recording four special team tackles and a TFL.

Wesleyan fell to 3-5 overall with the loss and 3-3 in the conference, while HC improved to 6-2 and remains undefeated at 6-0 in the league.

The Bishops will return home for the final time this season on Saturday when they host Southern Virginia at noon on Senior Day.

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