The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team (2-1, 1-0) defeated No. 17 Carson-Newman College (2-1, 0-1), 20-7, in its home and South Atlantic Conference opener Saturday night in front of 7,131 fans at Moretz Stadium.
Senior quarterback Major Herron (Kingsland, Ga.) and senior running back Jasper Thomas (High Point, N.C.) each scored on the ground for the Bears, who defeated the Eagles at home for the first time since 1978.
L-R limited Carson-Newman to just 247 yards of total offense and held the Eagles without a point after surrendering a touchdown on the game's second play from scrimmage.
Carson-Newman entered the game averaging 50.5 points and 443.5 yards of offense per outing.
The Eagles struck first when quarterback Johnny Foster (Roebuck, S.C.) hit wide receiver Jason Brown (Plant City, Fla.) for a 66-yard touchdown on the game's opening drive just 55 seconds into the contest.
L-R responded with back-to-back scoring drives to take the lead for good.
Herron ran it in from 20 yards out on the Bears' second possession of the contest for a 10-7 lead with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter which capped off an eight-play, 80-yard drive.
Senior placekicker Colin Corpe (Ocala, Fla.) hit a 38-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining before halftime, his second of the night, to give L-R a 13-7 advantage entering intermission.
L-R then took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove it 67 yards on six plays before Thomas finished off the scoring on the night with a 17-yard touchdown run.
Herron and sophomore running back Corron Boston (Durham, N.C.) finished with 73 and 71 yards rushing, respectively, to lead a 281-yard attack on the ground for L-R while sophomore defensive back Michael Green (Kingsland, Ga.) spearheaded the Bears' defense with 10 tackles.
Foster passed for 126 yards while linebacker Larry Lumpkin (Grand Bay, Ala.) led all tacklers with 19 for Carson-Newman despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next plays North Greenville on Saturday, October 1, on the road in Tigerville, S.C., while Carson-Newman returns home to face Newberry in a league contest next Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
1 2 3 4 - Score
Carson-Newman 7 0 0 0 - 7
Lenoir-Rhyne 10 3 7 0 - 20
1st 14:05 C-N Jason Brown 66 yd pass from Johnny Foster (Carlos Lopez kick), 2 plays, 68 yards, TOP 0:55 7 - 0
7:50 L-R Colin Corpe 21 yd field goal, 13 plays, 42 yards, TOP 6:07 7 - 3
2:32 L-R Major Herron 20 yd run (Colin Corpe kick), 8 plays, 80 yards, TOP 2:57 7 - 10
2nd 00:07 L-R Colin Corpe 38 yd field goal, 13 plays, 55 yards, TOP 4:18 7 - 13
3rd 12:05 L-R Jasper Thomas 17 yd run (Colin Corpe kick), 6 plays, 67 yards, TOP 2:49 7 - 20
FIRST DOWNS: LRU 23, CN 11
TOTAL YARDS: LRU 342, CN 247
RUSHING YARDS: LRU 281, CN 121
PASSING YARDS: LRU 61, CN 126
TURNOVERS: LRU 0, CN 1
PENALITIES: LRU 3-15, CN 9-77
TIME OF POSS.: LRU 35:44, CN 24:16
3RD DOWN EFF.: LRU 7-16, CN 2-10
4TH DOWN EFF.: LRU 1-1, CN 1-2
RUSHING: LRU - HERRON 16-73-TD, BOSTON 11-71
CN - INMAN 12-62
PASSING: LRU - HERRON 5-10-61
CN - FOSTER 7-14-126
RECEIVING: LRU - STUTTS 3-39
CN - MILLER 4-30, BROWN 1-66-TD
No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out Anderson, 1-0
The eighth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (4-1, 1-0) made it three in a row with a 1-0 victory over Anderson (3-4, 0-1) Saturday afternoon in its South Atlantic Conference opener at Trojan Field.
After a scoreless first half, Lenoir-Rhyne finally broke through when senior All-American midfielder Catherine Hauck (Lake Mary, Fla.) scored in the 57th minute.
Hauck hit a shot past the right post from about 25 yards out for the match's lone goal.
The score was also Hauck's team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Scruggs (Torrance, Calif.) picked up her first shutout of the year for the Bears after stopping three Trojan shots for the win.
Anderson's Kaitlyn Neipp (Anderson, S.C.) suffered the loss in goal despite allowing just one score while making three saves.
Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 19-3 advantage in shots taken in notching its first shutout of the year.
L-R next travels to Brevard, N.C., to face Brevard in a league match Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m., while Anderson hosts SAC-foe Newberry Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Anderson Downs Lenoir-Rhyne, 4-1, In Men's Soccer
The Anderson University Men's Soccer Team (3-1, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Lenoir-Rhyne University (2-4, 0-1) at Trojan Field.
Anderson's Lasse Sohrweide (Flensburg, GERMANY) and Daniel Bowers (Charleston, S.C.) each scored twice to lead the Trojans to the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Daniel Jones (Wrexham, WALES) scored the lone goal for the Bears in the losing effort.
Sohrweide opened the scoring for the Trojans, assisted by Bowers, in the 19th minute when he headed the ball into the net from 10 yards out on a cross.
Bowers increased the margin to 2-0 at the 24:15 mark of the first half when he connected from about five yards out.
Jones helped cut L-R's lead in half when he received a cross from freshman midfielder Stefano Basso (Londrina, BRAZIL) and finished with a shot past the right post.
Sohrweide gave Anderson a 3-1 lead late in the first half before Bowers rounded out the scoring in the 52nd minute of the contest for the lone goal in the second half.
Sorhweide was credited on Anderson's last goal while Lukas Hesse (Berlin, GERMANY) won in goal for the Trojans.
L-R sophomore Stefan Dill (Southampton, BERMUDA) stopped six shots for Lenoir-Rhyne but suffered the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard Wednesday in a conference match at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex beginning at 7 p.m. Anderson next hosts Francis Marion Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Rallies To Defeat Newberry, 3-2
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (7-4, 2-1) rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Newberry College (6-5, 1-2), 3-2, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shufurd Memorial Gymnasium.
L-R defeated Newberry by scores of 22-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15 and 15-11 en route to its second consecutive win.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman middle blocker Haley Rhyne (Statesville, N.C.) and freshman outside hitter Whitney Brinkley (Asheville, N.C.) with 14 kills each while junior setter Meredith Lutz (Newton, N.C.) added a double-double (22 assists and 14 digs) in the victory.
Newberry lost despite 15 kills from both Samantha Parrish (Angola, Ind.) and Amanda Soper (Simi Valley, Calif.) and a match-high 49 assists from Blair Browning (New Lexington, Ohio).
Newberry won the first two sets and were leading by a 16-11 score in the third game but couldn't finish off Lenoir-Rhyne.
Newberry also saw its three-match winning streak come to an end.
L-R travels to Greeneville, Tenn., to face Tusculum on Tuesday in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 7 p.m. Newberry, meanwhile, returns home to take on Lincoln Memorial in a conference contest on Friday at 7 p.m.