Area Athlets Update
Area athletes update ...
Always versatile, D-II Charleston’s John Knox stuffed the stat sheet in Satuday’s 31-10 loss to FCS school Southern Illinois.
Knox was a standout quarterback at Salisbury, but he started Saturday’s game at slot receiver for the West Virginia school.
He was Charleston’s leading rusher with 15 carries for 35 yards and one touchdown. He caught two passes for 14 yards. He completed three passes for 51 yards, including a 45-yard gain. He even punted once.
• UNC Pembroke’s senior receiver Ben DeCelle (East Rowan) had a career day as the Braves beat Fayetteville State 38-24. DeCelle made 10 catches for 110 yards. He had two 22-yard receptions and he made a key reception for a first down when UNCP faced a fourth-and-4 at the FSU 9. That catch led to a touchdown.
A special-teams standout, DeCelle added a tackle on a punt and a tackle on a kickoff.
Cadarreus Mason (South Rowan) made two tackles for 22nd ranked UNCP.
• Senior defensive end Chris Smith (West Rowan) led a dominating defensive effort in Arkansas’ 24-3 win against Southern Miss. Smith had a career-best three sacks for 22 yards in losses. He also was credited with two quarterback hurries.
• T.J. Bell (Carson) was the long snapper for Wingate in Saturday’s 24-3 win against St. Augustine’s.
• In Averett’s 33-6 loss to Randolph-Macon, three Carson graduates combined for 12 tackles. Dontae Gilbert and Terry “T.J.” Smith were in on five tackles each for the Cougars, while Zachary Grkman made two. Dante Pinkston (A.L. Brown) returned six kickoffs for 89 yards for Averett. Hobie Proctor’s (West) only kickoff went 59 yards.
• Ike Whitaker (Salisbury) rushed 21 times for 105 yards in Lenoir-Rhyne’s 34-18 win against Davidson. Whitaker scored on a 7-yard run early in the fourth quarter to stretch the Bears’ lead to 31-12. His longest run of the day was 16 yards.
• Kalif Phillips (A.L. Brown) led Charlotte’s ground game in a 40-13 loss to North Carolina Central.
Phillips carried 20 times for 85 yards.
•Catawba guard Tim Pangburn (West), safety Mark McDaniel (South), linebacker Desmond Lackey (Davie) and running back Trey Mashore (West) were factors in Saturday night’s Mayor’s Cup game, along with Livingstone offensive lineman T.J. Jefferson (East).
• Methodist beat Guilford 41-34 even though the Monarchs had a hard time containing Guilford receiver Adam Smith (Davie). Smith made 10 receptions for 98 yards and caught a 23-yard scoring pass.
• Kicker Erick Amaya (A.L. Brown) played a big role as Johnson C. Smith outscored Bowie State 58-41 on Saturday. Amaya kicked a 25-yard field goal and seven PATs. He kicked off 10 times in the shootout and averaged 62 yards.
A few guys did get tackled in the J.C. Smith-Bowie game. J.P. Lott (A.L. Brown) made five stops for the Golden Bulls.
• Winston-Salem State receiver Jarvis Morgan (West) said he’s been cleared to practice Monday and he hopes to play Saturday.
• Brevard’s roster includes two recent Davie grads — offensive lineman Josh Cockman and kicker Garrett Nestor.
South Rowan grads Kayla Morrow and Emma Pope helped Lenoir-Rhyne beat Catawba 3-1 on Friday in Hickory. Morrow had four kills, three digs and two blocks, while Pope had nine digs.
• Aimee Cloninger (Carson) had 12 kills and Tiffany Brooks (South) had five as undefeated Catawba Valley Community College won 3-1 against Hagerstown CC. Cloninger had 13 digs and three aces, and Brooks had two blocks.
CVCC (12-0) also swept College of Southern Maryland. Cloninger had nine kills and 10 digs in that one.
• Averett split two matches Saturday. Nicole Barringer (South) had 33 assists and four digs in a sweep of Virginia Wesleyan. Barringer had 28 assists and six digs in a 3-0 loss to Washington & Lee.
• Guilford’s senior setter Taylor Whitley (Carson) led a 3-1 win against Randolph. Whitley had 42 assists, six digs and three kills.
• In a 3-0 loss to Bridgewater, Hollins’ Lela Moore (West) had 15 assists and five digs.
UNC Greensboro’s Roy Dixon (Salisbury) shot 69-73-77 — 219 to finish 3-over in the Tar Heel Intercollegiate at Finley Golf Course.
Dixon tied for 19th and helped UNCG finish third behind Georgia Tech and N.C. State. Dixon made 14 birdies in the event.
• Centre College’s Catherine Parks (Salisbury) shot 82 in the Jim English Fall Invitational. She tied for seventh.
In Catawba’s 3-1 loss to Anderson on Saturday, Frankie Cardelle (Salisbury) made two saves for the Indians. Anderson didn’t allow Kenny Bonilla (Salisbury) to get any shots on goal. Bonilla was Catawba’s Athlete of the Week.
College cross country
Ross Oden (East) was named USC Upstate’s Spartan of the Week. Oden ran 26:16 in the season-opening Eye Opener 8K to pace a field of 145 runners.