Week seven of the college football season featured a handful of rivalry games across the nation, with former high school players from the area making their presence at the collegiate level known.
An early kickoff on Saturday featured two top 25 programs as No. 12 Ole Miss fell to No. 22 Memphis 37-24 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Tennessee. Junior transfer Terry Caldwell (Hoggard) made his second consecutive start at middle linebacker for the Rebels and finished with five tackles and one tackle for a four-yard loss. Caldwell has seen action in all seven games this season, with 18 total tackles and one sack.
While Memphis grabbed a huge win over an SEC school out of the American Athletic Conference, another team from the same league also had a noon kickoff at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville on Saturday as the East Carolina Pirates defeated Tulsa 30-17 to move to 2-1 in league play and 4-3 overall. New Hanover High School alum Trevon Brown saw his consecutive games with a touchdown catch snapped at three, but the sophomore wide out still had a presence on the field for ECU with four catches for 51 yards. Brown closed with 69 all-purpose yards after two kickoff returns in the ballgame.
In four games this season, the former Wildcat has 18 receptions for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Local talent continues to shine at the NCAA Division II level. Catawba pulled away from visiting Mars Hill with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to post a 29-10 win in South Atlantic Conference football action.
Quarterback Mike Sheehan (Laney) ran for 113 yards and a score, with 148 passing yards and a touchdown through the air. He completed 10-of-23 passes without a turnover. Sheehan connected with South Brunswick High School alum Gary Williams on an 18-yard scoring pass as Williams finished with two catches for 27 yards and one score.
For the second consecutive game, Julius Reynolds (Hoggard) led the North Carolina A&T defense in tackles as the Aggies grabbed a 24-14 victory over Bethune-Cookman. The freshman had seven total tackles with one sack, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Reynolds has three sacks on the year, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble. North Carolina A&T moved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Tariq Lane (Laney) made one tackle for Elon in a 51-0 setback to FCS nationally ranked opponent No. 5 James Madison. Frank Keller (Ashley) also continues his string of consecutive starts at left guard for Presbyterian, who fell 10-7 to Charleston Southern.