As college football teams head through the thick of the schedule and conference play over the next month, there were a handful of standout performances by local players from the Wilmington area last week.
East Carolina played in a nationally televised Thursday night game against undefeated Temple as the Owls scored a pair of late touchdowns to extinguish the Pirates 24-14 in front of 39,417 fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville. Trevon Brown (New Hanover) wasn’t able to find the end zone for ECU, but the sophomore wide out made seven catches for 77 yards.
While Brown has played just five games this season, he is third on the team in catches (25), with 341 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
In a matchup between two Top 25 schools in the SEC, No.23 Ole Miss held No. 15 Texas A&M to just 192 yards of total offense to knock off the Aggies 23-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 60,674 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Terry Caldwell (Hoggard) started for the third consecutive game at linebacker for the Rebels and assisted two tackles in the game.
For the season, the junior transfer has seen action in all eight games, with 20 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.
In the FCS ranks, North Carolina A&T (6-1, 4-0 MEAC) extended its win streak to five straight games on Saturday in a 65-14 rout over Howard. Keevin Thompson (Hoggard) scored his first college touchdown in the win as the freshman running back found the end zone on a four yard run with 5:28 to play in the fourth quarter. Thompson finished the day with four carries for 10 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, classmate Julius Reynolds (Hoggard) assisted on one tackle.
In limited action this season, Thompson has 29 rushes for 105 yards. Reynolds has played in all seven games for the Aggies and sits fourth on the team in tackles (27), with four tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry.
In the NCAA Division II ranks, Catawba produced its best offensive numbers of the season, piling up 451 yards in a 39-21 win over visiting UNC Pembroke. Quarterback Mike Sheehan (Laney) rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, while the junior threw for 133 yards and one score, completing 14-of-19 passes.
Catawba improved to 6-2 overall and with league losses by Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate, jump into sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference with a 3-1 mark.
Sheehan has over 500 yards on the ground this season, with 53 percent completion rate. He’s thrown for 865 yards and accounted for 10 total touchdowns.
Barth perfect in FGs, Bucs fall late to Washington Redskins
Tampa Bay jumped out to a 24-point lead in the first half on Sunday at FedEx Field, but Washington stormed back after the break and scored a touchdown with 24 seconds to go as the Redskins edged the Bucs 31-30 in Landover, Maryland.
In just his second game back on the sidelines in Tampa, Wilmington native Connor Barth went a perfect 3-for-3 in field goal attempts, splitting the uprights on kicks from 22, 45 and 12 yards. He also connected on all three extra point attempts.