The Port City’s Connor Barth hit a 31-yard game-winning field goal to cap a 15-play, 68-yard drive in overtime to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 23-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Atlanta came back from a 17-point deficit at halftime, scoring the tying touchdown with 17 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period, but Barth’s field goal on the Bucs’ first drive of OT proved to be the difference. He finished the day three-for-three in field goals and has yet to miss this season.
The former Hoggard standout split the uprights on a 38-yard kick to put Tampa on the board with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. His second attempt from 23 yards gave the Buccaneers a 6-3 lead before the local product knocked in the winner.
Barth has hit every point after attempt and stands 6-of-6 on field goals since joining Tampa
Local college products making ways this fall
Heading into crunch time for many college football programs across the nation, local players on the gridiron continue to make strides this fall.
No. 19 Ole Miss held off a feisty Auburn team for a 27-19 victory Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Along with the victory over Alabama earlier this year, the Rebels secured wins in Tuscaloosa and Auburn in the same season for the first time in school history.
Junior transfer Terry Caldwell (Hoggard) made one tackle in the win. Caldwell has seen a mix of playing time in his first year for the Rebels, with three starts in nine games played. He has 21 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.
Former New Hanover High School standout Trevon Brown played his first game on a Friday night since his days in the orange and black for the Wildcats, but East Carolina fell to UConn 31-13 in East Hartford, Connecticut. Brown had four catches for 22 yards. In six games played this season, the sophomore has 29 catches for 363 yards and three touchdowns.
The North Carolina A&T football team, ranked 20th in FCS football, improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 28-10 win over Florida A&M Saturday night Bragg Memorial Stadium. Keevin Thompson (Hoggard) had four carries for six yards in the win.
Thompson has played in seven games as a freshman, with 33 carries for 111 yards and one touchdown.
In NCAA Division II action, Catawba ran for a season-high 363 yards in defeating host Brevard 29-7 in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Brevard Memorial Stadium. The win improves the Catawba Indians 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the SAC.
Quarterback Mike Sheehan (Laney) finished with 67 yards and scored all three touchdowns for the Indians.
After missing a field goal on its first drive, Catawba got on the scoreboard at the 4:22 mark of the opening quarter when Sheehan capped an 11-play, 81-yard drive with a two-yard score. He also had a 15-yard trip to the end zone and took it in from seven-yards out with 6:58 left in the game.
On the year, Sheehan has 116 carries for 586 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also completed 98-of-182 pass attempts for five touchdowns and six interceptions.
Ian Bergmann (Laney) also assisted on one tackle for Wingate in a 28-21 setback to North Greenville University, while Frank Keller (Ashley) made another start at left guard for Presbyterian. He helped push the Blue Hose for 160 rushing yards, eclipsing their season average of 131.4 rushing yards per game.