Local college football players continue late season push

PortCityDaily.com is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

Another slow offensive start for East Carolina came back to bite the Pirates in the end Saturday night as University of South Florida escaped a rain-soaked Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium with a 22-17 American Athletic Conference (AAC) victory.

Trevon Brown was held to just one catch for six yards to mark his lowest number of receptions in a game since rejoining the team in week four. In seven games played, the sophomore wide out has 30 catches for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He also has eight kickoff returns and two punt returns this season.

Mike Sheehan continues to deliver for Catawba. Photo courtesy- Catawba football.
Mike Sheehan continues to deliver for Catawba. Photo courtesy- Catawba football.

East Carolina travels to Orlando, Florida this week for a date with UCF. The Pirates are 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the AAC.

In the FCS ranks, North Carolina A&T improved to 8-1 overall and remained undefeated in the Mid-Eastern Conference following a 9-6 win over South Carolina State. The Aggies, ranked 16th in the FCS, improved to 6-0 with two regular season games – Delaware State and N.C. Central – remaining on the schedule.

Freshman Julius Reynolds had one tackle in the victory. The first-year player from Hoggard has 28 total tackles this season in nine games played, with four tackles for loss and three sacks.

Quarterback Mike Sheehan (Laney) accounted for three touchdowns and Catawba secured at least a share of the South Atlantic Conference football title with a 24-6 win over host Tusculum.  The Catawba Indians won their sixth straight, improving to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the South Atlantic Conference.

Tusculum led 3-0 after one quarter, but Sheehan engineered a 56-yard drive to put Catawba up for good early in the second.  He converted a third down with a 12-yard strike to Gary Williams (Southport, N.C./S. Brunswick HS).  Two Sheehan runs later in the drive put the Indians on top to stay.

Sheehan completed 14 of 24 pass attempts for 234 yards and two touchdowns through the air, with 10 carries for 29 yards on the ground.

Through 10 games, the former Laney standout has 696 rushing yards on 126 carries and nine touchdowns. He’s also thrown for 1,172 yards, with seven touchdown passes.  Williams has 13 catches on the season for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

Ian Bergmann (Laney) had one tackle for loss in Wingate’s 42-24 setback to Mars Hill. Frank Keller (Ashley) also made another start at left guard for Presbyterian in a 21-13 loss to Liberty.