Wilmington native Connor Barth connected on both point after attempts, but had zero field goal tries for the Chicago Bears in a week one 23-14 setback to the Houston Texans.
While Barth is off to a good start in Chicago, the story, indirectly relating to Barth from the opening weekend of the National Football League was in New Orleans. The Saints cut Barth as NFL teams trimmed their rosters down to 53 players heading into the regular season. Kai Forbath beat out Barth for the place-kicking job in New Orleans after a competitive training camp and preseason. The organization made a surprise move by releasing Forbath and signing rookie Wil Lutz moving into their week one matchup at home against Oakland.
Lutz successfully converted 2-of-4 field goal attempts and missed a last second field goal try from 61 yards, which narrowly missed wide left to secure New Orleans’ week one fate, a loss. Ironically, Barth has never missed an attempt in the Super Dome during his NFL career.
Hoggard High School alum Jonathan Cooper was ruled out Sunday night’s game for the New England Patriots. Cooper has been dealing with a foot injury all summer. He missed every preseason game after being carted off the field during the first week of training camp.
College football week two statistics, highlights
- Caleb Fuller, Appalachian State: The Appalachian State defense held Old Dominion to a lone second-quarter touchdown as the Mountaineers cruised to a 24-7 victory against Old Dominion on Saturday in front of 23,374 fans at The Rock in Boone.
Fuller had two quarterback hurries as a starter at defensive end. He now has four tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback hurries through two games.
Appalachian State plays its second Top 25 opponent this season on Saturday, Sept. 17 in a home game against No. 25 Miami Hurricanes. The game will be televised live on ESPN. Kickoff is at Noon.
- Terry Caldwell, Ole Miss: A school-record crowd of 64,232 showed for No. 18 Ole Miss’ home opener at newly renovated Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the Rebels rolled to a 38-13 win over Wofford.
Caldwell finished with four total tackles. He now has 14 tackles through two games as No. 18 Ole Miss continues its four-game home stand this week when the Rebels welcome the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to Oxford for the SEC opener. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised by CBS.
- Julius Reynolds, North Carolina A&T: North Carolina A&T moved to 2-0 overall following a 39-36 quadruple overtime victory over Division I-FBS Kent State. The game did not end until after midnight following a two-hour delay to the start of the game because of lighting. The win over Kent State is the Aggies first over an FBS program.
Reynolds finished with three tackles and one tackle for loss. In two games, the sophomore is fourth on the team in tackles (10). He also has 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
North Carolina A&T has another FBS opponent this week as they travel to Tulsa to face Tulsa University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.
- Harrison Smith, Randolph Macon: Randolph Macon is off to a 2-0 start as the Yellow Jackets cruised past Averett 44-10 Saturday evening in front of 3,113 fans at Day Field in Ashland, Virginia. Smith had one reception for five yards in the win.
The Hoggard alum has three catches this season for 34 yards. Randolph-Macon will host Methodist on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. at Day Field to conclude its non-conference slate.
- Alex Highsmith, UNC-Charlotte: Charlotte had over 500 yards of total offense (506) and scored 47 straight points en route to a 47-14 win at home over Elon. Freshman Alex Highsmith recorded his first career tackle in the victory.
Mike Sheehan, Catawba: Quarterback Mike Sheehan nearly finished a fourth quarter drive to give Catawba the win, but Winston-Salem State stopped the last-minute pushed to secure a 23-17 win for the Rams. The Catawba Indians fall to 0-2.
Sheehan scored both touchdowns for Catawba. He finished with 15 carries for 34 yards and one score on the ground. Sheehan also completed 18-of-36 attempts for 232 yards, including a nine yard touchdown pass to Keyon West.
- Larry Williams, Oklahoma State: Williams made his second start for Oklahoma State on Saturday in a game that ended with a controversial finish as the Cowboys fell 30-27 to Central Michigan.
After an intentional grounding penalty on Oklahoma State gave Central Michigan one last un-timed play from midfield, Cooper Rush lofted up a Hail Mary pass that hit Jesse Kroll just inside the 10 yard line. As Kroll was being taken down, he pitched it back to Corey Willis, who cut across the field and barely managed to score to upset No. 22 Oklahoma State.
The referees in the game and video replay crew have since been suspended after officials mistakenly gave Central Michigan the un-timed final play. The crew made a misapplication of the rule and should not have extended the contest with one final play.