With the football season in full swing as the end of September approaches, local athletes continue to have an impact for their respective programs at the college level, while Wilmington resident Connor Barth missed his only field goal attempt on Monday Night Football as the Chicago Bears dropped a 29-14 contest to the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field.
The Bears offense has struggled through two weeks, getting his first field goal opportunity on Monday after hitting both extra points in week one. His attempt from 31 yards out hit the left upright, leaving Chicago without points on an eight-play, 72-yard drive in the first quarter. For the season, Barth is a perfect 4-for-4 on point attempts and o-for-1 on field goals.
For the second straight week Jonathan Cooper was ruled out leading into the New England Patriots home game against the Miami Dolphins. Cooper has been less than 100 percent as he continues to recover from nagging foot injury that sidelined the Hoggard alum since the opening days of training camp.
Here’s a round-up of how local sports stars have done for their respective college programs so far this week:
- Terry Caldwell, Ole Miss: No. 17 Ole Miss dropped its Southeastern Conference opener 48-43 to No. 1 Alabama in front of a school record crowd of 66,176 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday.
Caldwell led the Rebels with a career high-tying 10 tackles. The senior linebacker has a team-high 24 tackles through three games for 1-2 Ole Miss.
Ole Miss continues its four-game home stand with the Georgia Bulldogs next Saturday. The game will kick off at Noon eastern and televised on ESPN.
- Julius Reynolds, North Carolina A&T: Two blocked punts and two interceptions, one for touchdown, in the first 20 minutes put North Carolina A&T behind early and the Aggies could never recover in a 58-21 setback on the road at FBS-opponent, Tulsa.
Reynolds had three tackles at North Carolina A&T. The sophomore from Hoggard has 13 tackles in three games this season, with 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
At 2-1 overall, the Aggies will have a bye week before entering conference play against Hampton 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 at Aggie Stadium.
- Hunter Louthan, Davidson College: Davidson jumped out to a 38-0 lead en route to a 38-12 victory over Livingstone in non-conference football action Saturday night at Richardson Stadium.
Louthan made one catch for six yards in the result. The freshman tight end has three receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown through three games.
With the win, Davidson opens the season 2-1 for the first time since the 2011 campaign as the Wildcats open Pioneer Football League play Saturday, Sept. 24 when they visit Valparaiso.
- Caleb Fuller, Appalachian State: A fast start in the first half for No. 25 Miami doomed Appalachian State as the Mountaineers fell 45-10 on Saturday afternoon in front of a record crowd of 34,658 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Saturday’s game was the first time Appalachian State hosted a top 25 program at its home stadium.
Fuller was listed as a start for the Mountaineers at defensive end, but did not get into the state column. Through three games, Fuller has four tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback hurries.
After a pair of losses to nationally ranked opponents this season, Appalachian State (1-2) heads on the road this week for a date at Akron.
- Jacen Murphy, North Carolina Central: North Carolina Central University scored nine touchdowns during a 65-7 home-opening victory over Saint Augustine’s University on Saturday inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
Murphy got into the stat column for the second straight week with one catch and two rushes for 23 total yards. The junior had one carry for eight yards in last week’s game against Western Michigan.
N.C. Central (1-2) now prepares for conference play as the Eagles visit MEAC foe Norfolk State University on Sept. 24 in Virginia.
- Mike Sheehan, Catawba: The Catawba defense forced five turnovers on Saturday to grab its first win of the season 40-20 against Carson-Newman. The Indians improved to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference.
Quarterback Mike Sheehan put Catawba in front 24-13 after the second half kickoff with a 67-yard drive that ended on a 15-yard run touchdown run by Sheehan. The Laney alum was 19-of-27 through the air for 147 yards, with 12 carries for 31 yards rushing.
For the season, Sheehan has 102 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. He also has a 57.3 complete percentage with 488 yards passing.
- Larry Williams, Oklahoma State: Williams started at right guard for the Cowboys on Saturday as a late score guided Oklahoma State to a 45-38 victory over Pittsburgh. The Cowboys put up 640 yards of total offense in the win.
Williams has started in each of the three games on the offensive line as the redshirt junior settles in at right guard after transferring from Hutchinson Community College last spring.
Oklahoma State (2-1) travels for its first away game of the season, visiting Big 12 rival Baylor.
- Alex Highsmith, UNC-Charlotte: Eastern Michigan took the early lead on the 49ers (1-2) and thwarted Charlotte’s comeback efforts with key turnovers to grab a 37-19 victory at Jerry Richardson Stadium.
Highsmith had one tackle for the second straight week as the redshirt freshman has played in all three games this season.
UNC-Charlotte heads to Philadelphia for a date with Temple on Saturday, Sept. 24