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A trio of former football players from New Hanover High School highlights this week’s college report, while Connor Barth hit 1-of-2 field goal attempts for the Chicago Bears in 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions.

Connor Barth. Photo courtesy-
Connor Barth. (Photo courtesy-

Barth missed a 50-yard attempt late in the first half, but knocked it both extra points and hit a 25-yard kick in the fourth quarter to cap an 11-play, 73 yard drive with 10:09 remaining the in game to give Chicago enough breathing room to score the Bears first victory this season.

Detroit scored its lone touchdown on an 85-yard punt return late in the game as the three points recorded by Barth proved to be the difference at Soldier Field on Sunday. Barth is now 2-of-4 on field goals this season and a perfect 6-for-6 on point after tries.

Chicago (1-3) heads into a road game against the Indianapolis Colts (1-3) on Sunday, Oct. 9.

In the college ranks, New Hanover High School alums Jacen Murphy and Ramone Simpson played against former teammate Marcel Anderson when N.C. Central squared off against Bethune-Cookman in FCS Division I football over the weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Simpson ran for a career-best 116 yards, including a 40-yard dash into the end zone to put the game out of reach with less than two minutes remaining. N.C. Central finished with 489 yards of total offense. Murphy had two catches for 33 yards in the win. Anderson is a redshirt-freshman for Bethune-Cookman.

N.C. Central (3-2, 2-0 MEAC) hosts Florida A&M in Durham on Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

New Hanover 

  • Caleb Fuller, Appalachian State: Four interceptions highlighted a stout defensive effort by Appalachian State and powered the Mountaineers to a 17-3 win over Georgia State on Saturday at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone.

 Fuller had three tackles in the win. The junior defensive end has nine tackles on the year, with three tackles for loss and two sacks.

From left-to-right: Jacen Murphy, Marcel Anderson, Ramone Simpson.
From left-to-right: Jacen Murphy, Marcel Anderson, Ramone Simpson.

The Mountaineers improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. App State will have the week off before heading to Louisiana on Wednesday, Oct. 12 for an 8 p.m. ET kick against UL Lafayette on ESPN2.

  • Ramone Simpson, North Carolina Central: The sophomore running back has rushed for over 200 yards in the past two weeks, with three touchdowns.


  • Terry Caldwell, Ole Miss: The Rebels (3-2, 1-1 SEC) jumped out to a 27-7 lead and cruised a 48-28 victory over Memphis (3-1, 0-0 American) in front of 65,889 fans for homecoming at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night.

Caldwell had three tackles for Ole Miss. The Hoggard alum has made three starts in five games. He’s third on the team with 27 tackles and one forced fumble.

Ole Miss is off this week week and returns to Southeastern Conference action at Arkansas Oct. 15 for the first of back-to-back SEC road games.

  • Julius Reynolds, North Carolina A&T: In front of a national television audience watching live on ESPNU, North Carolina A&T grabbed a 31-9 victory over Hampton to remain unbeaten in the MEAC.

Reynolds has 15 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery through four games. The Aggies have another Thursday night game on ESPNU this week at Aggie Stadium as they host Norfolk State at 7:30 p.m.

  • Hunter Louthan, Davidson College: In addition to forcing four first-half turnovers, Davidson rolled to a 38-12 victory over Livingstone in non-conference football action Saturday night at Richardson Stadium.

 Louthan made one catch for six yards. Through five games, the freshman tight end has seven receptions for 83 yards and one touchdown.

The Wildcats open Pioneer Football League play next Saturday, Sept. 24, when they visit Valparaiso. Kickoff from Brown Field is slated for 1 p.m.

  • Harrison Smith, Randolph Macon: The Randolph-Macon football team had 364 yards of total offense in a 24-19 soggy ODAC victory over Shenandoah. The Yellow Jackets moved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in conference.

Smith had two catches for 47 yards in the win. Through four games, the sophomore wideout has five receptions for 81 yards.

Randolph-Macon returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 8 for a 1 p.m. home ODAC contest against Bridgewater at Day Field.


  • Mike Sheehan, Catawba: In a game that neither team could muster 300 yards of offense, Newberry claimed a 35-14 win over Catawba on Saturday night at Setzler Field.  The Catawba Indians fall to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in league play.

    Alex Highsmith. Photo courtesy- Charlotte 49ers Athletics.
    Alex Highsmith. Photo courtesy- Charlotte 49ers Athletics.

 Sheehan completed 8-of-12 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. The senior quarterback is second on the team with 131 rushing yards this season, completing 76-of-127 pass attempts for 804 yards and four touchdowns.

Catawba comes home to Shuford Stadium on Saturday, hosting Limestone at 1:30 pm.

  • Larry Williams, Oklahoma State: The Cowboys put up 555 yards of total as Oklahoma State defeated No. 22 Texas 49-31 on Saturday.

 Williams made his fifth start at right guards for the Cowboys, who moved to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 Conference.

Oklahoma State returns home to face Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 8.


  • Alex Highsmith, UNC-Charlotte: Highsmith found the stat sheet with one tackle in UNC-Charlotte’s 52-17 setback to Old Dominion. The redshirt freshman has five tackles and one quarterback hurry this season.

The 49ers travel to Florida Atlantic this Saturday in search of its first-ever Conference USA victory.

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