Local athletes made the stat column for a number of football programs across the country this weekend, but the toughest news came from the division II ranks as former Laney High School standout Mike Sheehan saw his college career come to an end a few weeks back because of a broken ankle.
Sheehan ends his time on the field at Catawba as one of only two quarterbacks in program history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards. He was the top passing quarterback in the SAC, leading the league in efficiency during his sophomore season.
During his time at Laney, Sheehan was a three-year starter at quarterback. He was a two-time all-conference and all-area performer, helping the Buccaneers to playoffs his final two seasons. Sheehan threw for 6,600 yards and 56 touchdowns during his time at Laney.
Caleb Fuller, Appalachian State: Appalachian State rolled up 280 yards of offense and four sacks in the first half to seize control early in an impressive 24-0 win at Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday night in a game that aired on ESPN 2.
The win is App State’s (4-2, 2-0) third straight and eighth consecutive on the road in Sun Belt play dating back to last season. The Mountaineers pitched a shutout for the first time since a 49-0 win early in 2015 at Old Dominion.
Fuller had two tackles in the result, including 0.5 tackles for loss. The New Hanover alum saw time as a second-team defensive end against the Rajin Cajuns. He has 11 tackles this season, including 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and one quarterback hurry.
Appalachian State returns to Boone for a Homecoming Game against Sun Belt Conference foe Idaho on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Ramone Simpson, North Carolina Central:
Jacen Murphy, North Carolina Central: North Carolina Central University amassed 422 yards of total offense and recorded a season-best six sacks during a 33-3 homecoming victory over Savannah State University on Saturday inside a packed O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium with a crowd of 12,966 fans.
NCCU (5-2, 4-0 MEAC) remains unbeaten in the conference with its 11th consecutive win over MEAC opposition, including seven straight to end the 2015 campaign.
Simpson and Murphy combined for six carries and eight catches for 87 total yards. Simpson had five rushes for 16 yards and four receptions for 37 yards. Murphy made four catches for 30 yards and one carry for four yards.
The Eagles visit Morgan State University on Oct. 22.
- Terry Caldwell, Ole Miss: For the second straight season, the Ole Miss football team fell in a back-and-forth battle against Arkansas. A six-yard run by Jared Cornelius with 2:20 remaining pushed the No. 22 Razorbacks (5-2, 1-2 SEC) to a 34-30 win over the No. 12 Rebels (3-3, 1-2 SEC) Saturday night at Razorback Stadium.
Caldwell saw time as a backup linebacker, with three tackles, one pass break up and one quarterback hurry. His furious pass rush in the fourth quarter set up a key interception, which resulted in an Ole Miss 30-27 lead with nine minutes to go in the game.
The Hoggard alum has started three games in six outings for the Rebels. He is third on the team with 30 tackles.
Ole Miss remains on the road next week, traveling south to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for another SEC West showdown. The Magnolia Bowl Trophy will be up for grabs when the Rebels battle LSU at 8 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 22) on ESPN.
- Julius Reynolds, North Carolina A&T: In a game that featured very few defensive stops, it was North Carolina A&T offense that powered the FCS 15th-ranked Aggies to a 52-35 win over Bethune-Cookman Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
It was N.C. A&T’s first win in Daytona Beach in 13 years, ending a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats in Florida.Reynolds had three tackles for the Aggies. The sophomore has 19 total tackles this season, with 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
N.C. A&T heads to Washington, D.C., next week to face the Howard Bison (1-6, 1-3 MEAC) 2 p.m., Saturday at Greene Stadium.
- Hunter Louthan, Davidson College: Despite taking an early 14-0 lead, the Davidson football team could not hang on, falling as time expired to a game-winning field goal from the leg of Butler’s Drew Bevelhimer in Pioneer Football League action at Richardson Stadium Saturday afternoon, 20-17.
Louthan made the start at tight end for Davidson. He had three catches for 22 yards. The true freshman has over 100 yards receiving through seven games and one touchdown.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Oct. 22 when they travel to Marist for a conference tilt in Poughkeepsie, New York.
- Mike Sheehan, Catawba: Senior quarterback Mike Sheehan saw his college career come to an end two weeks back as the former Laney standout suffered a broken ankle during a 35-14 setback against Newberry.
Sheehan underwent successful surgery earlier this month. He was a three-year starter at quarterback, who piloted last season’s voyage to the SAC championship.