Sunday, July 21, 2024

College standouts shine at Arizona, Coastal Carolina and East Carolina

Local standouts from the Wilmington area had a big week for their respective universities and continue to excel this fall.

Sophomore wide out Trevon Brown (New Hanover) found the end zone for the fourth time this season on a 29-yard touchdown reception to make it 21-3 with 10:09 to play in the second quarter in a 44-7 win for East Carolina. Brown finished with three catches for 47 yards, recording his first touchdown since week six against BYU.

Trevon Brown. Photo courtesy- John Crouch
Trevon Brown. Photo courtesy- John Crouch

The victory snapped a three-game skid for ECU (5-6, 3-4 AAC) and kept its bowl hopes alive with one game left to play in the regular season – a Senior Day showdown with Cincinnati next Saturday at noon inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

In eight games this season, the former New Hanover High School standout is third on the team in receptions (33), with 416 receiving yards.

Terry Caldwell (Hoggard) had three tackles for No. 22 Ole Miss in a 38-17 victory over No. 15 LSU on Saturday.

In the FCS, freshman Julius Reynolds (Hoggard) made three tackles for North Carolina A&T, but the Aggies fell 21-16 to North Carolina Central. The Aggies earned a share of the MEAC Conference Championship and still have a chance to further their season in the inaugural Celebration Bowl to be played in Atlanta between the MEAC and SWAC champions at noon Dec. 19 on ABC.

Tuskegee used two big first-quarter pass plays to hand Catawba a 26-16 setback in a first-round game of the 2015 NCAA II Football Playoffs. The Catawba Indians, ranked 25th and seeded third, ended their season at 9-3.

Mike Sheehan (Laney) threw for 305 yards for Catawba, completing 38 of 47 passes. Gary Williams (South Brunswick) scored on a reverse sweep for a 45-yard touchdown as Catawba cut the lead to 14-7 at the 3:35 mark of the quarter. Sheehan also hit Keyon West on a four-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

Sheehan closed his junior year at quarterback with 2,299 yards of total offense and 20 total touchdowns. He rushed for 694 yards and 12 scores, completing 161 of 269 pass attempts for 1,605 yards.

Williams finished his college career with 17 catches this season. He had 226 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

On the hardwood, Kadeem Allen (Arizona) had 10 points for No. 12 Arizona in an 88-76 win over Boise State on Thursday night. The redshirt junior went 4 of 7 from the floor, with one three-pointer, three rebounds and six assists.

Elijah Wilson. Photo courtesy- Coastal Carolina Athletics
Elijah Wilson. Photo courtesy- Coastal Carolina Athletics

The Wildcats got back on the floor on Sunday night and grabbed a  victory against Northwestern State. Allen had four points, five rebounds, five assist and three steals to help Arizona get off to a 4-0 start this season.

Following two losses at the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team grabbed their first win of the season in a 104-67 rout over Grace Bible on Wednesday. Elijah Wilson (Laney) had 10 points in the result and the junior guard scored a season-high 25 points, including 17 in the first half, as Coastal Carolina cruised by Piedmont International 116-35 in a Saturday matinee at the HTC Center.

Wilson ended the game 11 of 18 from the floor with three 3-pointers in his 24 minutes of play.

T.J. Gathright (Ashley) had four points and T.J. Williams (Ashley) added five points for North Georgia in a 93-78 setback to Queens University.

Jada Bacchus (Ashley) saw 16 minutes of action for Mount Olive on Saturday afternoon in a 95-67 setback to Virginia Union. The freshman went 4 of 6 from the free throw line, but 0 for 5 from the field to finish with four points, two rebounds and two assists.

Tiana Edwards (Laney) hit two treys and closed with eight points on Saturday for Winston-Salem State and the sophomore scored 12 points on Sunday as the Rams defeated Washington Adventist 58-43 to close the weekend road swing in Elizabeth City, N.C.

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