Friday's High Country Sports Update.... (2016-11-11 16:02:54)

UL Lafayette Hangs on to Defeat Georgia Southern 33-26....STATESBORO, Ga. – Anthony Jennings ran for 96 yards and a touchdown and threw for 210 yards to lead UL Lafayette to a 33-26 Sun Belt Conference football victory over Georgia Southern Thursday night in Paulson Stadium. 


True freshman Seth Shuman completed 21 of 36 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown in his first career start for Georgia Southern (4-6, 3-3). It was the highest passing total for an Eagle in seven seasons. BJ Johnson III set career highs of nine receptions and 127 receiving yards, and Myles Campbell caught five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Dion Ray rushed eight times for 71 yards and a touchdown for UL Lafayette (4-5, 3-3), while Al Riles caught five passes for 81 yards and a score and threw a 48-yard touchdown pass. 
Trailing 33-19 late in the game, Georgia Southern gave itself life when Darrius Sapp blocked a ULL punt, and Ironhead Gallon scooped it up and returned it 67 yards to the Ragin’ Cajun 3-yard line. L.A. Ramsby punched it in from 1-yard out three plays later, and Younghoe Koo made the point after to make it a seven-point game with 4:23 to play.
But the Eagle defense could not get another stop as UL Lafayette converted two third downs while Georgia Southern had to burn its timeouts. The last came on third-and-8 with just over a minute left when Jennings completed a 9-yard pass to Riles. The Ragin’ Cajuns were able to take two knees to run out the clock and seal the win.
The story
Georgia Southern cut a 14-6 margin to one point on a Campbell touchdown late in the first half, but UL Lafayette zipped down the field, covering 92 yards in 1:05, and pushed the lead back to eight points on a 10-yard run by Jennings with six seconds to go.
The score ignited 17 straight points by the Ragin’ Cajuns, who took control of the game. Stevie Artigue hit a 34-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, and ULL used a trick play for a 48-yard touchdown pass that opened a 31-13 advantage just over two minutes later. Riles took the snap and faked a sweep to the left, then pulled back and hit a wide-open Keenan Barnes for the big play.
The Eagles converted two fourth downs, including a fake punt when punter Matt Flynn threw to Ross Alexander for a 26-yard gain, to work the ball down the field late in the third, and Ramsby capped the 86-yard drive with a 2-yard TD run. The Eagles opted to go for two to make it a 10-point game by faking a kick attempt, but Otha Peters intercepted Flynn’s pass and took it all the way back for the defensive two-point conversion to make the score 33-19.
Georgia Southern’s average field positon was its own 28-yard line, the Eagles were 6 of 16 on third down and UL Lafayette stacked the box all night and gave up just 52 yards on the ground.
Koo got the Eagles on the scoreboard first with a 39-yard field goal that capped a nice drive on their opening possession of the game. Ray rushed for 30 yards on three carries on the Ragin’ Cajuns’ ensuing drive, and Elijah McGuire scored from a yard out to give UL Lafayette its first lead of the game.
Koo hit a 27-yard field goal early in the second quarter after Shuman found Johnson for a 53-yard pass to move the Eagles into Ragin’ Cajun territory. UL Lafayette answered with a 16-yard run by Ray to open a 14-6 lead, but Shuman led the Eagles’ next scoring drive, completing six passes for 61 yards, and hit Campbell with a 10-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-13.
Head coach Tyson Summers
On offense
“We went into the game knowing we would have to have a different game plan with all the injuries, and though we had some success at times, we weren’t able to execute the way we needed to at times. They were able to put seven or eight guys near the line of scrimmage and because we were not in our normal offense with the ability to run the option, we got stalemated early. But we made some adjustments had some success throwing the ball with quick passes and making some plays that way. I thought our receivers played well and with all the looks Seth saw, he played pretty well.”
On defense
“We didn’t play well enough to win. We didn’t stop the run with enough consistency, and we had lots of big downs where we weren’t able to make a play. The drive at the end of the first half is a gut-wrencher, especially when you are able to get yourself back in the game like we did.”
On the fake PAT and fake punt
“We used the Swinging Gate to check numbers, and we certainly saw the numbers and looks you want to see to give it a try. We’re trying to get it back to a touchdown and a field goal. We didn’t execute the way we needed to, and it winds up being a 14-point game. On the other side, the fake punt was executed really well - a nice job and throw by Matt and a nice catch and run by Ross.”
Senior receiver BJ Johnson III
“I don’t really like to talk about my performance because it wasn’t good enough, and we didn’t get the job done. We are going to continue to come out and practice hard like we have been and just see what happens. To be a part of a team like this that continues to fight and persevere is pretty special.”
Senior linebacker Ironhead Gallon
On the punt
“I saw the ball fumbling around and nobody was around me so I scooped it up, and the guys did a great job blocking for me. I just wish I would have got it in there.”
On the outcome
“It’s very tough. We just have to be able to bounce back. Our backs are against the wall, and we just have to pick it up and find a way to make it happen.”
Next up
Georgia Southern travels to Georgia State Saturday, Nov. 19, and kickoff is set for 2 p.m. in the Georgia Dome. Two points will be on the line in the Southern vs. State Rivalry Series.

Hardin Park - 34
Mabel -16
Valle Crucis - 39
Cove Creek  - 31
Mabel - 24
Hardin Park - 7
Cove Creek - 23
Valle Crucis - 21
CHAMPION – East Wilkes
Player of the Year – Sarah Hardin – (Ashe)
Coach of the Year – Barry Byrd (East Wilkes)
Tournament Champion – East Wilkes
Tournament MVP – Sarah Hardin
Morgan Finney (Alleghany)
Sarah Hardin (Ashe County)
Laken Harrold (North Wilkes)
Madison Osborne (Ashe)
Ava Tharpe (East Wilkes)
Hunter Tharpe (East Wilkes)
Honorable Mention
Sammi Jo Walker (Wilkes Central)
Kayla Wiles (East Wilkes)
Champions – North Wilkes
Player of the Year – Avery Wood (North Wilkes)
Coach of the Year - Kimberly Harrison (North Wilkes)
Kenzi Adkins (Alleghany)
Lynsey Aldridge (Ashe)
Lauren Anderson (West Wilkes)
Catie Beth Brown (Elkin)
Emily Bumgarner (West Wilkes)
Raygen Casstevens (North Wilkes)
Taitum Cothren (North Wilkes)
Jenna Eisner (Alleghany)
Maggie Freed (Starmount)
Alexis Hoppers (Alleghany)
McKenzie Mastin (West Wilkes)
Sapphire Nichols (North Wilkes)
Anna Pardue (Starmount)
Allison Parker (Wilkes Central)
Kayla Vanhoy (Starmount)
Avery Wood (North Wilkes)
Taylor Wood (Starmount)
Honorable Mention
Kallie Blackburn (East Wilkes)
Cameron Hawkins (Alleghany)
Madison Hodges (West Wilkes)
Katherine Jennings (Elkin)
Abbey Johnson (Starmount)
Tyler Johnston (North Wilkes)
Mattie Joines (Ashe)
Jada McClure (Ashe)
Kailey McNeil (Wilkes Central)
Carrie Pennell (West Wilkes)
Rachel Prevette (East Wilkes)
Rayni Pruitt (Alleghany)
Rachel Splawn (North Wilkes)
Kylie Thomas (Elkin)
Lacey Triplett (Wilkes Central)
Callie Trivette (Starmount)
Champion – East Wilkes
Runner of the Year – Brandon Miller (West Wilkes)
Coach of the Year – Anita Tharpe (East Wilkes)
Terek Ashley (Ashe County)
Tafton Baker (Ashe)
Leonardo Bonilla (North Wilkes)
Nathan Brown (Elkin)
Preston Dowell (East Wilkes)
Brandon Hemric (East Wilkes)
Keaton Hincher (North Wilkes)
Chris Lomax (Elkin)
Brandon Miller (West Wilkes)
Riley Richardson (Ashe)
Kyle Rhodes (East Wilkes)
David Roten (Ashe)
Jake Shepherd (Ashe)
Grant Stone (Wilkes Central(
Charles Walker (Elkin)
Bobby Wiles (East Wilkes)
Honorable Mention
Chandler Adams West Wilkes)
Matt Call (Wilkes Central)
Robert Fuentes (Starmount)
Nathan Mullis (East Wilkes)
Justin Williams (Alleghany)
Champion – East Wilkes
Runner of the Year – Mahaley Cronk (Ashe)
Coach of the Year – Anita Tharpe (East Wilkes)
Ayla Albert (West Wilkes)
Faith Brewer (Starmount)
Gracie Brown (East Wilkes)
Mahaley Cronk (Ashe)
Autum Garcia (East Wilkes)
Valley Harbour (West Wilkes)
Claire Maske (Starmount)
Ciara Pierce (East Wilkes)
Olivia Randolph (Ashe)
Zole Schell (Ashe)
Kaylee Shelton (East Wilkes)
Lacey Triplett (Wilkes Central)
Maya Tugman (Wilkes Central)
Madison Warner (Ashe)
Victoria Young (North Wilkes)
Honorable Mention
Madison Bauguess (East Wilkes)
Carrie Lowe (Wilkes Central)
Chloe Osborne (Elkin)
Lyric Ryan (East Wilkes)
Lizbert Zuniga (Starmount)
Champions – Elkin
Player of the Year –Mattie Timmerman - (Elkin)
Coach of the Year – Aaron Simmons - (East Wilkes
Emma Aldridge (Elkin)
Morgan Church (Ashe)
Anna Corley (Ashe)
Kinsey Crabb (East Wilkes)
Caroline Current (Ashe)
Brianna Demario (North Wilkes)
Brianna Dreyer (Elkin)
Amanda Eddins (West Wilkes)
Kaylie Fernandez Ashe)
Mikayla Howell (North Wilkes)
Brie Jarvis (East Wilkes)
Mattie Lester (East Wilkes)
Iridian Lopez (Alleghany)
Lindsey Matheny (West Wilkes)
Emily Mendenhall (Starmount)
Katherine Minton (West Wilkes)
Amber Miller (Ashe)
Leah Nance (East Wilkes)
Abby Reeves (East Wilkes)
Brooklyn Roope ((North Wilkes)
Erin Shelton (West Wilkes)
Bianka Soos (Elkin)
Mattie Timmerman (Elkin)
Mackenzie Wood (Ashe)
Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Wins Opening Round Match

Misenheimer, N.C. - The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (12-4-3) defeated Tusculum (16-4), 3-1, in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Division II Tournament Thursday night at N.E. Lekfo Field.

With the victory, the Bears advanced to the second round and will face eighth-ranked and top-seeded Pfeiffer (18-2) Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. In the Southeast Regional Tournament, the Bears are seeded sixth while the Pioneers are the third seed.

Three players - junior defender Kevin Nadeau (Morganton, N.C.), junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) and sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) - scored for the Bears in the battle between a pair of South Atlantic Conference schools.

Lenoir-Rhyne also picked up its first NCAA Division II Playoff victory since a 3-2 win over Catawba on November 2, 2006, in Hickory, N.C.

Nadeau opened the scoring at the 16:04 mark of the first half unassisted for the lone score of the first half.

Noumansana tallied his league-leading 17th goal of the season in the 57th minute for a 2-0 advantage for the Bears. Fernandez was credited with the assist on the play.

Holding a 2-1 lead with just 1:09 left, Fernandez iced the match for Lenoir-Rhyne as he scored off a free kick from senior midfielder Mitch Botfield (Walsall, ENGLAND).

Lenoir-Rhyne junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the victory after stopping four shots while Jorge Alvarez (Gijón, SPAIN) suffered the loss in goal for the Pioneers despite making seven saves. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 15-13 advantage in shots taken while Tusculum's Vetle Salte (Bryne, NORWAY) scored in the 78th minute.