Sunday, October 30, 2016

Saturday's SoCon Football Round-up (10-29-16)

Week number nine is now in the books, so let's take a look at the games.

Mercer at Wofford
On Saturday afternoon, the Wofford College football team earned a 31-21 victory over Mercer at Gibbs Stadium. The Terriers took a 24-7 lead in the third quarter after a blocked punt recovery for touchdown by David Howerton and a field goal by David Marvin, but the Bears battled back in the fourth quarter to make it a close contest. Wofford moves to 5-3 on the season and 3-2 in the Southern Conference, Mercer is 4-4 and 2-3 in the league.   Football Wins 31-21 Over Mercer

Furman at VMI
The Furman Paladins scored 24 unanswered points in the middle portions of the game, en route to a 24-10 victory over the VMI Keydets in SoCon football action Saturday at Foster Stadium in Lexington, Va. VMI (3-5, 1-4 SoCon) opened the scoring with a Reed King field goal in the first quarter, but would not score again until the opening moments in the fourth period. Furman (2-6, 2-3), meanwhile, saw quarterback Reese Hannon account for 291 yards through the air and another 84 on the ground (375 total) en route to its second consecutive win. Keydets Drop 24-10 Contest to Furman

ETSU at The Citadel
The 5th-ranked Citadel football team remained undefeated with a 45-10 win over SoCon foe ETSU on Saturday afternoon, racking up 427 rushing yards in the victory. The win gives The Citadel a single-season record eight straight wins and ties the program record with seven consecutive Southern Conference home victories. The win also gave the Bulldogs a program-record-tying six conference wins this season and is the 12th SoCon win since the beginning of the 2015 season, the most conference wins in a two-year stretch in program history.   The Citadel Remains Undefeated

Samford at Mississippi State
Samford rolled up 627 yards of offense, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs dropped a hard-fought 56-41 decision at Mississippi State Saturday afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium. Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges completed 42-of-69 passes for a career-high 468 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. The performance marked Hodges' fourth 400-yard passing game of the season. For Mississippi State, Nick Fitzgerald completed 20-of-35 passes for 417 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Fitzgerald also rushed 19 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Richie Brown led the MSU defense with 13 tackles.   Samford Falls In Hard-Fought Contest At MSU

Chattanooga at Western Carolina
The No. 8 Chattanooga Mocs ran to a 38-25 Southern Conference victory at Western Carolina Saturday afternoon. The Mocs amassed a season-high 323 yards of rushing with 515 in total offense. Junior running back Richardre Bagley posted his second straight 100-yard day with a team-best 126 yards on 19 carries. Junior quarterback Tyler Roberson got in the act as well with 121 and a score. The Mocs scored on their first four drives to build a 28-10 lead. It started with a 60-yard strike from Alejandro Bennifield to C.J. Board. Bagley's six and one-yard scoring runs sandwiched a 54-yard scamper from Roberson. Board keyed a 31-10 halftime advantage. After a turnover, the defense forced a three-and-out with just 38 seconds ticking off the clock. Western's Ian Berryman boomed a 52-yard punt that Board collected at the 13. Seventy-two yards later, Henrique Ribeiro jogged on the field for a 32-yarder to send the squad into the half.   No. 8 Chattanooga Cruises to 38-25 Road Win at Western Carolina

After 9 weeks of play.... the standings
1. The Citadel 6-0, overall: 8-0
2. Chattanooga 6-1, overall: 8-1
3. Samford 4-1, overall: 6-2
4. Wofford 3-2, overall: 5-3
5. Mercer 2-3, overall 4-4
6. Furman 2-3, overall: 2-6
7. VMI 1-4, overall: 3-5
8. ETSU 1-5, overall 3-5
9. Western Carolina 0-6, 1-7

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