/seasons/2013/contrib/201311169un9ec

Monarchs Clinch Share of USA South Title With 69-62 Win Over N.C. Wesleyan

More news about: Methodist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Methodist football team clinched a share of the USA South Championship with a 69-62 win over N.C. Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon at Monarch Stadium. Blake Scott provided the game-winning score with a 14-yard touchdown reception with 23 seconds remaining on MU's 100th play from scrimmage.

The win, coupled with Maryville's 45-38 loss at Huntingdon, provided the Monarchs their second conference crown (2005). Both Maryville and Huntingdon finished the season at 8-2 overall and 6-1 in league play. The Scots, by virtue of their 35-26 win over the Monarchs on Sept. 28, will represent the USA South in the NCAA Division III Playoffs.
 
The game featured 14 total touchdowns, 1,315 combined yards from scrimmage and 14 offensive plays that covered 20 yards or more. The 69 points scored by Methodist are the second most in school history, trailing only a 72-point outburst against Gallaudet in 1994. The 673 yards of total offense by the Monarchs set a new school mark.
 
Despite Methodist's prodigious offensive production, it was the Battling Bishops (2-8, 2-5 USA South) who found themselves clinging to a 62-55 lead following a 75-yard pass play from Dustin Midgett to Devante Batey with 8:54 left to play.  The Monarchs answered quickly, needing only six plays and 1:34 to make it a 62-61 game on Marquies Hall's third touchdown run of the day, a four-yard effort, with 7:20 on the clock. However, Jordan Rieling's extra point attempt was no good, and MU still trailed by a single point. 
 

On their next drive, the Battling Bishops picked up three first downs and advanced to the Methodist 39 yard line. Following a false start and a two-yard gain by Elgin Counts, the MU defense forced back-to-back incompletions from Midgett to set up 4th-and-13. Scott called for a fair catch of Will Cutler's punt at the Monarchs' own five yard line with 3:08 to play.

 

A first-down gain of 17 yards, followed by runs of seven and 10 yards by Darius Page allowed Methodist to escape the shadow of its own goal line and gave MU a new set of downs at its own 32 yard line. On 4th-and-2, Jordan Vann, who had replaced injured starter Max Reber, shoveled a pass to Page who picked up 18 yards and took the ball down to the NCWC 42 yard line. On second down, a roughing the passer penalty gave Methodist 15 more yards and Vann found Page again, this time for 13 yards, for a fresh set of downs from the Bishops' 14 yard line. On the next play, Vann hit Scott on a short crossing route and he bulldozed his way into the endzone for the game-winning score with 23 seconds on the clock. Vann then found Anthony Radke in the back of the endzone for a successful two-point conversion.

 

On N.C. Wesleyan's final possession, Tyler Mitchell picked off Midgett at the Methodist 30 yard line to seal the win.

 

The scoring started at a rapid pace as the two teams combined for 37 points in the first quarter alone. Methodist held a 17-6 lead at the 4:03 mark after a Cody Ausherman 37-yard field goal, an 11-yard run by Page and a 29-yard touchdown pass from Reber to Cross. NCWC answered with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Lanier to Malik Adams to pull within 17-13 before MU closed out the quarter with a one-yard scoring plunge by Hall with 59 seconds remaining.

 

In the second quarter, NCWC inched ahead, 27-24, when Lanier scored from two yards out, and after Rieling converted a 32-yard field goal to tie the contest at 27-27. Jacques Alston gave the Battling Bishops a 34-27 lead at the break with a 50-yard scoring run at the 1:16 mark.

 

Radke opened the scoring in the second half, scoring on an 18-yard pass play from Vann to tie the game at 34-34 before NCWC regained the lead, 41-34, on a Lanier to Greg Edwards pass that covered seven yards. Both teams traded scores the remainder of the period and entered the fourth quarter knotted up once again, this time at 48-48.

 

Cross gave MU its first lead since 24-20 when he hauled in his third touchdown of the game, a nine-yarder, which put the score at 55-48 in favor of the Monarchs.  Back-to-back scores by Batey, including his 75-yard catch and run, made it a 62-55 ballgame before MU's rally.

 

For Methodist, Page finished with 157 yards rushing on 30 carries, and 111 yards receiving on five catches with one total touchdown. Hall added 75 yards on 16 carries including three touchdowns, Patrick Jacobs hauled in a team-best eight catches for 95 yards, and Cross wound up with 89 yards on six grabs, including three touchdowns. Vann, who was the USA South Rookie of the Year for N.C. Wesleyan in 2010, finished 21-of-30 for 295 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

 

Defensively, D.J. Payne had eight total tackles and a pass breakup. Marlon Thomas added eight tackles, including a sack, and James Atkinson chipped in six tackles (3.0 for loss), two sacks, a forced fumble and blocked an extra point.

 

Edwards was one of three Bishop wide receivers to surpass the 100-yard mark, with 148 yards on eight receptions (2 TDs). Batey added 131 yards on five catches (3 TDs), and Adams contributed 103 yards on five catches (1 TD). Lanier, whose day was also cut short due to injury, finished 19-of-30 for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Midgett was 8-of-16 for 192 yards with three scores and one interception.  Alston totaled 145 yards rushing on 17 carries with one touchdown.

 

On the defensive side of the ball, NCWC was paced by Rakeem Cooper's 15 tackles, including 2.0 for loss. He also recorded one sack and came up with a fumble recovery. Chris Hassell and Kenneth Newsome each totaled 11 tackles, and Xavier Bell chipped in nine stops (3.0 for loss) and a sack.

 

Methodist has now concluded its season.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Oct. 19: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
Martin Luther at Northwestern (Minn.)
Video Live stats
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Castleton
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Wilkes at Stevenson
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Coast Guard at MIT
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Norwich at Maine Maritime
Video Preview
12:00 PM
Juniata at Moravian
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Gallaudet at Dean
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Endicott at Becker
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Montclair State
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Trinity (Texas)
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Gettysburg
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Brevard
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Misericordia
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Union at St. Lawrence
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Rochester at Ithaca
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Hamilton at Colby
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bates at Middlebury
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Bowdoin
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at Catholic
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Amherst at Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Plymouth State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Anna Maria at Husson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
TCNJ at Kean
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Salve Regina at Curry
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trine at Finlandia
Video
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Ursinus
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
University of New England at Western New England
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
WPI at Merchant Marine
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Dickinson
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Shenandoah at Emory and Henry
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Luther at Nebraska Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Wabash
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Westminster (Pa.)
Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Guilford at Hampden-Sydney
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Bridgewater at Randolph-Macon
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Cortland at Hartwick
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Denison
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Brockport
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at St. Vincent
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Salisbury at Southern Virginia
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Greensboro at Methodist
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Christopher Newport at William Paterson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Albion at Adrian
Video Preview Live stats Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Thomas More at St. Scholastica
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Lake Forest at Grinnell
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Crown at Greenville
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Marietta at John Carroll
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Williams at Tufts
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Ohio Northern at Capital
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Wilmington
Video Preview Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Mount Union
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Alvernia at Lycoming
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Anderson at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Earlham at Franklin
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Hanover at Manchester
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Defiance
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Alfred at Utica
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Framingham State at Westfield State
Preview
2:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. John Fisher
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Otterbein at Muskingum
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Millsaps at Berry
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
McDaniel at Muhlenberg
Video Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Alma at Kalamazoo
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wesley at Rowan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wooster
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Allegheny at Kenyon
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Augustana
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Eureka
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Chicago at Beloit
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Aurora at Rockford
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Bethel
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Gustavus Adolphus
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Carthage
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-Whitewater
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Loras at Simpson
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Knox
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Stevens Point
Live stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
Carleton at St. Thomas
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:30 PM
Worcester State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Preview Live stats
2:30 PM
Central at Wartburg
Video Live stats
2:30 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Austin at Birmingham-Southern
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Centre at Rhodes
3:00 PM
North Park at Carroll
Video Live stats
3:30 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Huntingdon at Averett
Video Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Ferrum
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Pacific
Video Video Live stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at La Verne
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Whitworth at Puget Sound
Video Preview Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental
Video Live stats Audio
4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
Video Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Sul Ross State
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
St. Norbert at Lawrence
Video
10:00 PM
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
Video Live stats
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Montclair State
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Brockport
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trine at Finlandia
Video
1:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Westminster (Pa.)
Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Gettysburg
Video Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Mount Union
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Marietta at John Carroll
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Millsaps at Berry
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wesley at Rowan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
McDaniel at Muhlenberg
Live stats Video Video Preview
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Augustana
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-Whitewater
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Carthage
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
Carleton at St. Thomas
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:30 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Whitworth at Puget Sound
Video Preview Live stats Audio
4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
Video Preview Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio