Former Northwestern Trojan signal caller Justin Worley had his second straight good outing for the Tennessee Volunteers, throwing two touchdown passes and running in a third during the Vols’ 34-19 win over Arkansas State on Saturday. Worley completed 22 of his 38 passes for 247 yards, and did throw an interception, but his effort was more than enough to push Tennessee to 2-0.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones discussed Worley’s play afterward: "Well, I know he'd like to have the one (interception) back, but he's done a great job. He is playing poised. He is calm. He's collective. He's getting us in the right plays. He is leading. He has a commanding presence about himself. And, he is not getting rattled. I've been really, really pleased with his performance."
The competition gets much tougher this week, though; the Vols play at Oklahoma Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Starnes, Blake, Tusculum set NCAA record
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Former South Pointe Stallion Devin Starnes made four tackles last Thursday night, helping Tusculum College to an NCAA record-setting 71-0 beating of the College of Faith. Starnes, a sophomore linebacker, and the Pioneers held College of Faith, a first-year program to negative-100 yards of total offense, negative-124 yards rushing and recording three safeties against the Saints, all NCAA records.
Clover’s Alihja Blake also lined up at linebacker for the Pioneers and made three tackles and three tackles-for-loss in the blowout.
McCullough catches touchdown pass in Clemson romp
Nation Ford’s Jay Jay McCullough caught three passes for 61 yards and his first career touchdown during Clemson’s 73-6 win over South Carolina State on Saturday. McCullough, a redshirt sophomore, snagged a 34-yard pass from Deshaun Watson with five minutes left in the third quarter to make it 51-0.
Chester’s Kalon Davis made his second straight start this season at right guard for the Tigers. Northwestern’s Rod Byers also appeared for Clemson.
South Carolina State true freshman Jerome Pettiway, playing this time last year with the York Cougars, punted 12 times for the Bulldogs, averaging 36.5 yards and landing two inside the 20-yard line.
Lots of locals involved in South Carolina win over ECU
Northwestern’s Gerald Dixon Jr., came up with a clutch field goal block just before halftime to help South Carolina keep East Carolina at bay Saturday. The Gamecocks eventually pulled away for a 33-23 win over the visiting Pirates.
Gerald Dixon, from South Pointe, made a pair of tackles, while fellow Stallion Landon Ard had another good game kicking off, knocking five of his eight kickoffs for touchbacks.
Northwestern’s Brandon Williams started at inside linebacker for ECU and made nine stops against his home-state school. Fort Mill’s Worth Gregory punted once in the game for the Pirates, booting a 52-yarder. Nation Ford’s J.T. Boyd saw time as a reserve on the ECU offensive line.
Miller, The Citadel fall to No. 1 FSU
The Citadel Bulldogs held their own against Florida State Saturday night, but still fell to the nation’s top team 37-12. Clover’s Aaron Miller started at quarterback for the Bulldogs and ran for 61 yards on 14 carries, while also completing 3 of 11 passes for 46 yards and a second half touchdown.
Former South Pointe Stallion and Bulldog true freshman Josh Massey made a pair of tackles against the Seminoles. Rock Hill Bearcat Mitchell Jeter again started on the defensive line and recorded a tackle. The Citadel has a bye week before facing city rival Charleston Southern on Sept. 20.
Another big outing for Corey Neely
Georgia Military sophomore, and former South Pointe Stallion, Corey Neely followed up his NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Week performance with another strong effort in GMC’s 28-19 loss to Kilgore. Neely, a free safety, made 10 tackles, forced and recovered a fumble, returning it 55 yards before being brought down, and also intercepted a pass. Through two games, Neely leads junior college football in tackles per game (13.5) and fumble recoveries (3).
• Northwestern’s Keon Stowers made three tackles, assisting on a tackle-for-loss as the Jayhawks held off FCS schoool Southeast Missouri 34-28 on Saturday.
• Wake Forest true freshman Zeek Rodney made a single tackle in the Demon Deacons’ 23-7 win over Gardner-Webb. Rodney, the former South Pointe Shrine Bowler, and the Deacons face Utah State next.
• York’s fraternal duo of Beau and Hunter Nunn both saw action in Appalachian State’s 66-0 blowout of Campbell on Saturday. Beau made his second straight start at left guard for the Mountaineers, while Hunter saw action as well. South Pointe’s Eric Westbrook made a single tackle for Campbell, which fell to 0-2.
• Chester’s Ariane McCree had another solid outing for Jackson State, which throttled Virginia-Lynchburg 59-0 on Saturday. McCree, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound redshirt senior linebacker, made three tackles, including two for a loss of 14 combined yards, and one-and-a-half sacks in limited playing time during Jackson State’s first shutout since 2002.
• Chester’s Neil Williams made two tackles and recovered a fumble in N.C. Central’s 34-7 win over Elizabeth City State.
• Brothers Dan and Nate Casey, from Westminster Catawba Christian, each made three tackles in Davidson’s 35-7 loss to Catawba College.
• Charleston Southern topped a Newberry team with a number of locals 16-10. York’s Corey Dover started at safety and made six tackles, while Great Falls’ Alstevis Squirewell started on the defensive line and made three stops, including a tackle-for-loss. Northwestern’s Stephen Nance started at left tackle for the Wolves.
• York’s Andre Foulks made four tackles as Wingate dropped Limestone 38-10 in the Gaffney school’s first intercollegiate football game. Foulks’ fellow Cougar, Spencer Carroll, was 1 for 4 passing for Limestone in the loss.
• Fort Mill’s Tony Godbolt made four tackles as North Greenville’s starting free safety in the Crusaders’ 45-21 season-opening win over Ave Maria University last Thursday.
• Rock Hill’s Ruben Velasquez started at center for St. Augustine’s during the Hawks’ season-opening 41-19 loss to Indiana (Pa.).
• Northwestern’s Jaquavious Mackey made four tackles in the losing effort for Georgia Military College.
• South Pointe’s Anthony Johnson had one catch for 44 yards during No. 5 Butler Community College’s 36-30 loss to No. 2 Iowa Western in a matchup of top-5 junior college football teams.
• Former Northwestern Trojan O’Daryl Davis-Douglas made six tackles during Ellsworth Community College’s 58-13 loss to Coffeyville. Davis-Douglas also recorded a tackle-for-loss.