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Owen Down, Braves Out at Wingate

Owen Down, Braves Out at Wingate

By Cody Parker, Sports EditorPhoto by Stefanie Smith

The UNCP football team fell to 1-3 on Sept. 27 with their lopsided 21-3 loss to Wingate at Irwin Belk stadium.

The Braves capitalized on good field position caused by a poor punt in the second quarter to the tune of three points off the foot of Conner Haskins.

It was all Wingate after that, though, as the offense for the Black and Gold couldn’t manage to move the ball much at all.

UNCP had only 120 yards of total offense on 54 plays.

Wingate scored a touchdown in the second, third and fourth quarters to account for their 21 points. They moved the ball effectively, gaining 379 yards of total offense.

Despite having a lot of pressure put on them because of the team’s stagnant offense, UNCP’s defense made some plays as they forced four turnovers.

Three were interceptions which they returned for a combined 97 yards.

Wingate’s touchdown in the second quarter came from a 25-yard pass from Kyle Johnson to Jiwan Funderburk. Running back Nestor Lantigua scored a touchdown for Wingate on a three-yard run the third quarter. Lantigua finished the game with 95 yards on 21 carries and was a consistent force for their offense as they converted eight first downs with their running game on the day.

The final score in the game was another touchdown pass by Johnson. This time he connected with Jordan Berry on a seven-yard score.

UNCP’s starting quarterback Seth Owen left the game in the second quarter after he was hit in the back by a defender as he was already being brought down. He did not return to the game.

Prior to his exit, Owen was five of eight passing for 36 yards and had 13 rushing yards on three carries.

“We don’t define our success by the scoreboard or our record,” said Head Coach Shane Richardson. “Our success is defined by every individual giving his best for the betterment of the team. We’re still not where we want to be, but there were a lot of positives in today’s game that we can build on.”

Andrew Goodman came in to replace Owen and was 10 of 22 passing for 59 yards and threw an interception.

Berry had a big game for Wingate as he caught eight passes, one for touchdown, for 136 yards.

Brandon Fulton, Kendall Jacobs and Darcus Elliott each had an interception for the Braves.

Photo by Stefanie Smith. Rontonio Stanley carries the ball in the Two Rivers Classic from earlier this season.