Braves face Warriors during homecoming
By Brad Crawford
Celebrating its first homecoming game in 56 years, UNCP will host Webber International University at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Field Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
The Webber International Warriors are playing in just their sixth season of existence under head coach Kelly Scott.
Scott enters his first season as the Warriors’ leading man after spending 2001-2006 as the team’s defensive coordinator.
The Warriors (1-3) are coming off their first win of 2007 against Faulkner, a team traveling to Pembroke on Oct. 27.
Webber International heads into the homecoming contest averaging 13.5 points per game offensively while yielding a whopping 34.5 per game on the other side of the ball.
Those numbers are skewed due to the 76-0 thumping handed to the Warriors by the Citadel Bulldogs on Sept. 8 in Charleston, S.C.
UNCP (1-3) is coming off a 55-10 loss at Jacksonville on Sept. 22, and will be without Ventura County, Calif., native Matt Evans as the starting quarterback suffered a neck injury likely sidelining him for the season.
The offense will rely on quarterbacks Cory Smith and Ryan Horton as well as tailback Rashan Kennedy.
Kennedy leads all UNCP running backs with 404 yards rushing this season and accounts for 107 all-purpose-yards per game on average.
The 5-foot-8 tailback notched 130 yards against Jacksonville, grasping his third 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Return specialist Perry Connally is averaging 98 all-purpose-yards per game, carrying back punts and kickoffs for the Braves.
Receiver Al Bryant leads all wideouts with nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.
The UNCP defense is spearheaded by Talbert Fullwood from Shallotte, N.C., as the defensive back leads the team with 27 total tackles, including 22 by himself.
Defensive end Ben Kurti leads UNCP in quarterback sacks with 3.5, including a pair in the Braves’ 26-20 victory over Greensboro on Sept. 8.
In that same win over Greensboro earlier this season, the stingy Brave defense recorded five interceptions, five sacks and 12 tackles for loss securing the victory late in the fourth quarter.