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BOILING SPRINGS – Narii Gaither scored the go-ahead touchdown on a six-yard pass from Carlton Aiken in the second overtime and A.J. Thomas picked off a batted ball at the one to end a 31-24 win for Gardner-Webb on a wild and wacky Saturday afternoon.
Gardner-Webb improved to 2-0 against Division I competition for the first time since 2006 and rolled up 517 yards of total offense on the day – including 221 yards on the ground. The Runnin’ Bulldogs also held Presbyterian (0-1) to 31 yards rushing on 32 attempts, had six sacks and picked off two passes.
“Hats off to Presbyterian College. Coach Spangler does a really good job and they really fought hard today,” said head coach Tre Lamb. “A win is a win. We battled and came back to win. A sign of a good team is winning a game when you may not play well. You look at the stats, moving the ball was not the problem. We turned it over in critical situations, got a field goal blocked. Not the kind of mistakes a championship program can make. We have a lot to clean up, but I’d rather clean it up with a 2-0 record. It tells me a lot about this team – they’re able to win a game when things don’t go their way. Really proud of our team’s resilience. Both teams’ played their tails off.”
PC: HUFF, Tyler (307 PASS), POWELL, Delvecchio (26 RUSH), PEARSON, Keith (133 REC)
The Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-0) technically played in front of a sellout crowd of 2,700 – with capacity in Spangler Stadium limited to 30 percent in its spring opener. The home crowd enjoyed a spirited rally by the home team, which outscored the Phoenix (1-1) 35-0 after halftime and pulled away.
“This was a program building win,” Lamb said “I think we were too hyped up to start the game. I had to calm them down a little bit. They are a good team and jumped on us in the first quarter, but our defense kept us in the game . In the second half, we stayed together and I think, once we cut it to one score, the momentum just kept building in our favor.”
ELON: Joey Baughman (130 PASS); Joey Baughman (47 RUSH); Donovan Williams (65 REC);