Game Recap: Football |
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern forced six turnovers and gained over 600 yards of offense en route to their third straight Wesley Cup victory. The Panthers defeated Huntingdon 48-9, holding them scoreless in the second half.
The first quarters saw neither team score after trading a couple of possessions. Early in the second the Panthers were able to hold strong after a lengthy drive by Huntingdon. BSC held the Hawks to just a field goal after getting inside the 15 yard line. Birmingham-Southern took the lead after a 17-yard run by Robert Shufford capped off a six play, 71-yard drive. With 4:02 reaming in the half the Hawks managed to use most of the clock before scoring and taking a 9-7 lead after a touchdown and failed extra point attempt.
The Panthers would head to the lock room trailing 9-7.
It was all Panthers in the second half. After fumbling the opening kickoff, BSC quickly got the ball back when Wes Guilford jumped a short route by the Hawks receiver to give Birmingham-Southern the ball back. BSC regained the lead after Trey Patterson connected with Tavion Fleming for six in the back of the endzone, and after a failed extra point attempt the Panthers held a 13-9 lead. After the lead change the Panthers kicked it up a notch scoring on five of their next seven possessions.
Robert Shufford rushed for four touchdowns in the game, Trey Patterson recorded three total touchdowns (two throwing, one rushing), and Tavion Fleming recorded 104 total yards with a receiving touchdown. The offense was able to take advantage of all the turnovers the defense and special teams were able to force. The defense and special teams unit combined for six turnovers (four fumbles, two interceptions). The defense was also able to shutout the Hawks offense in the second half.
Birmingham-Southern brings the Wesley Cup back to Birmingham for the third straight season.
Birmingham-Southern 2-0 Overall (0-0 SAA), Huntingdon 0-2 Overall (0-0 USA South)
News and notes
> The 601 yards of total offense ranks second all-time in program history.
> Robert Shufford recorded his first four rushing touchdown game of his career.
> The 48 points scored ranks third all-time in program history.
> The four fumble recoveries rank first all-time in program history.
Birmingham-Southern will travel to Little Rock, Ark. Saturday, Sept. 18 as they take on NAIA school Arkansas Baptist. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.