GREENEVILLE — Tusculum quarterback Bo Cordell gunned his way into the record books as he led the Pioneers to a 54-41 victory in a non-conference scorefest over Elizabeth City State at Pioneer Field on Saturday.
For starters, Cordell’s 596 yards passing was both a Pioneers program and South Atlantic Conference single-game record.
Cordell, whose 1-yard scoring keeper sealed the victory with 3:39 remaining in the game, completed 31 of 42 attempts with no interceptions. He is now the NCAA Division II all-time leader in career completions (1,140). His 12,123 career passing yards now ranks fourth all-time.
The Tusculum receiving corps shared in Cordell’s glory.
Justin Houston had nine catches for 140 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown reception. Johnathon Diliberto had six catches for 153 yards, including an 88-yard TD bomb. Wesley Powell had scoring catches of 19 and 47 yards. Deon Hicks had three catches for 121 yards.
Isaac Robinson led the Pioneers (2-0) with 113 yards rushing, including a 10-yard touchdown run. Fernando Smith punched into the end zone on scoring crashes of 1 and 2 yards.
Emory & Henry 27, Maryville 21
EMORY — A 28-yard scoring interception return by Ryan Byrd with 9:34 remaining in the game gave Emory & Henry the cushion it needed to sustain a win over visiting Maryville at Fred Selfe Stadium.
The Scots (1-1) got a 9-yard scoring run from Trenton Shuler with a minute remaining, bringing the game to within a touchdown. But the Wasps (2-0) recovered the subsequent onside kick and pounded out the clock.
Emory & Henry quarterback Kyle Boden passed for 286 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Chad Williams, a 19-yard scoring strike to Cleo Cooper and a 10-yard TD toss to Lucas Kirby.
Josh Smith led all Wasps pass catchers with nine receptions for 73 yards. Cooper was the long-gains receiver, hauling in five catches for 129 yards.
Former Gate City standout Joseph Vaughn led the Wasps' rushing attack with 64 yards.
Maryville QB Evan Pittinger threw for 217 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown throw to Travis Fielder, who also scored on a 6-yard run. Running back Ed Johnson led the Scots 84 yards on six carries.
Carson-Newman 27, Colorado Mines 24
GOLDEN, Colo. — A 38-yard field goal by Curt Duncan with 5:39 left to play held up to give the Eagles a non-conference road victory at the Colorado School of Mines.
Duncan had hit a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Eagles up 24-21. The Orediggers’ Avery Llewellyn tied it up at 24 with a 23-yard field goal with 11:05 remaining in the game.
Quarterback Diandre Thomas led the Eagles (2-0) with 166 yards rushing, including explosive scoring runs of 73 and 72 yards. Tyron Douglas had 121 yards rushing, adding a 4-yard TD plunge.
Thomas passed for 126 yards, including four throws to Trashaun Ward.
Colorado Mines QB Matt Brown passed for 332 yards and two TDs. He gave up interceptions to former J.I. Burton standout Jaycob Coleman and Jarrett East-Brown.
West Virginia Wesleyan 37, Virginia-Wise 7
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — West Virginia Wesleyan took advantage of six Highland Cavaliers turnovers and scored 30 unanswered points.
The road loss marked Virginia-Wise’s first gridiron appearance in the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference.
Marcus Smith scored the lone TD for the Cavs (0-2, 0-1). The Bobcats (1-1, 1-0) fleeced a combined six picks from Cavs quarterbacks Jeremy Eubank, Ty Ryans and Cullen LaVoi.
Virginia-Wise wide receiver James Long caught 11 passes for 160 yards and Terrance Younger added six catches for 74 yards. Wesleyan held the Cavs to 39 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
Ryans, a former Cherokee standout, completed 10 of 25 attempts for 173 yards with an interception. As a team, the Cavs hit 20 of 46 pass attempts for 273 yards.