HICKORY, N.C. — Caught in a bear hug it couldn’t escape, the Eagles’ offense got the air squeezed out of it in a 37-3 South Atlantic Conference road rupture at Moretz Stadium.
The Bears (8-1, 6-0) limited Carson-Newman to less than 100 yards rushing for the first time this century. The Eagles (7-2, 3-2) rushed for 90 yards and had 155 yards of total offense.
“It’s on me,” C-N coach Ken Sparks said. “We’ve got a great group of kids who are playing as hard as many of them can. I thought we had a good game plan, but evidently not.”
The contest is the fourth since 1996 that C-N has been held without a touchdown. Curt Duncan gave Carson-Newman its only lead when he hit his 27th career field goal – a 23-yarder – with 7:08 left in the first quarter.
The score capped off a 13-play, 75-yard drive that accounted for half of C-N’s offense for the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne then ripped off 37 unanswered points.
The Bears held C-N to season lows for points, rushing yards, total offense and first downs.
L-R racked up 327 yards on the ground, led by Graham Duncan’s 99 yards and Jarrod Spears’ 82. Quarterback Miles Freeman rushed for 47 yards and pair of scores.
Tyron Douglas (Clover, S.C.) had 45 yards on 11 carries for the Eagles. Jaycob Coleman led the Eagles defensively with 14 tackles. The total marked his fourth straight game with 13 or more stops.