N.C. football previews

October 19, 2012 

Johnson C. Smith (3-4, 2-2 CIAA) vs. Shaw (4-3, 3-1), 1 p.m., Durham County Stadium

Quarterback James Stallons and the Bears are rolling, outscoring their past three opponents 109-54 while surging into second place in the Southern Division. Stallons threw for 870 yards and 7 touchdowns during that span. Freshman running back Marquise Grizzle ran for 229 yards last week and now leads the CIAA in rushing with 747 yards.

Fayetteville State (1-6, 0-4 CIAA) at Saint Augustine’s (4-3, 2-2), 2 p.m., George Williams Athletic Complex

St. Augustine’s Tyron Laughinghouse leads Division II in kickoff return average (49.2 yards) and return touchdowns (3). His 12 total touchdowns – he also has eight receiving, and one punt return – lead the CIAA. Teammate Javarous Faulk is second in Division II in sacks with 111/2.

No. 8 Wofford (5-1, 3-1 Southern) at No. 13 Appalachian State (5-2, 3-1), 3:30 p.m.

The loser likely is eliminated from the SoCon title hunt. Both teams are tied for second, a half game behind Georgia Southern, which the Appalachian plays in two weeks. The Mountaineers must contain Wofford running back Eric Breitenstein, who has 995 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Wofford averages 410 rushing yards per game.

Western Carolina (1-6, 0-5 SoCon) at Elon (2-4, 0-3), 3 p.m.

Elon has had two weeks to prepare for Western Carolina’s defense, which has allowed 45 or more points five times. Homecoming represents a good opportunity for the Phoenix to end a three-game losing streak.

Davidson (0-6, 0-3 Pioneer) at Campbell (1-5, 0-3), 6 p.m.

Former Ravenscroft standout Lanny Funsten broke the Pioneer Football League single-game records for catches (17) and receiving yards (246) in Davidson’s loss last week against Jacksonville. He now has 191 career catches and 2,362 yards. Both are school records. Campbell had just 79 yards of total offense in last week’s loss at San Diego.

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