Bulldogs beat Newberry and rise to No.14 in National Rankings

Harrison Taylor, Staff Writer

Wingate– Wingate University’s football team won their eighth game of the season this Saturday in a sweeping 44-20 win against Newberry College. The win propelled the  team to No. 14 in the AFCA/NCAA Division II Coaches’ top 25 poll, making it the fourth consecutive week that Wingate was ranked in the AFCA poll.

The Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 SAC) dominated early in the first quarter, earning a quick 21-0 lead against Newberry. This came at the help of receiver/return specialist BJ Muckelvene, who scored three touchdowns during the game, including a South Atlantic Conference-leading punt return of 85 yards.

Later in the second half, senior running back Lawrence Pittman set a school record with his 39th touchdown of his career. Pittman rushed 26 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Pittman and senior linebacker Zack Singleton, who scored a touchdown from an interception early in the first quarter, both received AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors on Monday.

With the win, Wingate clinches a share of the SAC Championship. The Bulldogs host Limestone at 6 p.m. Saturday at Irwin Belk Stadium for Homecoming.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo Credit: Wingate Athletics

Pictured: Zach Singleton #2, he returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Robbie Wallace #10

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