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Jon Ross Maye
Jon Ross Maye had eight tackles and one tackle for a loss on defense.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Blanks Barton

For the first time since they were re-introduced as a program, Barton was shut out as the Bears dominated the Bulldogs 34-0 to run their winning streak to five in a row. LR held Barton to just 141 total yards, the eighth-fewest total yards allowed in a game in the NCAA Era.

Despite being held scoreless in the first quarter, it was all LR in this one. The Bears scored three second quarter touchdowns and outgained the Bulldogs 319-65 in the first half to cruise to victory.

After Barton missed a 27-yard field goal with 1:11 in the first quarter, the Bears took over. Sean White punched in a QB sneak on 4th and 1 at the Barton one yard line to make it 7-0. With the Bears being pinned back at their own six yard line on their next drive, White orchestrated an 11-play, 94-yard drive that was capped with a 10-yard TD strike to Dominic Marshall. The final scoring drive of the first half was just three plays long and Zyheir Dillard burst a 44-yard touchdown for his second career TD against Barton and his second touchdown run in as many weeks.

The Bears held Barton to 4-of-12 passing for 34 yards in the opening 30 minutes and the Bulldogs rushed 14 times for 31 yards. On the LR side in the first half, Dwayne McGee ran 13 times for 78 yards and Dillard had six carries for 78 yards as LR had 177 yards on the ground on 22 carries. White was 8-of-17 for 142 yards and a TD.

The Bears would churn out the clock in the second half but not before scoring a pair of touchdowns. White would add another 1-yard QB sneak and McGee found paydirt from one yard out as the Bears pushed the lead to 34-0. LR allowed just eight total first downs in the game and the Bulldogs would pass for just 56 yards on 8-of-20 passing.

For the second straight week, LR faced a running back that ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA in rushing yards. For the second straight week, the Bears were up to the task. After holding Limestone’s Tre Steward to nine yards rushing on six carries, LR contained Jordan Terrell to just 62 yards on 17 carries. White went 15-for-30 passing for 247 yards and a TD to go with his two rushing touchdowns. McGee (19 carries, 112 yards) and Dillard (14 carries, 104 yards) each topped the century mark on the day. Kelin Parsons became the first Bear to top 100 yards receiving in a game this year with his six grabs for 117 yards. Ryan Carter added five catches for 73 yards.

McGee and Dillard became the first pair of rushers to top 100 yards in back-to-back games since Jarrod Spears and Chris Robinson each produced back-to-back 100 yard games against Mars Hill and Carson-Newman in November of 2014.

The Bears committed zero turnovers for the second straight game. White hasn’t been sacked in three straight games. In total, the QB has gone 98 straight dropbacks without being sacked. The last opponent to bring White down behind the line of scrimmage was Carson-Newman on the Bears opening drive. The 2.8 yards gained per pass attempt by Barton is the fifth-lowest allowed by LR in the NCAA Era.

For the first time in 60 games, Lenoir-Rhyne failed to register a sack. The streak ended 2,163 days after it started.

This is the second straight season with a shutout for the LR defense who blanked Carson-Newman in 2021. Prior to that, the Bears hadn’t shut out an opponent since Brevard in 2015.

LR is now 12-0 all-time against Barton in matchup history and has won eight of those games in shutout fashion.

The Bears are 6-1 overall, 5-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return to action on Saturday when they host 17th ranked Newberry at 2 p.m. on Homecoming.