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No. 14 Lenoir-Rhyne football team ran for 276 yards as a team and had a pair of 100-yard rushers and Sean White threw four touchdown passes and ran for one as the Bears dominated Limestone. The Bears are the only team in the SAC with a zero in the loss column.
LR scored the first 16 points of the game and never looked back. Kelin Parsons caught the first of four TD passes from Sean White and Zyheir Dillard took a screen pass 43 yards to the end zone as the Bears ran out early. Limestone cut it to 16-7 before Malik Simmons caught his third touchdown pass of the season. LR would take the 23-7 lead into the break.
The Saints took the opening kickoff of the second half and went 75 yards on seven plays and then convert the 2-point conversion to make it 23-15. Ryan Carter answered with a 95-yard kick return on the ensuing kickoff, his second straight week with a special teams touchdown, and Limestone never got it within one possession the rest of the game. Dwayne McGee punched in a 14-yard touchdown and Dominic Marshall caught a 4-yard TD before White finished the scoring with a 1-yard QB sneak as the Bears topped the 50 point mark.
LR averaged 6.6 yards per carry and Dillard (8 carries, 121 yards) and McGee (18 carries, 117 yards) gave the Bears a pair of 100-yard backs in the same game for the first time since Ameen Stevens and Jaquay Mitchell did so against Tusculum in September 2018.
White went 17-of-22 for 247 yards and four touchdowns with no turnovers. Andre Jefferson led the way defensively with eight total tackles and a sack. Devin Hibbitt and T.J. Blanding had interceptions for LR and Rondarius Porter had his first career sack.
For Limestone, quarterback Dustin Noller threw for 327 yards and a trio of touchdowns to go with his two picks and went just 24-for-46 passing. Tre Stewart came in as the leading rusher in the league and in the top 10 in the nation but he was held to nine yards on six carries and fumbled. Stewart did have a pair of TD receptions.
White’s four passing touchdowns tied an NCAA-Era mark but were one shy of the program mark of five. Joel Roope (1990) and Brian Bryson (1987) each threw for five. Grayson Willingham most recently threw four TD’s against Mars Hill in 2018. White’s 77.3 completion percentage was also the seventh-highest in the NCAA Era.
Carter’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the seventh-longest in program history. It was also the first kickoff for a touchdown since October 2018.
The last time the Bears topped the 50 point mark was in the 2021 season finale against Catawba. Just four league games into the season, each SAC school has at least one loss except for the Bears.
The Bears are 5-1 overall, 4-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. LR will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Barton for a 4 p.m. kickoff.