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Andre Jefferson
Sophomore Andre Jefferson had eight tackles, five and a half sacks and two quarterback hurries.
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Lenoir-Rhyne Football Ends Season With Home Win

Andre Jefferson broke the Lenoir-Rhyne single game record with 5.5 sacks and the Bears tied the record for most sacks in a game with 10 as they ended the regular season with a dominating 34-14 win over Tusculum. Jefferson broke the record previously held by Dan Louba (2021) and Brad Lindamood (2001) of four sacks in a game.

Jefferson had 3.5 sacks in the first half and the broke the record with a sack in the third quarter. He added a pair of half-sacks in the remainder of the contest to put himself in the record book. Jefferson finished the campaign with 13 sacks which ties for the fourth-most in a single season in program history. The Bears 10 sacks ties the most in a game since recording that same number in a 1998 win over Mars Hill.

Sean White and Zyheir Dillard had first-half rushing touchdowns and Johnathan Medlin converted on field goals from 41 and 47 yards to put the Bears up 20-0 going into the half. At the 12:06 mark of the third quarter, Dwayne McGee broke a 67-yard touchdown run that put the Bears up 27-0.

A double-reverse flea flicker led to a 41-yard touchdown strike for the Pioneers to put the visitors on the board. LR would answer with a Kelin Parsons TD reception from 24 yards out. The final score of the game came on the first play of the fourth quarter when Tre Simmons connected with Mydreon Vines for a 38-yard TD.

White finished the game 14-for-22 for 161 yards and a passing touchdown to go with 29 yards rushing and a TD. McGee totaled 90 yards on his 22 carries and Parsons had 52 yards on his three catches.

Defensively, LR held Tusculum to zero yards rushing in the first half and 12 total yards on 26 carries in the game. Deondre Lester also had three grabs which covered 30 yards. Damien Savage led LR with 12 tackles and added a sack and Jon Ross Maye had seven tackles to go with his sack. Jimmy Palmer III and Percy King had interceptions with Palmer taking his back 25 yards. Jefferson’s final stat line was 8 tackles and 5.5 sacks to go with his two quarterback hurries.

White finished the season with 18 touchdown passes which places him fourth in program history. He added seven rushing touchdowns. McGee topped 3,000 career yards rushing in the game and his 3,041 career yards rushing places him eighth in program history.

The Bears improve to 13-1 in the month of November since the start of the 2018 season.

White’s 60.2 percent completion percentage this season ranks him second in a single-season in program history.

Lenoir-Rhyne ends the season with a record of 8-3 overall, 7-2 in the South Atlantic Conference.