Sean White hit Kelin Parsons for a game-winning touchdown in double overtime that led the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team to a victory at Newberry in LR’s season opener, 27-20. The Bears have now won 18 straight games against South Atlantic Conference opponents.
The Bears started off the scoring with a blocked punt on Newberry’s first drive. Jordan Holmes broke through to block the punt and Alvin James returned it for 20 yards for a touchdown on his first career touch. On the ensuing extra point, senior kicker Chase Allbaugh became the program’s all-time leader in career points by a kicker. Allbaugh surpassed Colin Corpe with his 265th career point. In addition, on the second play of the game, Amari Houston recorded a sack to extend Lenoir-Rhyne’s streak of consecutive games with at least one sack to 40.
The Bears were held without a first down until freshman RB Dwayne McGee started moving the chains on his own. Three long runs got the LR offense moving. Each team had seven first downs in the first half but Newberry dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 19:58.
Percy King scored the second non-offensive touchdown of the contest as he returned an interception 10 yards to put LR up 17-14. However, the Wolves evened the game at 17 with just over one minute left. Lenoir-Rhyne had a chance to win the game in regulation but a 42-yard field goal was blocked as time expired.
In the first OT, the Bears held Newberry to a short field goal but didn’t convert a first down on offense and Allbaugh calmly sank a 33-yarder to send the game to a second OT. The second OT was just two plays before White hit Parsons for the game-winner.
Defensively, LR held Newberry to three straight incompletions before intercepting a Hail Mary on the final play of the game.
Lenoir-Rhyne started double-digit newcomers including true freshman QB Sean White. For the second consecutive trip into Newberry, Lenoir-Rhyne won with a freshman QB making his first career start. Back in 2018, Gunnar Anderson led the Bears to a 34-21 win at Setzler Field.
McGee finished with 30 carries for 160 yards, the 165th all-time 100-yard rushing game for LR in the NCAA era. Ryan Carter had a team-high five grabs for 51 yards. Jon Ross Maye finished with a game-high 14 tackles and Amari Houston added nine and also split a sack with King.
The Bears season starts at 1-0. LR will host Barton in the Bears home opener on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.