Details arriving Tuesday…………………………………The details are in and the news is not good for some and OK for others.
The above mentioned BWU is a team that was posted at insidecarolina.com this week and the word is that Bye Week University(BWU) defeated the University of North Carolina 51-48 on a late field goal Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium. Bye Week University only dressed 11 players and they all went both ways according to the website. The Heels were ashamed after the loss and to make matters worse the Heels have to re-group after the loss to BWU and get ready to play the Miami Hurricanes on the road this Saturday afternoon. If memory serves me correctly UNC beat Miami last season and the Canes will probably be real mad. There are reports coming out of the Triangle that Bob Lee Swagger(BLS) is saying that John Bunting is gone at the end of the year. BLS and JB have been good friends for many years so this may come as a shock to some people who feel that Bob Lee Swagger would never turn on John Bunting.
There were more reports coming out of the Triangle last weekend saying that NC State lost to OWU(Open Week University) but these reports have not been confirmed.
The word in the Raleigh newspaper, the News and Observer, is that a bold move should be coming out of Durham in the near future. Caulton Tudor the N&O #1 writer for the past 25 years is calling Duke University out. Tudor says the Blue Devils need to apply with the NCAA to make a move down in football to the NCAA Division I-AA level. CT says this move must be made and it needs to happen soon or Duke will continue to suffer at the hands of teams that are making the Duke name look bad. Duke football is a total embarassment to the ACC, that’s the word according to CT. Football fans across the Southeast follow Tudor’s columns closely and feel he is the man in the know when it comes to Atlantic Coast Conference sports. Does CT have a case? We do know this, Duke was shutout for the third time this season 37-0 by the lowly or some might say lousy Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium. Can Duke make a move down like this under the current guidelines of the ACC and the NCAA? This would be a football only type move and would require many scheduling nightmares. CT is on the case and we should know more soon.
Locally the Guilford College Quakers out-lasted the Greensboro College Pride 36-30 in double-overtime at the Armfield Athletic Center and on the newly named Herb Appenzeller field at Guilford. The inside that I received from my old buddy Bill Hollifield Jr., who was at the game and called me after it was over, was that the Quakers’ air attack can not be stopped. The Quakers air attack is lead by QB Josh Vogelbach and although he threw 5 interceptions on Saturday the end result in double OT was another Quaker victory. Vogelbach was 34-66 for 360 yards and 4TD’s and he also threw 2 successful two point conversion passes. Chris Barnette led the Quaker receivers with 12 catches for 116 yards and 2TD’s. BJ(Bill Jr.) Hollifield told me that when you have two teams like Guilford and Greensboro that combined for 868 total yards of offense you have barn-burner going on at the Guilford College campus. BJ also reported that the Soup Bowl collected over 10,000 canned goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. BJ sends word that he watched the video and the late field goal by Greensboro in regulation that hit the upright was no good. Bill Jr. was watching a video from a Quaker camcorder. Guilford leaves the shootout at 3-2 and Greensboro is now 2-3.
Our other local entries did not fare so well. NC A&T is 0-4 after losing on the road to Norfolk State 42-20. A&T has now lost 9 straight games and coach Lee Fobbs is looking for Roy Hobbs and is offering up some new Jobbs this week on the Aggie practice field. Elon got pounded by the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Homeconing up in Boone, the final score 45-21 with David and Randy Jackson’s team coming out on top again. Appalachian is #2 in the nation in the D I-AA poll and they might be on a mission to win it all again in 2006. Appy had 569 total yards of offense against Elon and RB Kevin Richardson had 3TD’s.
Last and probably the best team in the state, Wake Forest worked over Liberty in Winston 34-14. Wake goes to 5-0 and Clemson is coming to town this Saturday. The LU Flames hit for a couple of passes through the air and into the end zone but other than that it was all Wake. The Demon Deacons’ freshman QB Riley Skinner will need to be focused big time for the Tigers when they come rolling in from South Carolina this weekend. Rob Shelton will have his Cats ready and Tommy Bowden will have his troops in check as well. Clemson’s only loss came in OT at Boston College and the 4-1 boys from the Esso Club will meet a mean group of Baptists with the unbeaten mark at 5-0. Will Groves Stadium sell out for this game? Something big is brewing in Tobacco Town for this weekend.
PS losers from the last week in September include Winston Salem State and the Catamounts of Western Carolina. East Carolina was off last week and the Pirates will host the Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday at 6pm at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC.