Monday, October 10, 2022

SAC Games Of The Week: A Week Of Upsets Creates Early Chaos



An upset-filled Week 5 sends the South Atlantic Conference into Week 6 with some surprise contenders, and favorites in need of a rebound.

Oct 5, 2022 by Kyle Kensing

Hurricane Ian forced changes to the South Atlantic Conference's Week 5 schedule — and that has hardly the only upheaval on the docket. 

Beginning with the Thursday doubleheader moved up from the weekend, Week 5 created chaos in a SAC championship race that's only just begun. Limestone went into Mars Hill and beat the Lions at their own style of game, winning a 17-14 defensive struggle. 

Tusculum, which had been posting some of the more impressive offensive numbers in the SAC, was left standing in a 14-13 grinder against Barton. But the most chaotic development of Week 5 came on Saturday, when Carson-Newman stunned reigning conference champion Newberry, 24-14. 

The weekend of upsets leaves just two teams undefeated in conference play — and they just happen to face off in Week 6, highlighting the slate of potentially pivotal SAC games. 

Limestone at Lenoir-Rhyne

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2022 Limestone vs Lenoir-Rhyne

Limestone's reversal under coach Mike Furrey this season is nothing short of remarkable. The Saints' only loss came Week 1 against FCS opponent Gardner-Webb; since, they've won four straight (a program record) and three in-conference. That matches Limestone's SAC win total over the 2019, spring 2021 and 2021 seasons combined

Tre Stewart's been outstanding as the engine driving a much-improved Limestone offense. Stewart is averaging 153.6 rushing yards per game, fourth-best in Div. II, and has accrued 768 yards on the ground to rank second nationally. 

Stewart's 10 total touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) also set the pace for a Limestone bunch scoring almost 36 points per game. The Saints' approach isn't conventional, but playing both John Seter and Dustin Noller at quarterback has proven effective. 

The two-quarterback approach presents an interesting test for a Lenoir-Rhyne defense that has improved its yield nearly every week. Since losing Week 2 to reigning national champion Ferris State, the Bears have held opponents (all in-conference) to 20, 13 and 10 points

Lenoir-Rhyne has also won those game going away, none with a margin of less than 21 points. 

Defensive tackle Andre Jefferson has been outstanding, racking up 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries through Lenoir-Rhyne's first five games. 

Running back Dwayne McGee has stepped up his production on the other side of the ball after an underwhelming first two games, rolling up more than 300 yards with five rushing touchdowns in the Bears' three conference wins. 

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