Freshman leads Reinhardt to upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — L.J. Stegall scored three touchdowns as Reinhardt upset Faulkner, ranked 23rd in the NAIA, 28-24 on Saturday night.

His 5-yard catch from Ryan Thompson gave Reinhardt, a first-year program, the lead.

Stegall (Jeff Davis) also scored on a 95-yard kickoff return and a 61-yard pass for the Eagles (2-2, 1-0 Mid-South Conference), who have won two consecutive games.

Niagel Curtis (Gordon Central) also scored on a 55 yard run and Alvarez Thomas (Monticello) and Juice Arnold picked off passes for Reinhardt.

Tevin McCoy (Carrollton) had nine tackles and a pair of sacks, and Blake Barnes (Whitewater) had seven tackles and a sack.

Fort Valley State 12, Clark Atlanta 9, 2 OT

ATLANTA — Fort Valley State quarterback Eugene Smith scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down in the second overtime for a 12-9 victory over the host Panthers on Saturday.

Clark (0-3, 0-2 in the SIAC) appeared poised to give first-year coach Kevin Weston his first career victory when Austin Casillas kicked a 36-yard field goal on the Panthers’ possession.

Fort Valley State’s Nikilous McDaniels (Northside-Warner Robins) had five consecutive carries to put Smith in position for the game-winning score.

McDaniels rushed for 89 yards and scored on an 11-yard touchdown for the Wildcats (1-2, 1-0).

Bradley Battles rushed for 95 yards and Montavious Taylor (Carver-Atlanta) added 55 yards rushing for Clark Atlanta.

Taylor also caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Trent Earl (Stockbridge) to tie the score at 6-all with 6:31 left in the third quarter.

Both teams missed field goals in the first overtime.

Clark and Fort Valley State combined for 17 punts, and the Panthers were held to 188 yards of offense.

Terrance Pryor had 2½ of Clark’s five sacks.

Mercer 43, Berry 0

MACON — Payton Usher rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown to lead Mercer.

Usher (Northgate) averaged 12.8 yards on his 12 carries as Mercer (3-0) had 513 yards of offense.

John Russ (Mill Creek) was 6-of-9 for 89 yards and touchdown passes of 14 and 15 yards as Mercer took a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

Usher added to the lead with a 65-yard touchdown run with 13:31 left in the second quarter.

Caleb Brown (Fayette County) added two touchdowns rushing.

Berry (1-2) was held to nine first downs and 68 yards of offense.

7 comments Add your comment


September 25th, 2013
8:50 am

MERCER is recruiting very well. They will get some quality players in both North and South Ga.


September 23rd, 2013
10:12 pm

Been loving me some Mercer football! Reinhardt has been by far the best opponent so far, but conference play starts this week. How about the crowds of 12,000 and 10,000 for the first two games! The weather really limited attendance this past weekend. Go Bears!!!!!!


September 22nd, 2013
8:14 pm

Mercer has a darn fine coach!

Football Dad

September 22nd, 2013
8:14 pm

Pretty incredible what Reinhardt is doing with a mostly freshman team and playing in a conference with five teams ranked in the NAIA top 25. Hats off to the coaching staff for a job well done. These kids are resilient and determined. Thanks to the AJC for showing Reinhardt some love. Let’s make it 3 in a row this week Eagles!

Soaring Eagle

September 22nd, 2013
7:45 pm

If Reinhardt Football team keeps up winning streak and upsets more top 25 naia teams, start building new dorms Reindhart! (p.s. start working on better food for the cafe too).


September 22nd, 2013
6:02 pm

I like that Reinhardt Football is getting some love from the AJC. The young Eagles are playing well this year and I have high hopes for the future of the program.


September 22nd, 2013
3:51 pm

Pretty cool that the state of Georgia has more college football now…