Saturday, November 24, 2018

South Atlantic Foes Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate Meet in Second Round of D2 Championship

After extending its winning streak to 11 straight with a 43-21 win over Florida Tech in the opening round of the 2018 Division II NCAA Playoffs, the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears advance to host and take on Wingate in the Second Round.

Wingate made it to the second round after scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns last Saturday afternoon and rallying for a 41-31 win over 10th-ranked West Georgia

The Bulldogs and Bears squared off back on September 22. Lenoir-Rhyne appeared to have that game in hand, leading 31-7 halfway into the third quarter. But redshirt freshman quarterback Shaw Crocker found senior wideout J.T. Stokes for two big touchdowns to close out the third quarter with 17 unanswered points. Their comeback fell a touchdown short, and one would imagine that Wingate was hoping for a chance to avenge that loss.

Quick Notes
  • Lenoir-Rhyne leads the all-time series 20-13
  • Wingate is 6-10 against the Bears in Hickory
  • The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings at Lenoir-Rhyne
  • The Bears won the first 11 meetings from 1986-1998 and 14 of the first 16 overall
  • Wingate won six straight from 2005-2010
  • Lenoir-Rhyne won the next four from 2011-2014, followed by Wingate's three-game win streak that was snapped this year
  • Biggest win for Lenoir-Rhyne was a 49-7 victory in Monroe in 1992
  • Wingate's biggest margin of victory came in 2016, a 49-6 home win
  • Wingate's 50-49 win in 2009 saw the 'Dogs overcome a 49-32 deficit the final 11 minutes
  • Wingate won 24-14 in 2015 to snap Lenoir-Rhyne's 22-game SAC winning streak 
  • Wingate won 22-14 at Lenoir-Rhyne last season
  • The Bears raced out to a 31-7 lead at Wingate this year, then held on for a 31-24 victory