Saturday, September 30, 2023

Wingate Bulldogs Dominate Erskine Flying Fleet in 45-0 Shutout Victory

WINGATE  In a dazzling display of gridiron dominance, the Wingate University Bulldogs exhibited their prowess with a staggering 475 yards of offense while stifling Erskine College to a mere 49 total yards, culminating in an emphatic 45-0 triumph during the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) football showdown at Irwin Belk Stadium. This victory elevates Wingate's overall record to 3-2, with a strong 2-1 standing in the SAC.

Key Statistical Highlights

  • Offensive Powerhouse: Wingate amassed 293 rushing yards and 182 passing yards, totaling 475 yards, contrasting starkly with Erskine's paltry 37 rushing yards and a meager 12 passing yards, summing up to just 49 yards.
  • First Down Dominance: The Bulldogs held a commanding 25-6 lead in first downs.
  • Time of Possession: Wingate asserted its control by holding the ball for over 37 minutes.
  • Red Zone Excellence: Wingate capitalized on five of six red zone opportunities, while Erskine never managed to breach the red zone.

Standout Performances

  • Corey Siemer: Siemer showcased his prowess with 78 rushing yards and an impressive three touchdowns.
  • Brooks Bentley: Bentley orchestrated the offensive symphony with a 9-for-13 passing record, accumulating 125 yards and a touchdown.
  • Defensive Fortitude: The Bulldogs' defense was equally stellar, with Bryan Bordeaux leading the charge with nine tackles, two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.
  • Special Teams Brilliance: Caleb Bonesteel's pinpoint accuracy was on full display as he converted all six PATs and nailed a 40-yard field goal.

Wingate's Corey Siemer shakes off an Erskine defender
Photo Credit: Leah Knowles
First Quarter: Bulldog Dominance Begins

Wingate asserted its dominance early, marching 72 yards on 10 plays during its opening drive. Corey Siemer's explosive 23-yard run paved the way for a touchdown, and Wingate surged to a 7-0 lead.

Second Quarter: Bulldogs Extend Lead

A relentless 11-play, 63-yard drive, culminating in Siemer's second touchdown, increased the lead to 14 points. The Bulldogs' defense continued to shine, with Trevor Grant securing an interception, setting the stage for Siemer's third touchdown, and Wingate commanded a 21-0 lead. A spectacular 42-yard touchdown pass from Bentley to Tremel Jones further solidified their dominance at 28-0.

Third Quarter: Bulldogs Continue to Impress

The Bulldogs didn't let up in the third quarter, adding three more points with a 40-yard field goal by Bonesteel. A second touchdown drive saw Wingate extend their lead to 38-0, with O'Brien Barnett crossing the goal line from eight yards out.

Fourth Quarter: Final Flourish

In the final quarter, the Bulldogs showed no mercy, embarking on a seven-play, 68-yard drive that culminated in a 16-yard touchdown run by Matt Pack, sealing the resounding 45-0 victory.

Up Next

Wingate travels to take on Catawba next Saturday at 6 p.m.