ASHEVILLE, N.C. (October 2, 2018) – The Furman Paladins pulled off a week four Southern Conference upset on Saturday when they defeated Western Carolina, 44-38.
Catamounts’ quarterback Tyrie Adams threw for five touchdowns and 424 yards but Furman more than countered with four rushing touchdowns, an aerial TD from quarterback Harris Roberts, and a 97-yard touchdown return from Dejuan Bell.
The key score for the Paladins (1-3, 1-1) came from Devin Wynn who broke free for a touchdown from midfield with 5:27 in the game to give Furman a 44-31 lead.
Adams’ fifth TD pass was to Connell Young with just 1:41 remaining and closed the gap to six points. The ensuing onside kick attempt from the Catamounts (3-1, 1-1) failed and the Paladins were able to run out the clock for their first win of the year. For WCU, it was their first loss of 2018. Both teams are now 1-1 in the Southern Conference.
College Soccer – Check the Black Mountain News later this week for an article on the Warren Wilson Owls and their head coach, Lydia Vandenbergh. Vandenbergh, a Clemson graduate and veteran of multiple professional leagues, is also a player-owner of the Asheville City Blues’ women’s soccer team that debuted this summer. The Owls are off to one of their best starts in recent years within the USCAA.
Women’s Cross Country – The Furman Paladins’ women’s cross country team was ranked #2 in the Southeast in Monday’s USTFCCCA poll. It’s the third consecutive week that Furman has held to the second spot. On Friday, the Paladins captured second place at the Notre Dame Joe Plane Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.
UNC Asheville freshman Clara Wincheski captured Big South Runner of the Week honors for the second time this season on September 26. The honor was earned in large part by Wincheski’s first-place finish at the Asheville Invitational.
Montreat sophomore Lydia Wilson captured 10th place in the Greater Louisville XC Classic on Saturday. Wilson competed in the women’s 5k ‘blue’ race, the middle competitive tier of three races. She was the top NAIA runner in the overall field of 287 competitors and her time would have placed her 58/226 in the all-NCAA Division I ‘gold’ race.