Sunday, September 4, 2016

Wingate claims 38-28 season-opening triumph over Johnson C. Smith

WINGATE, North Carolina -- Wingate University junior running back and pre-season first team All-South Atlantic Conference Lawrence Pittman (Charlotte, N.C.) had 16 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns to lead the WU offensive attack as the Bulldogs claimed a 38-28 victory in its season and home opener against the Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field Saturday. Pittman was a Harlon Hill Award nominee as a sophomore.

Wingate is back in action at home next Saturday, Sept. 10, when they host the Shaw University Bears for a 1:30 p.m. kick-off. JCSU hits the road again next week as the Golden Bulls venture to Bowie State University. Kick-off is slated for 4 p.m.

"We had a great attitude coming into this game," Wingate head coach Joe Reich says. "We were very relaxed, ready to go and excited to go to battle against a good JCSU team. We knew they were going to give us a great game."

The 'Dogs jumped out to the early 7-0 advantage in the first quarter on a 36-yard rushing touchdown by redshirt freshman wide receiver BJ Muckelvene (Waxhaw, N.C.) at the 8:04 mark. It was the Cuthbertson High School Cavalier's first collegiate carry. "It was very cool to see (BJ score a touchdown)," WU redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Johnson (Hickory, N.C.) says. "BJ looked really good throughout was awesome to see him get this opportunity in his first game."


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