Carson-Newman Blasts Tusculum, Awaits Playoff Fate

JEFFERSON CITY -- The Eagles continued their offensive onslaught, rolling over intra-state rival Tusculum, 63-24 to finish the regular season at 10-1 overall and 5-1 in the South Atlantic Conference.

The Eagles rolled up 524 yards of total offense. 83 of those yards came courtesy of Buck Wakefield's TD run with 10:55 remaining in the first quarter. Alex Good gave C-N a two-touchdown advantage with a one-yard TD run to cap a 12-play, 41-yard drive.

After a 23-yard field goal by TC's Gareth Rowlands, Wakefield found the end zone again, this time from 31 yards out, for a 21-3 lead. With less than a minute in the half, Good found Otis Miller in the left corner of the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown completion to give C-N a 28-3 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Eagle ground game rolled on as Clarence Goines scored from two yards out while Wakefield hauled in a screen pass from Good and scampered 40 yards to paydirt as the Eagles increased their lead to 42-3.

Tusculum ended their touchdown drought against C-N when Corey Russell tossed an eight-yard pass to Calvin Britt. The Pioneers had failed to score a touchdown against the Eagles since 2003. In the last three meetings prior to the Saturday's game, C-N outscored Tusculum, 103-6.

Matt Ward continued the Eagle rushing attack with a 13-yard touchdown run for a 49-10 lead and Alex Rouse tossed a 19-yard TD to Mo Whitten to make the score 56-10 in the Eagles' favor.

Patrick King's 70-yard touchdown burst and Jamichael Caldwell's 43-yard TD reception from Brandon Behenna capped the Pioneer scoring while Eagle quarterback Caleb Sorrells scored the first touchdown of his Eagle career with a one-yard sneak into the end zone.

Good completed 13-of-19 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Wakefield had eight touches for 123 yards and two scores. The sophomore runner averaged an astounding 15.4 yards per carry. James Banks had five catches for 35 yards while Wakefield caught three passes for 69 yards and a score. Linebackers Eric Rice and Brian Brown anchored an aggressive Eagle defense. Brown collected 8.5 tackles while Rice had 7.5 tackles including one sack.

For the Pioneers, Russell was 24-of-44 for 246 yards and one touchdown while Patrick King collected 10 carries for 107 yards and one touchdown. Caldwell caught six passes for 92 yards and one score while Justin Scott had 6.5 tackles to lead the Pioneers on defense.

The Eagles now await word on their NCAA Division II playoffs fate. The pairings will be announced on Sunday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

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