The Lenoir-Rhyne football team (2-1, 1-0 SAC) cruised to a 59-27 victory over Mars Hill (0-3, 0-1 SAC) in the Bears home opener on Thursday afternoon. The 59 points scored was the most in a game since scoring 62 against Alderson Broaddus on Nov. 9, 2013.
The Bears scored three times in the first quarter to open up a 21-point lead on the Lions and never looked back. Jaquay Mitchell scored twice in the opening quarter, once on a seven-yard run and again on a 16-yard pass.
Grayson Willingham was ultra-efficient, going 8-for-10 for 154 yards and four touchdowns all in the first half before giving way to Cal Morris who played the final 30 minutes.
Xzavion Huff, Dareke Young, Mitchell and Kenny Carter each had a rushing touchdown in the victory. T.J. Smith, Drake Starks, Mitchell and Ryan Carter all caught TDs for the Bears explosive offense.
Craig Rucker had a standout game for the Lions, catching 10 balls for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Bears have scored over 50 points in each of the last two games. LR put a 51-spot on the board against North Greenville last Saturday. The last time LR scored over 50 points in consecutive games was 2011.
First-year Head Coach Drew Cronic has led LR to back-to-back wins, the first time that has happened since winning three straight in 2015.
The Bears rushed for 305 yards as a team on 52 rushes. The 468 total yards is actually the lowest total in a game for the Bears in 2018.
This marks the first time LR has defeated Mars Hill since 2015.
LR will travel to preseason South Atlantic Conference favorite Wingate next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.