Football falls on the road to Huntingdon in Wesley Cup Game, 29-12

LaPrintence Gunn (photo by Cari Dean)
LaPrintence Gunn (photo by Cari Dean)

MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern football team dropped its second straight game Saturday evening, losing to in-state rival Huntingdon, 29-12, at Samford Stadium in Montgomery in the Wesley Cup Game.

The Hawks move to 1-1 with the win, while the Panthers now stand at 0-2.

After a scoreless first quarter, the teams traded touchdowns to open the scoring in the second quarter, beginning with a short run by Luke Bailey. BSC tied it up three minutes later on a five-yard rush by sophomore quarterback Austin Martin, but the Hawks pulled back ahead immediately when BSC's extra point attempt was blocked and returned to put Huntingdon up 8-6.

The Hawks scored once in the third quarter to go up 15-6, and then opened the fourth quarter with two straight scores to increase the lead to 29-6. The Panthers finally found the end zone again with 1:15 left in the game when sophomore tailback Samir Usman ran eight yards. BSC missed the extra point for a final score of 29-12.

Martin was 14-25 for 91 yards with one interception. Junior running back Acorye White led BSC with 72 yards, while senior wide receiver Michael Cowan led with 33 yards. Senior defensive back LaPrintence Gunn led BSC with 11 tackles (10 solo) and two interceptions, while senior Hunter Mims led with two tackles-for-loss. Senior Connor Shannon also had a sack.

BSC returns home next Saturday, hosting Stetson University at 1 p.m. on Battle Field at Panther Stadium.