Everything went right for the N.C. Wesleyan football team on Saturday, and the USA South Conference took notice.
The Bishops earned a 48-24 win over host and rival Methodist, and snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory. The Bishops were strong in all aspects of the game, and picked up a USA South Conference sweep in athlete of the week honors.
Running back Jeff Black was named the conference’s offensive player of the week following Black’s game-high 119 yards and two touchdowns. The honor was the first in his career.
On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Antonio Johnson collected his third defensive player of the week honor of the season following his monster game. The senior collected 17 tackles (a season high), four of which went for a loss.
Johnson also forced a fumble and picked off Methodist quarterback Brandon Bullins in the third quarter.
NCWC (4-4) also took home special teams player of the week honors as Kevin Alford picked up the first weekly honor of his career. Alford tied the score at 7-7 when he took his first kick return 92 yards for a touchdown.
Also for the Bishops, quarterback Donielle Totten turned in his second three-touchdown game with no interceptions. Totten threw for 180 yards, and led long scoring drives throughout the game.
The Bishops scored touchdowns on drives of 99, 70, 73 and 70 yards in the first half while taking a 28-17 lead into halftime. NCWC went on to scored the next three touchdowns (all through the air) coming out of the break to gain a 48-17 lead.
NCWC has two more games this season. Next up is a road conference game at Huntingdon on Saturday, followed by the regular season finale at home against Maryville on Nov. 16. The game against Maryville will be played at noon on the NCWC campus at the Vernon T. Bradley practice complex.