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Wildcat Football Preview: Morehead State

by | Oct 10, 2018 | Sports

Davidson sophomore linebacker T.J. Elliott (43) celebrates after grabbing the lone interception in the game against Jacksonville at Richardson Stadium on Saturday. The Wildcats took advantage of interception and scored on the resulting possession. The ‘Cats held onto an early lead to beat the Dolphins 44-37. The win moved the ‘Cats to a 5-1 record on the season.

DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson returns to Richardson Stadium for a Pioneer Football League clash with Morehead State University Saturday, Oct. 13. Kick off from Stephen B. Smith Field is slated for 1 p.m.


Davidson sophomore quarterback Tyler Phelps led the Wildcats to another victory at Richardson Stadium on Saturday. The ‘Cats held onto an early lead to beat the Dolphins 44-37. The win moved the ‘Cats to a 5-1 record on the season.

The Wildcats trail the all-time series 6-13 dating back to the first meeting in 1999. The Eagles ride a 6-game winning streak over the ‘Cats into Saturday’s contest.

All Davidson students who come to the final three home football games, Morehead State (Oct. 13), Stetson (Oct. 27) and Butler (Nov. 17) and check into the Wildcat Pride App will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the November 25 Carolina Panthers game vs. the Seattle Seahawks at Bank of America Stadium! The winner will be announced at halftime of the Butler game.

Davidson won its second straight PFL game for the first time since 2007 when they downed Jacksonville at Richardson Stadium last Saturday, 44-37. Behind a 21-0 third, the ‘Cats pushed out a 35-point advantage over the Dolphins highlighted by 3 James Story touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Phelps completed 5 of 6 passes for 98 yards and a 23-yard TD pass to rookie Eli Turner Jr., while Jacksonville natives Keylan Brown and Pat Tabor each notched their first scores of the season in the winning effort. On the defensive side, junior linebacker George Hatalowich recorded double digit tackles (13) for the second straight game and added a sack. Classmate Bryce Perry-Martin made 11 stops, while sophomore linebacker TJ Elliott filled the defensive stat sheet, registering his first career interception and recovered a fumble to go along with 6 tackles.

Davidson junior runningback James Story gave the Wildcats their first score of the game against Jacksonville on Saturday. Story added two more touchdowns on the afternoon, and ran for 70 yards. The ‘Cats held onto an early lead to beat the Dolphins 44-37.

MSU enters the contest 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the PFL. The Eagles have faced a tough schedule to start the season, taking on previously nationally ranked No. 23 Austin Peay (L, 78-40) and reigning PFL Champs San Diego (L, 51-34). MSU quarterback Lawson Page has thrown for 917 yards and 8 scores to 7 different receivers. Only Sugar Ray Wyche Jr. has 2 touchdown grabs for the balanced Eagle receiving core.

Morehead State erased a 14-7 Davidson lead in the third, scoring a pair of touchdowns to claim a 21-14 season-ending win iat Jayne Stadium. Wesley Dugger rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries and a score, while Stockton McGuire also found the end zone. The Eagles narrowly outgained the ‘Cats (329-325 yards) in a tightly contested affair. MSU quarterback Lawson Page completed 18 of 29 passes for 213 yards and three total scores (1 rush, 2 pass). Davidson’s Tyler Phelps connected on 17 of 40 passes including 5 completions to Hunter Louthan.

Fans can connect directly with the Davidson Football staff on Facebook (, Twitter (@DavidsonFB) and Instagram (@DavidsonFootball). Head coach Scott Abell is on Twitter and can be found at @Scott_AbellFB.

Davidson junior William Wicks took this reception for 57 yards, and just barely went out of bounds at the 2 yard line. Wicks also had 6 carries for 59 yards against Jacksonville on Saturday. He averaged 9.8 yards per carry. The ‘Cats held onto an early lead to beat the Dolphins 44-37.

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