Posted by: rcieri | September 14, 2008

Elon Phoenix flies past Presbyterian with 66-12 win

Bo Williamson dodges Presbyterian's line backer Ryan Anderson.

Bo Williamson dodges Presbyterian's line backer Ryan Anderson. (Photo courtesy of Elon Athletics.)

September 14, 2008
By Rachel Cieri

In a stark contrast to the team’s last home game, Elon football pummeled the Presbyterian College Blue Hose Saturday with a 66 to 12 win at Rhodes Stadium.

After the Phoenix flew past Presbyterian in the first quarter, raking in five touchdowns and preventing the opposition from scoring a single point, the Blue Hose could not make up the ground they’d lost. By the end of the second quarter, Presbyterian managed a touchdown, but Elon still outscored them with 17 more points. The Phoenix slowed its rapid touchdown scoring in the second half, but defense remained too strong for the Blue Hose to overcome, leaving them with only one more touchdown.

A.J. Harris and Scott Riddle were the highest-scoring players of the game, with three touchdowns each. Scott Riddle gained a whopping 386 yards, and Bo Williamson hauled a career-high 176 yards, both giving Elon fans a chance to yell “first-down phoenix!” time and time again.

The game was cleanly played, with only two penalties by Elon and one by Presbyterian.

The win was followed by a ten-minute fireworks show and post-game tunes by the Fire of the Carolinas.

The win places Elon in a tie for second in the Southern Conference, with a record of 2-1, outranked only by Wofford College. The Phoenix shares its 2-1 record with Furman, Georgia Southern and Samford universities.

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