By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
Three touchdown passes from Scott Riddle to Terrell Hudgins on consecutive possessions guided the Elon Phoenix to an overwhelming 45-10 victory over the Chattanooga Mocs on Saturday. Elon stepped up to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while Chattanooga dropped to 4-3, 2-3.
“[It’s] great to get another SoCon win and to do it in convincing fashion,” said Elon head coach Pete Lembo. “This is one of those good wins where we can enjoy it but go back tomorrow and see some things on film that we can tweak and improve on.”
Elon’s homecoming game didn’t start off the way the Phoenix wanted when Riddle threw an interception on the team’s first play from scrimmage. Craig Camay connected on a 27-yard field goal and gave Chattanooga a 3-0 advantage. However, the Mocs lead lasted for just two more possessions.
Hudgins’ three touchdown receptions were not only his first three catches of the afternoon, but they also provided Elon a 21-3 edge early in the second quarter. The next time the Phoenix had the ball came after a Chattanooga fumble and resulted in a 36-yard field goal from Adam Shreiner.
On the ensuing drive for the Mocs, Elon’s Darrius McQueen blocked a punt, and A.J. Harris returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. The Phoenix led 31-3 at halftime.
Riddle played only the first three quarters of the blowout, completing 13 of his 18 passes for 196 yards. Hudgins caught six of those passes for 74 yards.
Elon’s offense picked up 179 yards on the ground, as Jamal Shuman ran 16 times for 61 yards. Brandon Newsome and A.J. Harris each had six carries for 48 and 33 yards respectively.
On defense, Karlos Sullivan contributed with an interception and six tackles. Brandon Wiggins and Cameron McGlenn each delivered seven tackles. Travis Greene also made key stops, adding six tackles.
Next Saturday, Elon visits the Wofford Terriers and Chattanooga hosts the Western Carolina Catamounts.
WSOE Sports Director