Originally created 10/31/04

Walker leads Blazers in rout of Muleriders



VALDOSTA, Ga. - Fabian Walker passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns to lead Valdosta State to a 45-28 victory over Southern Arkansas on Saturday, the eighth victory in a row for the Blazers.

Walker, who connected on 26 of 34 passes, had scoring passes of 9 yards to Clay Callaway, 5 yards to Rod Dalton and 25 yards to Bama Adams.

The Blazers (8-1, 8-0 Gulf South Conference) took a 38-14 halftime lead over the Muleriders (4-6, 2-6) and were never in serious trouble after that.

Vincent Brown scored on runs of 12 and 2 yards for the Blazers and Tyran Robinson, who ran for 89 yards, added a 30-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal.

Damian Melancon hit on 12 of 23 passes for 237 yards, including a 35-yard scoring pass to Keundric Loucious, and added 121 yards rushing, including three touchdowns on short runs.

SAVANNAH STATE 34, ALLEN 0

In Savannah, Ga., Clyde Tullis threw three touchdown passes and Deandre Young opened the scoring on a 34-yard interception return to lead Savannah State to a victory over Allen.

Tullis, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 204 yards, had scoring passes of 14 yards to Kentar Carlisle, 18 yards to Trevi Sticklen and 12 yards to Marcus Harris.

The Tigers (2-5) also scored on Myshun McAlpine's 7-yard run in the fourth period.

LIBERTY 34, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 6

In Lynchburg, Va., Sam Gado ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns, and Dre Barnes ran for 211 yards and a score as Liberty pasted Charleston Southern.

The Flames (3-5, 2-1 Big South) outgained the Buccaneers 375-66 on the ground, getting scoring runs of 21, 1 and 2 yards from Gado.

MARS HILL 28, NEWBERRY 0

In Newberry, S.C., Antoine Jones ran for 215 yards and one touchdown to lead Mars Hill over Newberry.

Josh Stepp set three records for Newberry in season passing yardage (2,236), season touchdown passes (18), and total offense (2,535 yards) with two games left on the schedule.

COASTAL CAROLINA 31, GARDNER-WEBB 19

In Boiling Springs, N.C., Patrick Hall scored two touchdowns and rushed for 107 yards to lead Coastal Carolina to a win against Gardner-Webb.

The Bulldogs (7-1, 2-0 Big South Conference) scored on three 80-yard drives in the first half.

Hall's first score came on a 6-yard run after a seven-play, 80-yard drive with 8:51 left in the first quarter, making it 14-0.

Hall scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard run early in the second quarter that capped the Bulldogs' third 80-yard drive of the first half, making it 24-7.