PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Pikeville got its introduction to true freshman quarterback Trevon Wofford in a big way Thursday night as his second-half spark carried the Bears to a crucial 52-23 win against Livingstone.
Wofford tore the Blue Bears (0-1) defense apart, but mostly with his ability to run. The freshman rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. He added two more touchdowns through the air, going 3-4 for 39 yards with an interception.
That injection of offensive power led Pikeville (1-1) to 28 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters after losing the lead for the first time.
Livingstone stuck around in the first half, trading Pikeville nearly blow-for-blow. Pikeville got on the board early with a touchdown pass from Bowen Smith to Arites Clark on a 4th and 14 conversion. Clark also had a massive game, catching five passes for 113 yards.
The Blue Bears answered with a long touchdown drive that took over six minutes off the play clock with 16 plays while going 90 yards, capped off by a short pass from Miles Hayes to Everett Ransom. Hayes went 20-39 in the game for Livingstone with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Smith quickly answered with a touchdown pass of his own, a three-yarder to Jordan Owens. The junior quarterback somewhat rebounded from a poor outing in his previous game, going 7-15 for 115 yards with those two touchdowns.
Wofford entered the game on the second drive of the third quarter, and immediately made his presence felt. On his first drive, he carried the ball three times for 39 yards and bookended the drive with completions, including his first career touchdown pass to Anfernee Brown for Pikeville to reclaim the lead at 21-17.
He and the Bears did not look back from there, scoring on all five of its next possessions to close out the game. True freshman running back Derius Gibson scored his first career touchdown and Duke Ferguson scored for the first time this season during that run.
Meanwhile, the UPIKE defense stymied the Blue Bears for most of the second half, as they limited Livingstone to 100 yards offense total after the halftime break.
As a unit, the Bears made 11 tackles for loss, including 2.5 each from Joe Fluker and Tyler Lyttle, plus two sacks and two interceptions from Cedric Thomas. Thomas’ outing marks the second straight multi-interception game for a Bear defender as Taeron Brown did it in the first half against Keiser.
UPIKE will try to continue its winning ways in its final Thursday night matchup against Bethel on September 6 at 7 p.m. at Hambley Athletic Complex.